Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Reading Assigment

Our daughter is taking classes at the University (it sounds odd to say that after so many years as a college), but she is also continuing in some homeschool courses.  A lovely coincidence this year is that she is required to read In His Steps for one of her homeschool English courses AND for her father's American History course at the university.  He assigns the class a portion of the book each week, and they then have a quiz on that portion each Friday.  This isn't typically his approach, but he wants the class to read in such a way that the meaning of the book will sink in.  He also has this course read Chuck Colon's Born Again. I know of a young man who came to a saving knowledge of the Lord by reading that book.  A wonderful benefit shared by both home education and a college with a Biblical foundation is that the material will honor the Lord and bring the students closer to Him. 

If you haven't read this book, I hope you will take the time to do so. 
God bless you all this week. 

Thoughts from the Week

This week has been calmer than last, I am happy to say. 
We were all over the place last week, but just about 1/3 as busy this week. Michael had a meeting in a neighboring county Monday night and brought this lovely yellow and purple bouquet home!  It is still just as pretty.
Progress on the two projects continues slowly and surely--the Simple Sampler and John Thomas' afghan. Today, I want to work on the kitchen with some deep cleaning, and then I might take off the rest of the day to try to get some work done on these projects. My goal is to have them done by the end of the month, which is rapidly approaching. 
Family night in this Wednesday at Church. On the first Wednesdays of the month, we have a family meal.  Our older fellowship hall has had new life breathed into it, and we have a functioning fireplace. Michael suggested that we could have a "soup supper" (everyone's favorite), and sit around the fireplace. I think the idea sounds great. I bought a bag of the calico bean soup mix at the grocery store last night with the thought of fixing it to take.
Because the winter months here are so fleeting, we all get excited about these cozy moments!
Hope you all are keeping warm and cozy!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Plan for the Week

This week looks busy, but not quite so crazy as this last week.
Hubby had a trip to Atlanta with another professor that he really likes. They had a great time, but I was sure happy to see the Hallelujah wagon back in front of our office building.
Dear Daughter had a weekend-long trip with her music ensembles. She is way too tired. That concerns me a little, but I am happy to say that she is home safe and sound.
Thursday was our food distribution. We had a great day, and one dear soul came to the Lord!
Friday, M and JM watched the Inauguration together. That was great. JT was at the Chicken House, and I was at work until 1:00.
We are having some pretty serious rain and storms, so no Church tonight.
Chilli is bubbling on the stove, and we are all about to pile it on top of  fritos. Add some cheese and sour cream, and we have a feast!

The picture on top is from my Amazon instant video collection, and I hope to watch it this week and complete my cross stitch picture. I am close to getting it done.

Hope your week goes well. Let me know what you're reading/learning these days!

Monday, January 16, 2017

For My Friend, Miss Janice

Janice, this would be even better were the two both cats, but it reminded me of your cats, Gingham and Calico.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Never Stop Praying for Your Children

I love stories with happy endings whether they are realistic or not. As Christians, we shall all have "happy endings." But the years of life between our Conversion and our Presence with Christ have lots of bumps in the road. Like every mom, I am facing lots of ups and downs with our children as they walk into young adulthood. Their dad and I are so proud of them. They make good decisions, and they are old enough to take credit for that themselves. However,  I wish I could write a happy chapter or two  for them on this side of heaven, especially in the area of searching for a spouse. 
Never stop praying for your children.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Some Thoughts From the Desk--the Gift of Femininity

A topic I have long wanted to post about is the subject of the obfuscation in our culture today of the genders given to us by the Creator. The Scripture tells us clearly and repeatedly, "male and female created He them." A great way to strike at the soul of the individual, the family, and the society is to confuse and redefine these roles. I see it all around in every aspect of our culture. If, dear readers, you will indulge me, I want to speak to these instances:

1. The education system on every level, from K-12 and the colleges and universities extol the virtue and acceptability of alternative lifestyles, families with 2 moms or 2 dads.  We have a grammar book used by most universities that use these scenarios for writing prompts!  We are no longer using that text, but it is widely used throughout the country. I think the title "Alternative Lifestyle" will fall into the abyss  politically-correct disuse. These lifestyles are contrary in every direction to what the Bible teaches, yet are culture seems to embrace them. 

2. Girls growing up seem to have 2 choices in clothing selections: sexually-provocative and mature feminine clothing or masculine outfits.  If you question this, go into the stores and look. When was the last time you saw a feminine dress for a young lady that was not revealing?  I had a lovely student a few years back who was attending a prom (she was a dual-enrollment student, taking college courses as part of her last year in high school). She was athletic and very devoted to her academics. I liked her a lot.  She was always dressed in her running apparel (her sport of choice).  When she showed my daughter and me her prom picture, I just about fell over!  I didn't want her to note my reaction, but her dress left very little to the imagination. My first thought was, as it usually is, "where is your mother?"  Often, when we look at mom, she is dressed the same way. Today, dresses look like slips or undergarments.  

3. Gender identification is a tricky term--here I don't mean the more complex topic of  DNA issues, but  choices. Our young men are being feminized and our young women, made more masculine, and that is supposed to be good. Hmmm    Many professions that have been typically dominated by men are now completely overtaken by women, and that is supposed to be good. My niece (by marriage) is in her second year of vet school at a major state university; she told me that most of the students are female, and that the profession has as many women as men, if not more. Take a look one day at the names on the shingles of your local vets.  Many denominations that have accepted women in the role of deacon and minister are now stuck with both a shortage of men to fill these roles and a surplus of women to take up the slack. 

4. Roles at Home;  Don't you think that Satan particularly likes targeting the family?  He went after Eve in the garden, and he is still pursuing her. My eyes were opened to a verse of Scripture years ago in a Sunday school lesson: " . . . and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."  After Eve's terrible mistake with the serpent, everything changed.  She would no longer be content with her created role as "helpmeet." She wanted her husband's position.  The verse in Genesis 3 describes a dissatisfaction with her role and a desire to have his.  We are still bristling and waging war against God's perfect order.  The husband is the head of the home and the family; what kind of riot would ensue if I talked about that openly in public today? The Serpent dangled the fruit in front of Eve again with the "Women's Lib" movement, and to be frank, with "the pill" as well. Eve believed that the pill and easy access to birth control and abortion gave her sexual freedom. She was in fact chaining herself to an immorality that denies her self worth and self respect. Satan often works that way, disguising slavery as freedom. The women's liberation mentality has done nothing for us at all other than push us further and further out of His Garden.

5. Femininity in General;  this is probably the hardest for me to set down in words, but I have seen (through relatives and many years of students) a trend among young women:  they will reject feminine colors, styles, roles, and views as a way of being trendy and accepted.  Sugar and spice and everything nice has been replaced by tattoos, pink camo, zombies and vampires, and pornographic books aimed at teen girls. What do they wear, read, watch, and do? Do they sew, knit, quilt and cook? Or do they text, twitter, snapchat and instagram?  Who are their heroines? Corrie ten Boom? Laura Ingalls Wilder? Or Lady Gaga? Miley Cyrus? Mothers are teaching their daughters today to reject their roles as caretaker of the home and family in favor of a career that has typically been occupied by men. Eve has fallen for the lie of "you can have it all"--here, "all" means you can be a great wife and mom and an ambitious career woman.  Having it all means fulfilling God's role for us. Proverbs 31, Titus 2--we must teach our daughters to live by these guidelines, not the world's.

Many of us have to work outside the home, and I am in a profession that allows me more time at home than most. Many mothers don't have this opportunity. That is why every moment possible must be lived and taught through the admonitions and completeness of Scripture.
Isn't that the problem today? 
Do we know the Scripture?  Even Christians lack the Bible knowledge needed to combat the world's values.

I want this year to be a year that I am closer to the Lord and ever more dedicated to learning from Him and His Holy Word. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,; and renew a right spirit within me.