Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sarah Called Abraham "Lord?"

Do you want to have a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful relationship with your husband? If so, read this article by Mrs. Sharon L. White. You won't regret it. In fact, I bet you will come away, like I did, challenged to allow our husbands to truly be the head of our home the way God intended.

I Peter 3:6
"Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham,
calling him lord:
whose daughters ye are,
as long as ye do well..."

"There is something about calling Abraham "lord" that has me intrigued. The Bible tells us to serve our husbands as we would serve the Lord. I have found this so interesting that I want to share my thoughts with you here:

Have you ever considered all the verses in the Bible which tell us how to serve God? Or the blessings / punishments that will follow depending on whether or not we obey? Don't these promises relate to our husbands too?"

To read the rest of Sharon's thoughts on this, please visit Fern's Homestead.

Fringe Publishing House Attacks Fruitful Mothers

I bet you would be surprised to find out what the greatest danger to America is. Read this article by Douglas Philips.

“[F]eminism is not just an issue or a group of issues; it is the cutting edge of a revolution in cultural and moral values. . . . The objective of every feminist reform . . . is to undermine traditional family values.” — Ellen Willis, The Nation, November 14, 1981
What is one of the greatest dangers to America today?
Not the economy. Not terrorism. Not crime.
No, one of the greatest dangers is the rise of fruitful home schooling mothers.
And the time has come to warn America about these dangerous people.

For the rest of the article go to Doug's blog.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hasty Words

Here is a devotional I received from Nancy Campbell

Psalm 31:22, "I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee."

How easy it is to say things in haste! We spout off before we think. And usually when we speak hastily it is out of reaction. We often don't even believe the words we say! But sad to say, we have said them, and words have power! They have power to hurt our husband and hurt our children. Charles Spurgeon says, "Hasty words are but for a moment on the tongue, but they often lie for years on the conscience."

I remember with shame an incident that happened in the early days of our marriage. I felt hurt by words my husband spoke to me and hastily retorted, "You should have married someone else!" Fortunately I have a husband who doesn't let things go uncovered. He came to me a little while later and said, "Do you believe in the power of words?" "Yes," I muttered. "Well, you better take back what you said," he stated firmly. I realized he was right and I had to retract and confess my hasty words.

Hasty words are often words of doubt because we have not given time for faith to grow or to wait for God to move. We often have to wait for God. David cries out that he is cut off from the Lord, but he soon finds that they were hasty words as God had heard his cry all along. We must give God time to answer. His timing and His way is always the best way.

I cringe when I hear folk speaking derogatively against the Lord because things are not going the way they want. Again Spurgeon says, "Unbelief will have a corner of the heart of the firmest believer, and out of that corner it will vent many spiteful things against the Lord if the course of providence be not quite so smooth as nature might desire. Forever be such dark suspicions banished from our minds."

Proverbs 29:20 is also a challenging Scripture, "Seest thou a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than him."

And Ecclesiastes 5:2, "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few." How true it is that the more words we speak the more opportunity to sin. (Read Proverbs 10:19; 17:28)

So, how do we stop these hasty words? James 1:19 says, "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." Yes, we want to be "slow to speak" but how do we do it? I believe we have to get into the habit of doing it. Each time that someone (especially husband or children) rubs you up the wrong way, shut your mouth. Wait before you speak. If you can't think of anything positive to say, don't say anything. That's what Jesus did. When they accused him, He answered nothing. He didn't even open his mouth. (Matthew 27:13-14) Is that the hardest thing you've ever tried to do? You can do it if you will to do it. And especially as you pray about it and ask the Lord to help you.

Yes, you will fail. But keep working on making it a habit of your life. Some people say it takes 30 days to break a habit. Some say it takes 21 days to establish a habit. However, some habits may take a lot longer. Never despair. Keep trying and keep looking to the Lord who is your source. He lives in you and He is full of self control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Continually ask the Holy Spirit to work in your heart and your tongue.
He will work His grace in you.

Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life."


PRAYER: "Lord, please help me not to be hasty in my words. Help me to trust you in each situation rather than reacting out of my emotions. Amen."

AFFIRMATION: My words determine the course of my life and my family.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pastor Beaten by Border Patrol

Has our new president taken away ALL our rights? Wake up America!!!

Herbs are planted

Well, last weekend I finally planted my herb seeds. I don't have a lot, but it will be a good start. I planted; garlic, lavender, coriander, chamomile, sage, sweet marjoram, lemon balm, spearmint, oregano, and basil. We still have chives and thyme coming up that were planted about 3 years ago. (they keep coming back, no matter how much I neglect them.) Some day I hope to have a large area to plant all the herbs we use. I buy a lot of herbs right now, but it would be really nice to grow them myself and save a lot of money.

Kingdom Dog

A dog is man's best friend, in more ways than one. Here you will see a dog being used to evangelize.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Book Reviews

I have three books I want to recommend. The first is called, The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb. It has daily readings on America. Each day of the year they tell what things have happened on that day over the years. They will highlight one event with a short article, then have a listing of days and more events at the bottom of the page. Such as, January 9, in 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, it was a pamphlet that caused the colonies to long for independence. Other things that happened on that day: in 1788 Connecticut became the 5th state, in 1861 the Union merchant ship Star of the West is fired on in Charleston harbor as it attempts to resupply Fort Sumter, it was the first shots fired of the Civil War. My husband reads it to us at the beginning of our dinner meal. It is a lot of fun to see what has happened over the years each day.

Second, I want to recommend Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig Ph.D. I had heard it talked about for about 3 or 4 years and finally decided to pick it up when some friends of mine shared a recipe from it. I am so glad that I got it. It is so much more than a cook book. It tells you what your nutritional needs are and shows a lot of the misinformation that we are fed from nutritionists and the medical community as a whole. My eyes have been opened a lot. Did you know this about homogenization: "This is the process whereby the fat particles of cream are strained through tiny pores under great pressure. The resulting fat particles are so small that they stay in suspension rather than rise to the top of the milk. This makes the fat and choesterol more susceptible to rancidity and oxidation, and some research indicates that homogenized fats may contribute to heart disease."
The third book I am recommending, is brand new. It is called, For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer. This is a book that tells the stories about all the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It can be used as a curriculum or just read through. How many of us even know who signed it, let alone their stories. Did you know that the day they signed the Declaration of Independence that they started that day with prayer and that they declared a fast for the whole continent? Did you know that the signers, started on the right hand side of the page and signed by state beginning with New Hampshire? These and a lot of other questions will be answered as you read this very important part of history. I look forward to reading this with my daughters.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good Old Cowboy (Time for a good laugh)

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A cowboy named Bud was watching his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Idaho when suddenly a brand-new BMW advances out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location, which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds he gets an e-mail on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored.

He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with e-mail on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, gets a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on, amused, as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks for a second and says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a congressman for the U.S. government," says Bud.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?" "No guessing," said the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows … this is a herd of sheep.

"Now give me back my dog."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Real Surprise

"for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7b

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ready for a new week

I am back from an awesome Easter weekend. God truly blessed us, as we gathered yesterday with our home church. We shared a meal together, had a great time of fellowship and worship, and shared communion together. We were missing one family, but we still had 22 children and 8 adults present. I am thankful for the wonderful family that hosted us, it was truly a blessing.

Now it is time to start a new week. I wonder what God has in store for us this week....?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Closing Off for The Weekend

I just want to say, have a great weekend. I pray that everyone will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, this weekend. I will be back on Monday sometime.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Veggies are Growing

After only 10 days, almost all of our tomatoes and green onions are growing in their peat pots in our den. They are sitting on their warming pad and under their grow light. The tomato plants are almost three inches tall. You can almost see them grow, they are growing so fast. I don't know how much longer we will be able to leave them in this growing tray. We purchased some large pots to put them in once they are ready to go outside, but we will be needing to make a temporary change into a smaller pot before they will be hardy enough to go outside.

Today we are in the upper 60's to lower 70's, but this is not the norm for this time of year here, so I know it will be at least 4-6 weeks before we will be able to put our tomatoes outside. The soil is in the 30's at night, but into the 70's during the day. The green onions will be able to go out as soon as they are about 3 inches tall, but not until we are closer to the last average frost for here, which is closer to Mother's Day. In a week or two, we will plant some more seeds inside so they will be ready to go outside by the first of June. We are so excited for our garden this year. We are much more prepared than we have ever been.

(sorry we don't have any photos, we don't have a camera anymore and I am not sure when we will be getting one.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

We Are Seeing Green already!!

The girls were so excited this morning. When they got up they went and checked on our seeds and discovered that there were two kinds of onions coming up already and one of the tomato plants. Tonight the tomato plant already has two leaves on it and more "green" is popping up in the other pots. It is truly a miracle that we are watching unfold, as these little seeds become plants which will bear vegetables and fruit that we will use to nourish our family. I am so thankful that God has blessed us this way.