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What Makes a Man Manly Bible

So, what exactly makes a man manly? What does it mean to act like a man? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I hadn’t until one morning in my prayer time I thought that maybe the Lord was urging me to look up “masculinity” out of the blue. I thought “huh?” What on earth! So I looked it up online and my findings were interesting enough that I thought I would share with you.

First I checked out Wikipedia and found that two scholars had studied masculinity and found that there were three so-called stressors for men. They are:

1. The emphasis on prevailing in situations requiring body and fitness

2. Being perceived as emotional

3. The need for adequacy in sexual matters and financial status

I thought “wow, interesting.” So this must be what men perceive as what they need in order to be manly. At least some of them. But then I wondered, “I wonder if the Bible has anything to say about this.” Sure enough, I was pointed to two verses. In the first, David is talking to his son Solomon as he is putting the kingdom in his charge.

“Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; 

And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.”

– 2 Kings 2:1-4

Notice that David said “shew thyself a man; and…” and proceeded to tell what exactly (possibly) showing himself a man looked like? What did that look like?

Let’s see…from what it looks like, showing yourself a man probably looks like:

1. Keeping the charge of the Lord

2. Walking in God’s ways

3. Keeping God’s statutes (laws)

4. Keeping God’s commandments

5. Keeping God’s judgments

6. Keeping God’s testimonies

Wow! So cool! Here is a Biblical definition of what (I think) God thinks makes you a manly man right there in the Bible! The second verse is this charge from Paul to the church/churches:

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.”

– 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

The ESV version says:

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”

Notice it says “act like men” followed by some instructions. Interesting!

So….to sum it all up I made you a nifty table. You can now compare what the world thinks makes a man manly and what possibly God thinks makes a man manly according to what I gathered from the two scriptures. (Not sure if being watchful, standing firm in the faith, being strong, and doing everything in love fall under the man category but they are in the same sentence as Paul urges them to act like men so I have included them in the table.)

What Makes a Man Manly BibleHope you gained something from this…I sure did! 🙂

Me and my kids had a lot of fun (and a lot of sugar!) making these fun and pretty white chocolate coated sprinkle birthday cookie treats for my daughter’s pink first birthday party. I thought I would share how we made them…they are so simple to make yet make such a pretty display at a party.

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Ingredients:

– 2-3 bags of white chocolate chips for melting

– 1 container of yellow Oreo cookies or a generic brand

– foil

– colorful sprinkles!

To make just follow these instructions:

1. Melt your white chocolate slowly in a pan on low heat while stirring so the chocolate does not burn.

2. Lay a sheet of foil on your tabletop and carefully dip only the top of each cookie in the white chocolate and lay on the foil.

3. Let your kids have fun adding the sprinkles while the chocolate is still hot.

4. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes (they will harden quickly!) then remove and place on a nice serving tray.

That’s it! Simple, pretty, and yummy! Hope you enjoy! ♥

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How do you make a DIY balloon arch stand for the outdoors? Simply, and I’ll show you how! We made one of these for our baby girl’s first birthday party and it came out great! (see the how to tutorial below)

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Materials needed:

– two white PVC pipes

– one PVC coupler and two “tee” fittings

– a roll of duct tape

– two large plastic flower pots

– two bags of cement mix

– spray paint (optional)

– some yarn or string

– lots of balloons!

Here’s how to put it together:

1. First, place one “tee” fitting onto the end of each PVC pipe. Then mix your cement in the two flower pots (make sure you do this several days before the birthday party to give the cement time to dry). Place the PVC pipe end that has the “tee” into the middle of the flower pot when the cement is still wet. The “tee” will help stabilize the pole and help prevent it from coming out. Place the flower pots in against a building in a non-windy spot so the cement can harden with the poles sticking straight up.

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2. Use the coupler to fit the two pieces of PVC pipe together at the top. You can put heavy duty glue on the inside of the coupler before you put it on the pipes and wrap duct tape around where it connects to ensure it will not come apart during the party.

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3. Once the cement has dried, spray paint your flower pots the color of your choice if you desire. You can also spray paint the PVC pipe as well.

4. Inside, blow up a lot of balloons (a lot!). Then cut a 5-6 foot piece of yarn or string at a time and tie a balloon every 3-4 inches along the string. You will make several of these. If you make the string of balloons too long it will become difficult to place on the arch and might become tangled.

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Your string should look like this.

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5. Take each string of balloons out to your balloon arch one at a time. Tie one end onto the pipe then wrap the string of balloons around the PVC pipe until it will not wrap around anymore then tie again. Continue doing this until you have filled the entire arch!

That’s it! Pretty simple, huh? Be aware that blowing up the balloons, tying them onto strings, and wrapping them around the arch can take some time. It took me (and I had help) about 1-2 hours total. However, definitely worth it for a beautiful display at your party! I hope this tutorial was helpful for you. Please post pictures of your own arch if you want…I would enjoy seeing them! ♥

I shared earlier some pictures from our baby girl’s pink first birthday party with large or giant paper flowers and a balloon arch here and I mentioned that we held an “ice cream tasting contest” with our guests. This was a really fun activity to do during the birthday and I thought I would share this idea for those of you getting ready to host a party! And I just want to give all the glory to God for this right now for this idea because I believe He was the one who gave it to me! 🙂

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To do this taste testing at your own party just do the following:

1. Buy 3-4 differents brands of ice cream in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors. (we bought Great Value, Blue Bunny, and Polar Treats brands)

2. Before the party starts prepare several Dixie cups with labels “A, B, C, D etc.” according to how many brands of ice cream you bought and how many guests you expect to have. Also prepare a sheet of paper (or use my free printout!) and pencil for each guest so they can rate the ice creams on a scale of 1-10.

3. During the party choose which ice-cream brand will be “ice-cream A” and put 1-2 scoops of it into the Dixie cups labeled “A.” Continue with the other cups accordingly.

4. Let guests sample each ice-cream in order (without telling them what brand they are!) and then let them rate the ice-cream on their sheet one by one. This would be even more fun and interesting if you wanted to spend a little more and get some really expensive brands, a middle priced brand, and a cheap brand.

5. Once everyone is done with their ratings reveal what the brands were and compare!!

This game makes for a really fun activity during birthday parties or other parties such as bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, etc.

Have fun! ♥

 

Well, I am happy to share with you some more pretty images of the pink garden themed first birthday party we hosted for our little baby girl! I had a lot of fun preparing for this, creating a giant or large paper flower display, a DIY Balloon Arch Stand, and yummy White Chocolate Coated Sprinkle Birthday Cookie Treat Idea with my kids!

We had a wonderful party blessed with really nice weather. You can read about our “ice-cream tasting contest” we had at the party here.

Hope you enjoy! ♥

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