Please be courteous and remember that what is on this blog, stays on this blog unless you get permission from one of the team members.


~*1 John 4:7*~

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.


If you put "confusing" in the box at the bottom of this post, please comment on how you were confused and my team and I will try and clear things up so you won't be confused any longer! :)
- Princess Catherine ~*~

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blog Survey

Dear Readers,

For the last few months we have not been as active as we would like on White Rose Valley (meaning we don't have as many posts being written or being put up as we had hoped). Because of this, we are about to ask the following things of you.

First, what would you personally like to see more of on the blog?
More posts about dating, immodesty, or crushes? Perhaps you would enjoy more devotionals or stories (such as The Treaty Contest). Would you like some posts that are book reviews for books on purity, or maybe some more on Hope Chests. Or maybe you are interested in ways to honor your husband before you meet him, such as writing notes to him, keeping a diary for him, etc.

Second, would you like more songs on the blog?
I know Princess Izori added a song a while ago on her post "
A More Beautiful You--by Johnny Diaz" and I know some of you have blog song lists on them. What's your opinion?

Third, would you like some cartoons?
Princess Jade and Princess Sapphire are wonderful artists, and would be willing to do some cartoons about blog topics if you so desire.

If you would like to reply (please do! :), please comment at the end of the page. If you cannot, there will be a poll up until May 9th to get your opinion there. And if you don't know what one of the things on the poll are, please let us know.

Again, thanks for reading White Rose Valley. I hope that you will be a part of this "blog survey". ;)

Princess Catherine ~*~

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Consequences of Immodesty

Pick any store, and you'll probably find the inevitable. In at least one area, there will be magazines. Magazines with pictures you would be absolutely shocked to find where any toddler can catch a glimpse of them. Magazines that portray immodesty as exciting and daring.

Have you ever envied the models? Just even momentarily? After all, they look so carefree and glamorous, and they make loose jeans and skirts seem really plain and boring.

However, keep this in mind. Not only is it disobeying God, (and making a fool of yourself), but immodesty can be bad in other ways.

First of all, they're just plain impractical. If you have ever tried to run in one of those impossibly tight skirts, you will get my point. What if you have to reach up high for something? Or bend down to pick something up? What if you get drawn into a fast-paced game of street soccer or a game of tag?

Second, being immodest can be outright dangerous. I won't go into details because this post shouldn't require a 'mature content' warning, but unsavory characters often go after women who are dressed immodestly. Drawing unwanted eyes is enormously dangerous.

And how else is immodesty bad?

As Christians, we are called to 'be in the world, not of it'. We are supposed to stand out, not go with the flow and dress in the tube shirts and tiny shorts. If someone saw us dressed revealingly, would they know we were Christians? If they already were aware of our faith, what would they think? Probably something along the lines of, 'Well, Christians aren't different from anyone else. As far as I can see, there's nothing special.'

That's not what we want people to think. We want them to think, 'Wow! They're different! I wonder why?'

Remember that the next time you catch a glimpse of a celebrity in typical 'star' clothing. Immodesty isn't what it's cracked up to all.

In Christ,

Princess Izori

Sunday, April 18, 2010

There's Still Time. . .

. . . but not for long!

Jesus will return to earth and it could be at anytime, whether next minute, tomorrow, or in 50 years. We have to be ready. As I write this post I am assuming that you readers are Christians. While that may not be true I just wanted you all to know where I am coming from, because this assumption will affect this post.

As Christians, we must be ready to leave the earth and go to heaven. We can't waste our time while important work is left to be done. What kind of work? Laboring in a harvest field.

A WHAT?????

Yes, you heard me right; perhaps a look at a Scripture would be helpful.

"Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"---Matthew 9:37-38, NIV

This is an allegory(a representation of one thing by another). When Jesus speaks of "the harvest" he is talking about all the people in the world who do not know him. "The workers" are Christians who tell those people about Jesus.

As Christians, we are called to be telling others about Jesus and His wonderful gift of salvation. How can we go about doing that? Well, in each of our lives there are most likely two camps of people to share Christ with: (1)those we know(or know of) and (2)those whom we've never seen, met, talked to, or heard about.

How can we minister to the first group?

~Pray for them. Prayer, or talking with God, is powerful. Although God knows our hearts and what or who we are burdened for, He loves to hear us talk to Him. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him. Even if you don't see immediate results in the life of the person you're praying for, don't give up; sometimes it takes years for something to happen, but do not be discouraged. Keep praying.

~Invite them to something. This one depends on the situation. You may be praying for someone who lives far away, or someone you have no contact with anymore. However, you might be praying for a neighbor or someone who goes to your school or who does a certain activity with you. If so you may be able to invite them to an event at your church. It doesn't necessarily need to be Sunday School or church service; maybe it's a sports league at your church, or Vacation Bible School. How about a get-together/potluck your church is hosting? Depending on the person it doesn't have to be at church. Once my siblings and I hosted a game night with some friends and invited a neighbor. We didn't say anything about God; we were just building a relationship. Sometimes just starting as friends is best.

~You might send them cards(or emails, or the like). I share my birthday with someone whose salvation I'm praying for, so for the past couple of years I've sent them a birthday card, just a simple note. It's basically the only contact I have with this person, which makes the cards more important. And it's really not that hard. The note doesn't have to be long; just let them know that you're thinking of them.

What about the second group? Those whom you don't know at all?

~Show them through your actions. You may never talk to people, but they can watch you and see what you do, like what your attitudes are, how you treat your parents, siblings, and others, what you say, how you act, etc. As the old saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words."

~Pray for them. Believe it or not, you can pray for them. Occasionally I see someone and start praying for them, even though I don't know them! You may not ever think of them again, and that's nothing to feel guilty about; God doesn't expect you to, but who knows? One prayer could be an amazing thing!

~You could ask them straight out! This may partly depend on your personality. I know someone who asks people directly whether or not they know Jesus. For me personally, this is not the way I prefer to witness to others. However, God may be calling to that or maybe that works well for you.

Some of these things are definitely harder than others, but sharing Christ is extremely important! It really is a matter of life and death--for eternity! In some cases there's not anything to do except pray; in others it might be good to invite them to something. Ask God to show you what to do and when the time is right. Maybe you need to simply pray for someone now but later will be called to have more contact with them. I don't know. Just follow what God says; His timing is perfect.

From one harvest laborer to another,

~Princess Gloria

"'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'"---Acts 1:8, NIV

P.S. If you have any questions or would like to share a way you witness, or even share a testimony, please feel free to leave comments.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Two Events That Changed The World (Part 2)

Three days have passed. Because of the Sabbath day the women had had to wait to put burial spices on Jesus' body. Now they make their way to the tomb, but when they arrive, a surprise awaits. The tombstone is rolled back and men in white are around the area. They ask them what they're doing and then ask why they're looking for Jesus, reminding them that He had said that He would rise again. The women turn and run back to inform the disciples. Unbelieving, Peter and John run to the tomb to investigate. No body. Later Jesus appears to them, proving that He has beaten death and that His word is true. He is risen!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is crucial to our faith. We know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and we know that He was raised to life on the third day, but do you know why this event is so important?

If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, He would not have overcome death. In that case we would still be in the position of facing death because of our sins with no alternative. Death would have won and still had power.

But. . .

We know that Christ conquered death and now, because of that, it is powerless over anyone who is in Christ. Of course we all still die physically(unless we're living when Jesus returns), but a spiritual death, being subject to God's wrath and separation from Him, no longer has any hold on us. We don't need to be afraid of physical death because that ends and we will then live with God, and we also don't need to fear spiritual death because, if we have accepted Christ into our hearts to be our Savior and Lord, he has overcome that.

Jesus had to die and shed his blood in order that we might be forgiven. However, if He hadn't risen from the grave, He wouldn't have won the victory over death. Because of these two events all people have had the opportunity to be saved from eternity in hell. If Jesus' death and resurrection hadn't occurred, everyone would be lost.

Praise the Lord that He gave up His life for us, the very ones that had turned our backs on Him!

~Princess Gloria

"When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory.'

'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting'

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."---1 Corinthians 15:54-57, NIV

Friday, April 2, 2010

Two Events That Changed The World (Part 1)

The crowds are shouting, the soldiers yelling, the women crying. Three men stumble along the streets toward the place where no one ever wants to go: Golgotha. This infamous hill is where many people had been put to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible ways to die that man has thought up. Hammers clang against the nails and the crosses are raised. Six hours of incredible pain pass and finally the man hung in the middle raises his eyes to heaven and says, "Into your hands I commit my spirit." It is finished.

This small paragraph has only scratched the surface of what Jesus went through for us. We can't imagine the excruciating pain that He suffered. We know that he was nailed to the cross and that He was beaten, but in addition, Isaiah 50:6 (NIV) says this:

"I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide face from mocking and spitting."

Can you imagine? He was beaten, mocked, spit at, and HIS BEARD WAS PULLED OUT! What unbelievable things He endured, and He CHOSE to do this!

But WHY do He choose it?

Because He loves us so much(John 3:16) that He came into the world and died for every single person. He did it to save us. That, then, raises two questions.

1) Why did we need saving? When Adam and Eve sinned they disobeyed God and then severed their relationship with Him. In order to restore that relationship, a perfect someone, without blemish or defect(sin), had to be sacrificed. Since all men are sinners we couldn't restore that and work our way back to God. Only God, Who is perfect, could be that perfect sacrifice, so Jesus came and died. Only He could fix the bridge between man and God.

2) Why did Jesus have to die? The Scriptures say this:

"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9:22, NIV)

There HAD to be some kind of bloodshed so that we might be forgiven. Otherwise, we would still be without hope. Also, since the wages of sin is death(Romans 6:23) Jesus HAD to die in order that sin could be payed for. There was no other way. He had to die for our forgiveness and for sin's dues.

Praise the Lord that He cares for us that He would send His Son to DIE so that we could LIVE! If Jesus hadn't come and died we would still be lost and with absolutely no hope at all! Truly He loves us more than we could ever imagine!

~Princess Gloria

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."---Ephesians 3:17b-19, NIV)