Taking a Stand


 ”She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

The statistics are staggering. Human Trafficking globally is estimated to make over $32 billion a year. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is second only to drug trafficking. 80% of the victims are women and young girls. The average age for entry into prostitution or sexual exploitation is 12 years old. 50% of human trafficking victims are minors. 42% of those recruiting victims are women.

It is estimated that 2 children are sold every minute.

I went to a Love 146 production last year. They had Heather Clark with them who had her worship dance team there. Their purpose of their production is to raise awareness for Human Trafficking. The production was so powerful! (To see the opening dance click here)

In proverbs 31, “The Woman who Fears the Lord” – says in verse 20 that she “opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” (NIV)

These women and children are in desperate need. Human Trafficking is not just happening in far away countries. It is happening in this country. It is happening in your city. This issue is so little-known. Most do not realize that this is happening even right down their street.

We need to take a stand to to extend our hands to those who are in need. To think that for every minute 2 children are sold.

SOLD!

What is life that a price can be put on it? And yet these children are sold for cheap sex.

The average slave is sold for $90. A life is sold for $90.

Will you stand and reach out to help them?

(To join the Love 146 cause on facebook click here.)

On a larger scale, check out http://pearlalliance.org

Reaching Out,

Brittany L. Ketter

 

#31DaysofFreedom

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Hear Us From Heaven – The Silent Cries of Millions


Due to the bitter-cold temperatures (10-20 below 0 with the wind chill), our school has a two-hour delay this morning. What lies heavily on my heart this moment are the effects of a decision  made 40 years ago, January 22, 1973 – Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court decision to overturn the interpretation of abortion law making abortion legal in the United States. If the weather wasn’t enough to make me cold, the knowledge of the 55+ million lives that were lost since the Roe v. Wade decision does.

My heart breaks for the millions that were not given the chance to live.

And my heart breaks for the mothers who still suffer from that decision and the pain that resulted from it.

And my heart breaks for the families that will never know these precious lives.

I do not write to condemn those who have been there. I do not write to attack or offend in any way. But I write as a voice for those that were silenced before they got to speak. I write as a voice for those who will never get to speak. Proverbs 31:8 says this:

“Speak for those who cannot speak; seek justice for all those on the verge of destruction.”  (ISV)

The New King James Version puts it this way,  “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.” 

I speak on behalf of the millions affected by Roe v. Wade. 

Today I beseech you, go to your knees and intercede for this generation. “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Pray for God’s love and peace to cover:

  • Those currently contemplating abortion and who may feel like that is their only choice
  • The post-abortive women who are hurting from their decision and those that this decision was forced on them
  • The men who will never meet their child due to an abortion

Pray for:

  • The hearts of the people to change and for there to be a respect and a love for life.
  • The government officials to have a respect for life.
  • Godly people to be elected into government positions.

 

For those of you who have already had an abortion:

You are loved. You have not been disqualified from the love of God. Know that there are prayers going up for you today.

 

Lord, You hear the silent cries of millions. From the innocent who have already lost their voices, to those grieving and silently suffering. Let the hurting feel your love and your peace today. Call this nation back to you. Amen.

 

Live. Pursue. Love. Endure.

~Brittany L. Ketter

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 20


photoAs I have been studying the Proverbs 31 woman verse by verse, I will admit, I cannot read that passage and not think of my mother.

Two verses that I really want to highlight on are 27-28:

“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.” (NIV)

My momma is always doing something. She is actively involved in our lives on a consistent basis (that includes even my brother and I who are away at school). With 5 kids that cannot always be easy, but she does an amazing job.

My momma has many fine qualities and is a woman of character. When I think of my mother, the first thing that comes to mind is her strength. She is always like a rock in the storm. She has a strength about her in all she does. She tells you like it is. And she’s grounded. Momma is solid and is a woman of virtue.

Something that really blesses me about my mother, is the love that she and my dad have for each other. There is no better team, and no greater gift that my siblings and I could be given than that.

Even this being said, I feel like I cannot adequately describe my mother. I can never thank her enough for everything she’s done and for everything she is.

The worth of a mother goes beyond what words can describe. 

I am beyond blessed with the mother that God has given to me. I am proud to be my mother’s daughter.

Beyond that, as I have grown, my relationship with my mother has changed in many ways…it has had its stages, but what comes out of it is more than my mother being my mother –  my mother has become a friend. And I am so amazingly blessed to have her.

Thank you, Momma for all you do and all you are to me. Your worth is far above what can be expressed. I love you dearly.

 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all…” (Prov. 31:29)

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21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 1


As hard as it is for even me to believe this much time has passed, I am 21 today! (I feel like I just turned 18 yesterday though. Time flies.)

Starting today for the next 21 days I will be posting about someone who influenced my life in such a way that I am who I am today, events that changed me, and times that God spoke to me and made me who I am today. It is my hope and prayer that as you read, you will be share in these revelations that made me who I am today. Blessings to you all!

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Last February I went to a conference called “In the Presence of Jehovah”. There is so much that I learned there, but one revelation I took to was when I was brought to a recognition of position.

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.” (NKJV)

 Proverbs 31:25

In reading Proverbs 31, I feel like I can almost picture this woman in my head. And at times, I have somebody in mind when I read the verse. This one is no different. When I read verse 25, I could practically see in front of me a woman sitting tall with a quiet strength and confidence. She has the posture of one who is very well-respected and you can tell she carries wisdom before she even speaks a word. Perhaps you have someone in mind as well.

It has come to my attention that this verse does not mean what we think it does. It may seem very forthright, however, when you look deeper, you see that there is so much more to it. Reading that single verse we could conclude that this woman is strong and a woman of character and therefore her life is wonderful and she can rejoice in those times that will come! Everything will be just perfect! If only we could live this life!

No.

This is not at all what that verse means.

That word “rejoice” in this verse in the Hebrew is the word sachaq which means to laugh mockingly (Strongs, H7832).

You got that right. She is mocking the days that are to come. She knows very well that it will not always be an easy life. She knows that trials come. She does not know what the future will hold, and yet she can laugh at the days that are to come.

This same word sachaq, is seen in other parts of scripture. You see it in psalm 2:4 where it says, ”He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.”

And again in Psalms 37:12-13: “The wicked plots against the just. And gnashes at him with his teeth. 13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.” 

You might wonder how this woman can mock the days to come. You may wonder how she has the boldness to taunt the enemy.  This comes back to much of what Proverbs 31 shows evidence of: this woman knows who she is and more importantly, she knows  whose she is. She knows who her king is. Everything that describes the “Proverbs 31 Woman” comes back to one thing; everything that is part of who this woman is, is the fruit that is produced out of her fear of the Lord. Coming to that point of truly  knowing God is so crucial to embracing this life. This life is so much a process. It does not happen all at once. But it begins with the fear of the Lord. And with the fear of the Lord, comes a knowing of who He is. And when you know who He is, you come to a place of security in who and whose you are. When you become rooted and secure in the Father – you can laugh at the days that are to come, you can have that boldness to taunt the enemy because you know who your king is and your security is found in Him.

Your security is not based on your circumstances. It is based on your position. When you recognize the position you have as a daughter of the king of kings it changes everything.

I want to challenge you to learn to recognize the position that you walk in.

I bless you to be a woman who has no fear of the future because you are a woman who fears the Lord. And may you walk in the recognition of not only who you are, but whose you are. May you recognize that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world and with that recognition laugh and rejoice in the days that are to come!

Beauty that Lasts


Today I am excited to be sharing a guest post by a sweet friend of mine, Shannon Meiers!
Shannon is a home-schooled senior in highschool, and lover of God, family, music, french, and blue jeans. She is learning to depend on the Lord’s plans for her life, and not her own, and blogs about the daily journey at lifewithoutplans.blogspot.com
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Have you ever realized that the word ‘beautiful’ means different things to different people? To older women who are forever crooning over small children, beauty seems to mean the innocence and newness of youth, while little kids think beauty is flowers and puppies and rainbows.
As we age, though, society forces its warped view into our impressionable heads and we begin to think that beautiful means fake –made up — photoshopped. It’s not real. And it doesn’t last any longer than a coat of makeup or hairspray.
Contrast this to the unmistakable glow some girls have. Their faces seem to always be lit up, and their joy for the Lord makes them stand out. They are beautiful. But where do they find this kind of beauty? We’ve already determined that it can’t be found from the world. Let’s see what the Bible says.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ Changed inside and out by God’s presence in your life. Then you will find God’s will. Sounds good. But easier said than done, because the pattern of this world doesn’t take kindly to nonconformists.
Let’s check out Proverbs 31, verse 30. The NIV version says this:
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (NIV)
Here’s the bottom line — Charm can be faked.
What you see isn’t always you get.  But let’s take it a step further. Beauty is fleeting. It doesn’t last.
Now, watch what happens when we add another translation of the same verse into the mix.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (ESV)
Beauty is vain. Prideful. But If we combine the two different translations, couldn’t we say that Beauty Is both vain, and in vain?
So how do we secure the kind of beauty that lasts? Well, take a look at what Proverbs 14:26 says: “He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.”
Fear in this instance doesn’t mean ‘to be afraid of’, it means to have a respectful awe for. Likewise, ‘praise’ doesn’t always mean ‘to worship’.  Taken in context, it means to ’commend the worth of’. So if we put everything together and reword it a bit, here’s what we end up with:
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who has a respectful awe of the Lord, will have a secure fortress, and her community will commend her worth.” 
Now that’s beauty that lasts. The perfect kind to have while in your single season, because it is the kind that will attract the guy God has for you, the Prince Charming to your Cinderella.  Beauty that will never fade, or tarnish, because it is found in Christ, the Everlasting King.

A Mother – Worth Beyond Words


As I have been studying the Proverbs 31 woman verse by verse, I will admit, I cannot read that passage and not think of my mother.

Two verses that I really want to highlight on are 27-28:

“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.” (NIV)

My momma is always doing something. She is actively involved in our lives on a consistent basis (that includes even my brother and I who are away at school). With 5 kids that cannot always be easy, but she does an amazing job.

My momma has many fine qualities and is a woman of character. When I think of my mother, the first thing that comes to mind is her strength. She is always like a rock in the storm. She has a strength about her in all she does. She tells you like it is. And she’s grounded. Momma is solid and is a woman of virtue.

Something that really blesses me about my mother, is the love that she and my dad have for each other. There is no better team, and no greater gift that my siblings and I could be given than that.

Even this being said, I feel like I cannot adequately describe my mother. I can never thank her enough for everything she’s done and for everything she is.

The worth of a mother goes beyond what words can describe. 

I am beyond blessed with the mother that God has given to me. I am proud to be my mother’s daughter.

Momma,

There is no way that I could ever fully express your worth and meaning to me. (I have been sitting here for hours trying to.)

Thank you for:

  •  being the strong and amazing woman of God that you are and for always giving  us your best.
  •  teaching me the importance of family and to not take anyone for granted.
  • being active and interested in our lives.
  •  loving me (especially in those early teenage years) and for always being the voice of reason, while still letting me dream.
  •  all the prayers I’ve never heard, but know that you’ve prayed for me.
  • teaching me – both in word and in action.
  • keeping my best interest at heart.
  • loving daddy the way you do.
  • bringing me up to be the woman I am today.
  • teaching me what I mother really is.
  • your gentle guidance.
  • being my friend.

Daddy only found the best, because your worth is far above what can be expressed. I love you dearly, Momma. Praying that the Lord blesses you this day and in the years to come. “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all…” (Prov. 31:29)

Happy Mother’s Day! 

~Brittany

Daylight Savings and Self- Discipline


About a month ago I tried out an experiment that went on for about two weeks. In this experiment I went to bed every night of the week that I possibly could at 9:30 and would have my alarm set for 6 the following morning. When I did this, I always woke up before the alarm. Sometimes an hour before, sometimes even earlier than that. These two weeks were about discipline. Instead of doing my homework really late into the night like i had become accustomed to, I now worked on it first thing in the morning and maybe read some of it before I went to bed. In doing this test of discipline my Bible study time in the mornings was not only longer, but I was much more awake and ready to receive what God had for me. Also, I was much less stressed and all together much happier and more productive person.

You might be wondering where I am going with this. Just stick with me. It might seem like I was going to bed really early (which compared to my typical 2 a.m. bedtime it was), but it was wonderful! I was waking up before my alarm – meaning I got the amount of sleep that my body needed. I was much more productive with my mornings before heading to class. Deciding to discipline myself in just that one area made a whole new life-style for me. I was getting more done and having it done right. I was feeling better and more awake.

Something that I really see in this verse in Proverbs 31 is the self-discipline that this woman has. Just this week we had our daylight savings time and had to “spring forward”. Some of us are still trying to catch up on that hour of sleep that was lost! I still miss having the sun shining through my window in the morning, but everything was working out so much better when I disciplined myself to sleep. I dare you to try this out like I did. This is something that I want to continue. As many nights of the week as possible, I want to be in bed by 9:30 and so I will feel refreshed and ready to go when 5am comes. Try it out! Comment back here and let me know how that goes. Changing just that little habit of staying up too late can change your whole routine and increase your productivity and could possibly even improve your time with God and just in hearing from Him.

This goes beyond just self-discipline, but even into faithfulness. Sometimes, being faithful could mean not hitting that “snooze” button one more time. This verse exhibits a woman who is faithful and who has such a love for the Lord that it overflows into a love to serve her family. Faithful. Self-Disciplined.

Starting next week, I’m getting back to this! Be sure to share your thoughts!

Have an abundantly blessed week in the Lord!

~Brittany L. Ketter

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