Friday, May 29, 2009

Choose Life

Go to this site and watch this beautiful video of how a baby grows in the womb.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What Did Rulers in Days Gone by Give Each Other As Gifts?

2 Chronicles 9:1a, 9, 13 & 14b

"Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon,..." "Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great amount of spices and precious stones; there had never been spice like that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon."

"Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,"

"...all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon."

There weren't any frivolous gifts here, no DVD's or I-Pods. What has happened to the respect that used to be between rulers?


Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day


Thank God today for all those who have fought for our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank God for the families who have sent their loved ones into harms way to give us freedom. Thank God today for allowing us to live in this free country. Make sure you honor those who have fallen for our country by continuing to fight for our freedoms.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How Well Do You Know Your Bible?

I received a fabulous devotional today from Nancy Campbell. (If you don't subscribe to her devotionals I would encourage you to do so, they are always uplifting and insightful. I am always blessed by the way God uses her to minister to women.) I pray that you will be encouraged to pick up your Bible at least once a day and "Walk Through the Land".


Joshua 18:3, "How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?"

This was a new day for the Israelites. They had subdued the land. And now, because they were settled, they set up the tabernacle in Shiloh. Instead of carrying the tabernacle from place to place, they made it permanent. But, there were still seven tribes who had not received their inheritance.

Joshua therefore commanded them to choose three men from each of the seven tribes to "Go and walk through the land, and describe it." (v.8) These scouts had to survey the land and map the entire territory, listing the towns in each section. They had to bring back a thorough written report to Joshua who would cast sacred lots in the presence of the Lord to determine which tribe would have each section.

This reminds me of a land that we have waiting for us. It is a vast spiritual land that has already been given to us--God's precious Word, filled with promises and principles of God's plan for us and how to walk in victory--and all that has been given to us in Christ.

We can read about these riches in 2 Peter 1:3-4, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." It is a land that "flows with milk and honey" but we have to go in and take it.

But how can we take it if we don't know what we have?

We have to walk through the land, survey it and find out what belongs to us. We must know what we have to possess before we can possess it! That's why it is important for us to take a walk through the Bible each day.

Psalm 48:12-13 says, "Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell her towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following."

We must know the land well, not only so we can walk in all that we have been given ourselves, but so we can tell it to our children.

We have a responsibility to inform our children. Joshua told the scouts to write down a description of the land as they walked through. That's why I like to write down the most significant Scripture that I read in the Word each day. This way, I don't forget it myself, but I also have it written in my book to be able to share with my family and with others.

As I walk through a new part of the land in my daily reading each day, I receive new revelation. As I receive new revelation I can walk in a little more of the riches I have been given in Christ. I can tell my children about it so they can walk in it too. We must scout the land to bring back news for our children. We can be excited to tell them what we have found and what is available for them.

Proverbs 4:18 says, "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."


Our walk in Christ is a "more and more" walk. We have a vast land before us. We dare not sit down and think we have it all. We have hardly started. Our minds have not comprehended all that is available to us in Christ. We must search for new territory. Then of course, we must possess it. It's not enough to know, we must possess! I love to think that I can possess a little more every day.

Will you become an adventurer, exploring the land that has been given to you? Bring back the news to your family. "Children, this is what God has given to us. This is how we possess it. Come on. Let's go in and take it!"
"But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Love from
NANCY CAMPBELL

PRAYER: "Thank you, God, for the vast land of blessings that you have provided for me. Give me a vision to discover them for myself and my family and to possess all my possessions. Amen."

AFFIRMATION: I am setting out an adventure each day in the Word of God.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Movie Review


My daughters and I just finished watching the movie, "The Widows Might". It was an EXCELLENT movie. I give it two thumbs up. It was very well put together, the plot was captivating and extremely touching, and the music was top rate. I personally loved the song, "The Widows Cry". It was a very beautiful song, sung by a young lady with a very beautiful voice. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves to watch good, wholesome, top quality movies. And to top it all off, it was created by two home schooled teenagers. You will be pleasantly surprised at the top quality of this movie. Thank you, Vision Forum for making it available to the public.



Saturday, May 16, 2009

Favorite Books & DVD's for My Daughters

I have some friends who were asking what books I allow my daughters to read and what they enjoy reading. (not all of the books are for girls only) So I decided to put the list here as it is so extensive. I will also be adding some of their favorite DVD's. This will not be an exhaustive list by any means. We are a reading family.


EDUCATIONAL BOOKS

1. A Little Book of Manners by Emilie Barnes
2. God's Design for Sex Series by Stan and Brenna Jones (these can be for boys & girls)
-The Story of Me (ages 3-5)
-Before I Was Born (ages 5-8)
-What's The Big Deal (ages 8-11)
-Facing the Facts (ages 11-14)
3. Grandmother's Hope Chest Series by Rebekah Wilson
-The Running Rooster
-Lucie's Snowflakes
-Lucie's Birthday

Biblical education/holidays

1. Truth & Grace Memory Book Series, edited by Thomas K. Ascol (Founders Press)
2. Women of the Hebrew Bible by Miki Raver
3. Benjamin's Box by Melody Carlson (Easter)
4. Seeking the Christmas Lamb by Tamara J. Buchan (40 days of celebrating Christ's Sacrifice through the season)

Devotionals

1. Dear Princess by Mary M. Landis (Rod & Staff)
2. The Keepers at Home Series by Susan D. Zakula (Keepers of the Faith)
-The Joy of Womanhood
-The Joy of Obedience

Character Builders

1. The Kings Daughter and Other Stories for Girls by J.E. White (1910 edition)
2. The Exact Truth by Isabella Alden (Keepers of the Faith)
3. Princess in Calico (author unknown) Rod & Staff
4. Helen Lester by Isabella Alden (Keepers of the Faith)
5. Clean Hands & Circulating Decimals by Isabella Alden (Keepers of the Faith)
6. A Hedge Fence by Isabella Alden (Keepers of the Faith)
7. Aunt Jane's Hero by Elizabeth Prentiss (Calvary Press Publishing)
8. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
9. Keepers of the Faith Character Builder Series (There are Many in this series)
-Cheerfulness
-Obedience
-Truthfulness

Biographies

1. Great Christian Hymn Writers by Jane Stuart Smith & Betty Carlson
2. Amy Carmichael by Janet & Geoff Benge
3. Childhood of Famous Americans (partial list)
-Laura Ingalls Wilder by Beatrice Gormley
-Betsy Ross by Ann Weil
-Martha Washington by Jean Brown Wagoner
-Abigail Adams by Jean Brown Wagoner
-Ronald Reagan
-Thomas A. Edison
4. Florence Nightingale by David R. Collins (The Sowers Series)
5. Hero's of the Faith Series
-D.L. Moody
-Ken Taylor
-Frederick Douglass
-Charles Spurgeon
-Fanny Crosby
-William & Catherine Booth
-Well With My Soul (Four dramatic stories of great hymn writers)
-Corrie Ten Boom
-Eric Liddell
-Gladys Aylward
-Sojourner Truth
6. Susanna Wesley by Sandy Dengler
7. George Washington The Christian by William J. Johnson (Christian Liberty Press)

Books About Christians or the Faith

1. David Robinson by Gregg & Deborah Shaw Lewis
2. The Life of J.E.B. Stuart by Mrs. M.L. Williamson (Christian Liberty Press)
3. The Life of Stonewall Jackson by Mrs. M.L. Williamson (Christian Liberty Press)
4. The Journal of John Wesley abridged by Christopher Idle
5. Anne Boleyn by Colin Hamer
6. The Tinker's Daughter by Wendy Lawton
7. Almost Home (based on the life of the Mayflowers Mary Chilton) by Wendy Lawton
8. The Dairyman's Daughter by Legh Richmond
9. Helen Keller (a dell young yearling) by Stewart and Polly Anne Graff
10. The Martyr of the Catacombs
11. Stepping Heavenward-One woman's journey to godliness by Mrs. E. Prentiss
12. Father to Nobody's Children (the life of Thomas J. Barnardo) by David E. Fessenden
13. Famous Women of the Reformed Church by James I. Good
14. The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney(1739-1762)
15. Foxe Voices of the Martyrs 33 A.D. to Today

Books Especially for Young Ladies

1. Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
2. Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale
3. Preparing to be a Helpmeet by Sandi Queen
4. The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love by Rebekah Wilson
5. What the Bible says about...Being a Girl from Pearables
6. So Much More by Anna Sofia Botkin & Elizabeth Botkin
7. Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald
8. How To Be a Lady by Harvey Newcomb
9. Young Lady's Guide to the Harmonious development of Christian Character by Harvey Newcomb
10. Handmaiden's of the Lord by Crystal Paine

Educational Books especially for Young Ladies

1. Keepers at Home A Handbook for Young Ladies (Keepers of the Faith)
2. Home Economics for Home Schoolers (ages 6 & up) From Pearables
3. Personal Help for Girls from Pearables
4. Training Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home by Mrs. Craig (Ann) Ward
5. Polished Cornerstones from Doorposts (the boys version is called Plants Grown Up)
Fiction
1. A Gathering of Days (a New England girl's journal, 1830-32)
2. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
3. The Quiet Little Woman A Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott
4. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
6. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
7. Anne of Green Gables 1-3
8. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
9. Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
10. The Princess Adelina An ancient Christian tale of beauty and bravery by Julie Sutter
11. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
12. Pearl Maiden by H. Rider Haggard

DVD's

1. The Widow's Might
2. Pilgrim's Progress
3. Training Dominion Oriented Daughters
4. Still Standing The Stonewall Jackson Story
5. The Return of the Daughters
6. The Monstrous Regiment of Women (caution not for younger children, some graphic material)
7. A Journey Home
8. Inherit the Land
9. The Eden String Quartet


I love my Mom!!

My Mom is the best. She is a Proverbs 31 woman. The ten things I love about my mom are:

1. She teaches me about the Lord.

2. She taught me how to be a lady .

3. She trains and disciplines me.

4. She serves God and her husband.

5. She makes homemade tinctures.

6. She likes to hold babies.

7. She loves me.

8. She is a good seamstress.

9. She cooks well.

10. She is a pretty singer.

Thank you Mom for always being there for me!

Evangelism

"When Christians evangelize, they are not engaging in some harmless and pleasant pastime. They are engaging in a fearful struggle, the issues of which are eternal."--Dr. Leon Morris

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12


Theology

"Theologia Deum docet, a Deo docetur, ad Deum ducit."---Thomas Aquinas
(Theology teaches of God, is taught by God, and leads to God.)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Muslim Demographics


What happens when Christians refuse to "be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth"? (Gen. 1:28). Muslims do. Watch this shocking video. ~ Luke Otterstad

Ralph's Mothers Day Video for His mother


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Monday, May 4, 2009

Conference & Retreat

A week ago I attended the Christian Heritage Conference, with Voddie Baucham as the main speaker and workshop speakers such as, Ken Carpenter, Mike Riddle, Scott and Deborah Brown. The Theme was, "Passing On the Faith, In a Faithless World". Voddie is an awesome speaker, he knows God's Word and is able to speak in such a way as to engage the people. He does not beat around the bush, but tells it like it is. I so appreciate his style of preaching.

The workshops we attended or picked up the cd's for were: Mike Riddle's-Astronomy, UFO's, Science and the Bible; Cloning, Stem Cells and Life; God's Amazing Creation. Ken Carpenter's-Films, TV, & My Homeschooling Family; Lights, Camera, Action!. Scott Brown's-How the Church & Family Are a Blessing to One Another; Protecting Your Daughters. Deborah Brown's-Raising Daughters/Raising Helpmeets; Keeping Going: Living by God's Priorities.

It was an amazing experience. In all my years of attending conferences, this was by far the BEST. I can't say enough good about it. God was glorified and the family was equipped.

This past weekend, I attended a retreat for mothers who home school and for daughters who are over 12 years old. We have our daughters attend so they can be introduced to being a part of the world of godly women and helpmeets. We want them to interact with godly women and godly young ladies. We call them MIT's (mother's in training). It was such an AWESOME time! God blessed our time together so much.

We had times of prayer, reading God's Word, playing games and LOTs of talking. Our young ladies were so helpful too. They helped with meals, cleaned the kitchen, fed and changed babies, rocked babies to sleep. They also had plenty of time to walk, talk and sing together. I thank God for new friends and becoming closer to ladies I have been friends with for awhile.

God is so good!!!!

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