Do You Have a Desire To Be Holy?

As a new Christian, a new world opened up to me.  Attending Church and Sunday School became a normal for my family and I.  We were at the church every time the doors were open, as they say.  As I became convicted of various things in my life, my desire to walk as close to my Heavenly Father as possible grew stronger each day.  I was 14 and my life consisted mainly of taking care of my two younger brother’s and keeping up with housework and helping my single mom out any way I could.  I loved church life!  I was very shy, so I listened and watched more than anything.  School was something I had to do, it really wasn’t my favorite place to be, but I managed.  I tried to live my life in a way that I thought was pleasing to the Lord.  I made many mistakes (as I do now) and many times I would have someone say things to me in a negative way about being too holy.  I began to associate the word holy as someone like a “Miss Goody Two Shoes.”  At that time, I wasn’t familiar with this passage in God’s Word:

but, as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”I Peter 1:15



I wish I would have had a Bible Study back then like the one my friend, Kathy Howard wrote recently, Embraced by Holiness: The Path to God’s Daily Presence.

If you are looking for an easy to understand Bible Study on the subject of Holiness, this is it!  It is a 6-week study and you can do it on your own like I did, or use in a group setting.

I love Kathy’s practical easy to apply stories and her use of scriptures along with personal thought evaluations throughout the study!



Read more about Kathy Howard here!





  1. Beverly, thank you for sharing “Embraced by Holiness” with your readers! And thank you for your openness about your struggles as a young believer. We definitely should be talking more about holiness in the church today!

  2. Beverly, those statistics put a sick feeling in my stomach! Yet, you are right, with Heavenly Father by your side, you can have a Father, one that never leaves you. How beautiful that you beat those horrible statistics! Keep it up dear!! I don’t know where I would be without Christ as my Savior and Heavenly Father there hearing and answering every prayer.

    1. Hi Jacqueline! Those are sad statistics, aren’t they? Thank you for your comment. It’s a bit scary to think where we would be without a Savior! I am truly thankful and I know you are too! Blessings!

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