Friday, January 31, 2014

well stated; but will definitely not be a popular post!!

"I submit two major things are causing adults to delay marriage, negatively impacting their own adulthood and maturity, and ultimately, all of us.
  • The adolescent culture
  • The worship of education
Adolescent culture
Since around 1905, when G. Stanley Hall named the adolescent period, Americans have increasingly coddled their children, protecting their “right” to childhood, long after what has formerly been called childhood, has ended. Now we have a culture of parents who protect, shield and defend to a fault. They require little work and responsibility for fear it will hamper their fun and they elevate extra curricular opportunities over the practical preparation for life.
 So we have “Generation Y”, the narcissistic generation who wants a ribbon for showing up. Their parents did something wrong.
Answer? We need to balance the natural freedoms and privileges of childhood with our responsibility to help them grow in maturity and wisdom. We need to expect things–important, life things that will help them transition into adulthood when the time comes. We need to let them experience things, while guiding them and pushing them to find truth, to view the world through the lens of God’s Word, where they will find answers for everything."

Marrying young from generation cedar

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

 Strength From Scripture – David Encouraged Himself in the Lord

 lighthouse newsletter

By Maria Kneas

David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)
After fighting the Amalakites, David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that their wives and children had been taken captive by their enemies, and their homes burned. As a result of this tragedy, David’s men turned against him.
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)
Immediately after this, there was a radical change in David’s men. Instead of stoning him, they followed him and overtook their enemies. They rescued their families and returned with animals and other plunder.
How could David, who was cornered, and about to be stoned to death, turn around and inspire these angry, grieving, tired men to successfully undertake this?
What brought about such a transformation in David and his men?
We can find some keys in the psalms, which record David’s prayer and worship. They show us how David encouraged himself in the Lord, and how we can do the same.
In Psalm 42, David talked to his soul (his mind, his will, and his emotions):
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (Psalm 42:5)
The term “cast down” is significant. David was a shepherd. A “cast” sheep is one that is unable to get back up on its legs. If the shepherd doesn’t find the sheep and help it get back on its feet, the sheep will die.
David says that his soul is like a cast sheep. He talks to his soul, telling it to get back up on its feet again, to hope in God, and to praise Him.
In Psalm 103, David tells his soul to bless the Lord. Then he reminds himself about God’s mercy and love and faithfulness:
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5)
At the end of the psalm, he exhorts all of God’s creatures to bless Him:
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul. (Psalm 103:20-22)
In Psalm 104, David tells his soul to bless the Lord:
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. (Psalm 104:1)
After that, he praises God for His might and His greatness. In the process, David reminds himself of reasons for blessing the Lord. Look at some of these reasons, and see why David was so compelled to praise the Lord:
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain. (verse 2)
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire. (verse 4)
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. (verse 5)
He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. (verse 10)
He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. (verse 13)
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man. (verse 14)
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. (verse 18)
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. (verse 19)
The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. (verse 21)
Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. (verse 30)
In Psalm 116, David tells why he loves the Lord, and he exhorts his soul to be at rest. Then he addresses God, giving some reasons for his gratitude:
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. (Psalm 116:7-8)
Psalm 146 is another example of David exhorting his soul to praise God:
Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. (Psalm 146:1-2)
(from Strength for Tough Times by Maria Kneas – encouragement for weary saints)

Psalm 104 (King James Version)

Bible Gateway

104 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.

Rebecca Kiessling spokesperson for the ‘hard cases’ video:

Conceived In Rape – A Testimony to the Meaning of Life

 Letter to the Editor: On Jesus Calling, My Wife and I Thought You Were Wrong, But We Have Been Deceived!

"I would challenge anyone who has the indwelling Holy Spirit and has liked Jesus Calling to read it again, comparing what that “Jesus” says to what the real Jesus has said. Or read Warren Smith’s excellent book, “Another Jesus” Calling. Thousands and thousands [actually millions] of Christian women and some men are unguardedly reading these pages as if under a spell. What they do with all the things that don’t ring true, I don’t know. It seems so harmless, so full of wise and comforting things. It’s flattering to think that Jesus so much wants our fellowship. We just push the other things, things that don’t sound right, to the back of our minds. My wife and I are humbly grateful to Lighthouse Trails and Warren Smith for exposing this seductive, plausible, but blasphemous and false book."

Search the website to discover why this man wrote this, here: 

"Most of all, it applies to our great salvation: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” (John 10:28). “The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him” (Psalm 103:17). “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away” (Daniel 7:14). “My salvation shall be for ever” (Isaiah 51:6). “The word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). The remarkable principle of universal conservation is given “that men should fear before him.” HMM"

Read the Days of Praise email for today, here:

Notes on Psalm 148 from institute for creation research; i have been comforted and gained much knowledge from this outstanding company!

148:4 heaven of heavens. Psalm 148:1-6 of this central psalm of these five praise psalms exhorts the entire celestial creation, both the stellar and angelic hosts of heaven, to praise the Lord when He has redeemed and restored the creation.
148:4 above the heavens. The “waters above the heavens” (Genesis 1:7) were presumably all precipitated at the time of the Flood. But since they are to be there forever (Psalm 148:6), they must be restored somehow in the redeemed and renewed earth. See notes on Revelation 21, etc.
148:5 were created. This clearly speaks of fiat, instantaneous creation, not creation occurring over millions of years. Note also Psalm 33:9; Exodus 20:11.
148:6 for ever and ever. Although the earth and its elements must yet be cleansed by fire (II Peter 3:10), God’s physical universe will endure forever. God is not capricious; He does not “un-create” what He has created (Ecclesiastes 3:14). See also Psalm 78:69; 104:5; Daniel 12:3.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

"True wisdom begins with God, because if you do not know God, you do not know the
purpose of things and if you do not know the purpose of a thing you will ultimately abuse
it. God created the world. If you don’t know the purpose of the world you will abuse it.
You will either abuse it or you will worship it. God gives us marriage. If we don’t know
the purpose of marriage we will abuse it. God gives us our families. If you don’t know
the purpose of a family you will abuse it. God gives us architecture and science and
literature and art. And if we do not know the purpose of those things, we will abuse it.
And the purpose of those things is to magnify the wisdom of God, to magnify the mercy
of God, to magnify the redemptive acts of God. If you do not know that, you will abuse
the thing and all of the sudden man becomes the center and focal point of all of your
architecture, all of your art, all of your music, all of your science."

I lost where i got this from, but i really liked it! Hopefully, i will find the link...

  1. "Are you or your children being entertained by movies, shows, or video games that sensationalize or trivialize murder or that promote a cheapened view of life?
  2. Think about the shows that you go to see, the movies you rent, the TV programs you watch, the video programs your kids are playing. Are they showing a cheapened view of life?
  3. What is your view of children?
  4. Do you think of them as a nuisance or as a gift from God? Children can be difficult sometimes and create issues—I'm not arguing that. But God loves the little children! You can't be pro-life and not love children.
  5. How do you view and treat those society deems as "marginal"—the poor, those with disabilities, the elderly, those who can no longer care for themselves?
  6. These people are precious to God, and they need to be precious to us. The way we talk to and about others says something about whether we are really pro-life. When harsh and slanderous words about others come out of our mouths, when we destroy the reputations of others, when we say things about others behind their backs that we wouldn't say to their faces, can we really call ourselves pro-life? Can we say we view those people as precious, valued, and to be protected?"

"Abortion is rarely talked about.
I’m not talking about the word “abortion.” We hear this word a lot it in the public square. But we rarely hear about it. Abortion almost always refers to something else. We hear that abortion is fundamentally about a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Or abortion is a litmus test for judicial nominees. Or abortion is symptomatic of what’s wrong with the social discourse in America.
But none of those things is what abortion really is. Abortion is the intentional killing of unborn children.

Death Is in the Power of the Tongue

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Abortion is a clear example of this truth.
The killing of children can be tolerated and even championed as a social good so long as we don’t call it what it is. Call abortion an individual’s right to privacy and you can write it into the legal code. Call abortion a compassionate choice offered to a frightened girl to save her future or to save a child from an undesirable quality of life and you can swing popular opinion. Call abortion a liberation of women from the social and economic oppression of male dominance and passionate people will march on capitols chanting demands to preserve the human right of abortion on-demand.
But you won’t hear the street marchers chant, “We will fight for the right to kill our children!” Because calling abortion what it is might awaken uneasy consciences out of a euphemistic stupor to realize that millions of the most defenseless human beings on the planet are being denied the self-evident, Creator-endowed human right to life."

"In ConDeceived, I talk about some of the ways that Christian families defeat themselves in the way they think of their children. Not only do we reject the blessings God wishes to lavish on us, but we’ve inadvertently–at least, I hope it was inadvertent–greased the slippery slope of sexual immorality in our culture by embracing its core assumption about sex: that its primary purpose is for personal fulfillment. If the culture war has been lost, Christians need look no further than our own misunderstanding of the institution of marriage for the reason why. The witness of the church has suffered because we’ve believed some lies about faith, femininity, and fertility."


"Three Reasons I’ve Heard

Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second. Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what you have against grey. Jesus came to divide families (Matthew 10:21). We should expect no less from faithful shepherds. As for the government, first there is no law against preaching on abortion and second, so what if there were? The government doesn’t decide what will be preached, but the Lord of Lords does."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

this was from:

more grace

"...In such times, I know it’s sort of a wrestling match when I awake, instantly aware of the presence of the Lord — and then, almost simultaneously, I’m conflicted and reason (or attempt to negotiate with the Lord) that I’ve had less sleep than I planned on.  You know… He gives His beloved sleep.  Ah… you’ve tried that, too?"
He Giveth More Grace
by Annie J. Flint
    He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
    He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
    To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
    To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
    When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
    Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
    Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
    Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
    Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
    The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
    His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
    His power no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again

Sunday, January 19, 2014

 I do not know the website well, but this piece was good.

Becky Morecraft 

In Defense of Noble Womanhood

Proverbs 31:10-31

Given by the mother of King Lemuel
to her son

     For generations, modern culture has chosen to believe the lie that women and men should be considered equal in every way. We can date this fabrication back at least to the Women’s Suffragette Movement of the early 1900’s, if not all the way back to Eve, who chose to believe Satan rather than God, thus establishing the foundation for modern-day feminism. The separate roles God created “in the beginning” for each sex have largely been spurned by our culture and substituted with a false idea of equality that in no way resembles God’s original plan, when He created woman from the rib of man and arranged for future humans to spring from the womb of woman, thus establishing a healthy co-dependency for the continuance of life.

     Those who adhere to the world’s ideas about womanhood point an accusing finger at stay-at-home women who have more than 1.5 children and no outside job. The feminists view women whose goal is that of being a help meet for her husband, together raising as many children as God will give them, as stuck at home. Surely she must be discontent and ashamed of her plight in life. The feminist view from the wrong end of the telescope, without the filtering lens of the Scriptures, read with regenerate eyes, seems forlorn indeed. Apparently, her husband, though hard-working, is unsympathetic to her needs. He is often gone eight hours or more a day and only comes home to eat, sleep, and father more children, it would seem. Surely her children suck her dry, with their constant demands on her time and energy, until, alas, she can no longer fit the image of the successful woman of the times. Just look at her! Her once slim shapely figure is now (probably) sagging and stippled with broken veins. Her beautiful face, once radiant with the dew of youth, is now lined with care. Her once luxuriant hair has thinned and grayed. She no longer possesses boundless energy -- her quick step has slowed to a determined pace. Although she is always combed and clean, her fashion sense may seem stuck in a time warp, with an emphasis on femininity and modesty. Clearly she is neglected and miserable and has no sense of self-worth, thinks the feminist! Will she ever be able to break loose from this bondage and prove herself as capable as men (or more so), as she dresses in power suits and seductive fashions, becomes head of a corporation and makes men grovel? Only then, they suppose, will she gain respect from the world and perhaps make an appearance on a talk show to tell all about her struggles to the sympathetic thousands who will run to the nearest bookstore and buy her book. So says the world; but the world is sadly deceived!

     Observe true satisfaction! In contrast to the worldly-wise woman who is “ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth,” examine the woman whose heart, mind and body belong to Jesus. Watch her smile in contentment as she writes “homemaker” on questionnaires. Try to realize the joy that fills her heart as she watches her children grow into spiritually mature, productive adults who faithfully nurture and pass on the eternal values they have learned at her feet to their own children and into the future, down through many generations of “those who have yet to be born.” How blessed is that woman whose home is full of the joyful chaos of many children!

     Attest to radiant beauty as you see a life blessed by satisfaction in her noble calling as wife and mother! Full of kindness and grace, such a woman is an adornment to her husband, and in him, she finds the haven for which her heart has longed. Place her on a pedestal, young women, rather than those women whose manipulative whining and self-centered priorities may have coerced the lifestyle they crave; but whose skin-deep beauty and self-centered priorities have brought them no lasting satisfaction. Watch the Christ-centered woman walk with poise amongst the most elegantly attired, though her countenance may be more sober than many at times. The beauty of holiness shines through the window of her eyes from a heart full of gratitude for God’s grace and is softened by sorrows bravely borne. A deep contrition for her own sinfulness, coupled with the joy that flows from sins forgiven, radiates from her and blesses all who know her. Her joy is contagious as it flows from the deep inner peace which her faith in a sovereign God brings to her life, regardless of her outward circumstances.

     Attend to true wisdom! She holds in light regard all things but those that possess eternal value. Her perspectives and priorities, shaped by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, inform and beautify her life’s callings. She daily increases her scope of learning because she knows that all truth, goodness, and beauty reflect her Creator/Redeemer, the Source of all things true, beautiful, and of good report. She develops her gifts and graces for the benefit of her husband, children, and the kingdom of Christ. Her goals and choices are not self-directed, but Christ-directed, as she seeks to do all to the glory of God. His Word informs and guides her goals, her behavior, and her words. Her conversation, countenance, and actions are inspired by a mind rooted in sound theology. This theology is made practical, as from the heart, in its daily application to every area of life, by the power of the Holy Spirit. She works diligently to carry out every small task as a calling from and praise to God. She is dependable and consistent as she finds her focus each day, not in living for herself, nor even for others, but in devotion to Christ and the wisdom she finds in His living Word, the Holy Scriptures.

     Mark true strength! She makes her arms strong physically by taking care of herself for the sake of Christ, her husband, and children. In all humility, she recognizes that she has no strength in and of herself, regardless of the success of her exercise routine. Her endurance comes from her reliance on God, who carries her through the trials of life and empowers her with His strength in her times of weakness. She smiles at the future, not because of her efforts, but because she trusts her strong Redeemer, Jehovah Jireh, to continue to supply her needs and those of her family, as He ordains, from His storehouse of riches in glory. As her reliance on the indwelling Holy Spirit’s work in her life increases, she finds her core of strength becomes stronger, though her body becomes weaker through age or illness. She learns the lesson well, “In my weakness, I am made strong as I rely on the strength of my Savior.”

     Learn sincere compassion. The godly woman is full of patience and compassion for those still walking in darkness, as well as for her little ones, who learn love as they see her live it. She knows how and when to speak, with constrained plainness and sincere kindness. She has learned to discipline her tongue and can be patiently quiet. Heedless of scorn and disdain from those who do not know and love her Lord, she persists in rightly dividing the Word of Truth, so that she will be ready with answers for those who ask, being bold as a lion and gentle as a dove. The law of kindness is always on her tongue. Like her Savior, there is neither harshness nor bitterness in her. She is truly meek, having been tamed of God. Her thoughtfulness and winsome speech decorate her with such light and warmth that those who are cast about in a cold and heartless world may safely come to her to be warmed and fed. She is a haven in the storms of life, a safe harbor. To be with her is always to be nourished.

     Stand amazed by her accomplishments! Her husband’s love ennobles her. She seeks no higher calling than to be his companion and helper. Their marriage reflects the sacrificial love of Christ for His bride the church and the bride’s glad submission to her husband and is marked by tenderness, intimate passion for the other alone and enduring love. Her children, who rise up and bless her, though reflecting her teachings throughout their lives, learn solo flight, developing their own nuances and unique gifts within the safe framework of eternal truth. Together, she and her husband shoot their children into the future, confident that the God Who planned their lives before the foundations of the earth was laid, will keep and use them as sharp arrows to pierce the hearts of His enemies and bring great increase to His Kingdom on earth. When her husband thinks of her, he smiles. As she and her husband think of and pray for their children and their future generations of children’s children's children, they smile as well, with tears of gratitude to a covenant-keeping God.

     The attractions of this world and those who devote themselves to obtaining possessions and acclaim will pass off the scene and be replaced with the next generation’s empty schemes; but the woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Her works will follow her, not to her credit, nor would she have it so, but to the praise of His glorious grace Who holds her heart captive and makes her life count for all eternity.

     This woman, this Proverbs 31 woman, is the woman after God’s own heart. Although as we as sinners will never attain to the perfections of God’s goals for us as women, we can know the contentment and deep joy that comes from His grace abounding as we lay down our lives every day for those God has placed around us to serve. During the kaleidoscope of our lives as women, through its various ages and stages, may we do all that God has called and gifted us to do for His glory alone, one day at a time. May God bless us to learn the ways of the godly woman described in Proverbs 31 by King Lemuel’s mother and imitate her. As He blesses our efforts, may we experience the nobility which God intended for us when He planned the very day of our birth and set the limits for our moment in history, long before we were created.Queen of the Home
Soli Deo Gloria!

To the praise of His glorious grace,

Rebecca Belcher Morecraft

Saturday, January 18, 2014

 Loved this piece!! here is the link to read the rest; i only reposted about half. I also really enjoyed the last paragraph.

**Warning: some graphic language in this post.
I don’t think public schools should teach kids about abstinence. I don’t think they should teach kids about condoms. I don’t think they should teach kids about birth control pills, or virginity pledges, or sex before marriage, or sex after marriage. I don’t think they should teach kids about any of the things on this poster:
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Oral sex, sexual fantasy, touching each other’s genitals, anal sex, vaginal intercourse, grinding, masturbation — those all appeared on “teaching material” for a sex-ed class at Hocker Grove Middle School in Kansas. They claim this was actually part of an abstinence program, and that the photo is taken out of context.
Personally, I don’t need context. I don’t think public schools should be teaching kids, one way or another, in any context at all, for any reason whatsoever, about any of those things.
I don’t think anyone should be sending their children to government buildings to learn about the perils or pleasures of intercourse or masturbation or sodomy.
I don’t think government schools should teach kids about sex.
It’s really very simple. How much sexual guidance and instruction should the government offer our kids? None. What percentage of your child’s government education should be comprised of sexual enlightenment? Zero percent. How many times in a given school day should the phrase “genital touching” be uttered by a teacher to a classroom of students? Less than once. Actually, let’s be safe and say zero.
This, my friends, is the Great Compromise. Instead of arguing about WHAT the schools should tell kids on the subject of sex, let’s contemplate the possibility that a collective, government-controlled, mass produced and disseminated ”curriculum” about sex and intimacy isn’t necessarily the best way to handle such a profound and personal subject.
I’m not saying that we should put censor bars over the penis and the vagina in the anatomy textbooks (or in books of Renaissance art, for that matter). I’m also not saying that high school biology teachers should tell their 16 year old students that a magical stork drops the baby off on momma’s porch. And I’m not saying that students shouldn’t learn about the facts of human reproduction when the subject comes up in science class.
I’m saying that the schools ought to treat sex the same way most people think it ought to treat religion, and for the same reasons. The “keep religion out of schools” folks will argue that schools should not endorse a particular religion. They shouldn’t condemn or condone the teachings of any particular religion. They shouldn’t encourage kids to be religious or irreligious. They shouldn’t incorporate religious orthodoxy into the curriculum. They shouldn’t ask kids about their personal religious practices. They shouldn’t have “religion classes.” They shouldn’t advance any religious agenda. They shouldn’t attempt to influence the religious beliefs or practices of the students.
In these ways, we should “keep religion out of schools.” However, the reasonable ones will certainly be quick to acknowledge that the FACT of religion shouldn’t be censored or avoided. You can’t very well give your students a comprehensive understanding of western history without discussing Christianity. You can’t provide a well rounded education about literature without introducing the Bible, which is the most influential and widely read piece of literature in the history of mankind. You can’t teach about art and avoid religiously inspired paintings and sculptures. You can’t talk about contemporary Middle Eastern conflicts without introducing Judaism and Islam. You can’t teach the history of Asia without Hinduism, or Buddhism, or Taoism.
Religion will inevitably be a part of many other subjects, but it shouldn’t be its own subject, and schools should never attempt to teach kids how to feel about, or what to do with, religion.
In that sense, and only in that sense, can you make a coherent “keep religion out of schools” case. And it’s in that sense that I make my case for keeping sex out of schools. Anatomy will come up in anatomy classes, and reproduction will come up in science classes, but that’s where it ends.
“Comprehensive sex education” is a sham and a joke. It’s also more than just a little creepy. If an adult in ANY OTHER CONTEXT came up to your child and tried to strike up a conversation about ”self-pleasure” or “oral sex,” you’d likely have … uh… “words”… with him, and then words with the police.
I fail to see much of a difference.

Friday, January 17, 2014

thank you thank you, thank you Lauren at 
i love what she writes and am constantly re posting it!

read the rest of the article at the above link.

“It’s amazing, Mom. You just have some of these buttermints, 3 or 4 of them, and they taste delicious and satisfy your sweet tooth. And then, it’s like you eat it… and then you are really full. You just don’t want more food” I explained, in awestruck reverence of this miraculous food.
“Isn’t that how food works?” she asked, skeptically.
“No! No it isn’t!” I responded, enthusiastically horrified by the suggestion. ”You know that when you have lettuce with low-fat dressing for dinner, you are hungry for cereal or ice cream just 30 minutes later. That’s because fat fills you up. The healthy saturated fats in these buttermints don’t make you fat. As a matter of fact, it supports weight loss by because it provides profound satiation and energy in relation to the amount of calories.

How to make buttermints, a healthy way to stop sugar cravings!“Can I make these sugar free?”

Well, technically you can… but I would disown your mutilated variation of Buttermints. You see, I have some, ahem, *issues* with the so-called “healthy sugar free” sweeteners on the market. For example, I broke up with stevia last year. And extremely processed sugar alcohols, including erythritol and xylitol, ferment in the gut, feeding bad bacteria and often cause gas, bloating, and belching.
Additionally, the raw honey plays an important role in satiating the sugar cravings. I promise, if you try making a batch with stevia an and another batch with the raw honey, you’ll find that you feel more satisfied with the honey batch. It’s all about making a little bit of unrefined sugar go a long way!
As you may know, I am your crazy health blogger… who eats sugar. That’s because healthy carbohydrates give your body the preferred source of fuel and is imperative to hormone balance (particularly thyroid health). Sugar free diets, meaning diets lacking in even natural sugars like fresh fruit and root vegetables, actually increase the toll of stress hormones on your body.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A note from the editor:
These posts are from blogs and websites around the interent.
Either i found them on you tube, or in my email; they are not my own, unless i state so.
I have found great encouragement and knowledge from these posts and have pinned them onto this site for the further reading and instruction that they have already brought me.
all posts have a clickable link to take you to the post on the authour's site. please do so, and enjoy.

From doorposts a post on family devotions:

When I first started trying to lead a family devotional with small kids, I made a crucial error.
I spent all my time working hard to get my kids to sit still, pay attention, keep hands to themselves, and not spill the hot cocoa I’d foolishly hoped would satisfy them. The results were unimpressive.

My assumption

If you’re a parent, maybe you’ve made the same mistake I made. My error was a basic assumption: I was unconsciously putting all my effort into managing their childish behavior.
Here’s the nuance: You and I are right to strive for everything I listed above and more. It is our job to help mature, train up, correct, and discipline our children. But we would all agree that this can be done too quickly or too harshly. There are times to correct and train our kids, but there are also times to leverage their behavioral ways.
Meet Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

God made kids playful

God created kids with some uniquely remarkable attributes. He designed kids to be about wiggles, spontaneity, funny interpretations, and a never-ending desire for play, imagination, role-play, repetition, wonder, dress-up, humor, and fun. This is God’s design. It is no accident. He made them this way.
Kids’ behavior can be a challenge to be sure, but it is also beautiful. When we come to realize this truth and leverage it, a world of great relationship and teaching opportunities opens up with our children.
Uh oh, Lazarus has a tummy-ache.
What is happening here in these photos with my kids?
This is a part of our family devotional—a time to gather as a family, read and reflect on God’s Word, and pray and worship together. I told them we would be acting out the story before I read it. This helped them stay engaged as I read. Then we did an impromptu reenactment.

Lazarus has died, causing much weeping as his sisters prepare him for burial.

But Jesus arrives: “He will rise again.” “Lazarus, come out!”

Lazarus emerges from the tomb, alive! Jesus has turned tragedy into triumph.
Looks like fun, right? It is! My wife Amber and I love it, my kids love it, and we make fun memories together in the process. For families with small children like ours, this simple twist on the family devotional time can make all the difference.

Practical outline of a family devotional

In case you might find it helpful, here’s what we tend to do in our family time:
  • Pray
  • Sing a song or two
  • Read the Bible story
  • Invite all kids to interact with what they heard
  • Act out the story, with me narrating as needed as we go along
  • Take pictures during the reenactment and let the kids look at the photos
  • Sing a song or two
  • Hold hands and pray together for each other
I pray this encourages you. May it help you to lead your family toward Jesus with greater joy and power.

such a great idea!

This is a blog series highlighting different warrior moms that I know.
If you missed the Introduction Blog, you can read it here:
Lioness Arising Mothers 

Lioness Arising Mother #1: Lisa Joyce Goes. She goes by LJ.
Don’t mess with LJ.

LJ has three children. Madeleine, 7, Noah, 5, and Liam 3
Lisa’s beautiful boy Noah has been medically diagnosed with “leaky gut” which can be thanked for the elevated titre of measles in his intestines that are destroying his bowels, metal levels off the charts and no immunity to polio despite being vaxed. In addition, he cannot stop producing antibodies for varicella. Noah suffers greatly with mitochondrial dysfunction, bowel disease and immune compromise; all serious medical conditions that were diagnosed as autism.
He is one sick boy in addition to his diagnosis of Autism.
The best way to tell LJ’s story is through her own words. LJ writes about her world in daily posts on her fb page, as well as being a contributing editor for Age of Autism. She is also the Managing Partner of The Misuta Project, LLC.  An autism media company in search of the truth, in support of those pursuing it.
I’m going to share only a few of LJ’s posts. These posts are raw, emotional, gut-wrenching, and awe-inspiring. LJ is truthful, honest, and scientifically & medically sound.
Written from the heart of a mother. A mother who is fully and dangerously awake.
A Lioness Arising…
POST #1:
This evening, my 3 yo Liam opens a book. It was a picture book about helicopters. He sits at the kitchen island and pretends he his reading…this is what he says about his brother Noah:
“Noah is screaming. Noah, for longtime always, screams. He is sick. He jumps on the counters and mommy can’t get him off. He is very mad and he yells and cries and shakes. My ears hurt so bad. Mommy looks mad and she is tired …in her eyes. Mad is upstairs. She goes away. I’m sad.”
For you parents who don’t get it yet, I had a delightful baby. So good, I got pregnant again 6 months after having him. He was a breeze. Delightful. Except he was a little jaundiced, a bit swollen, didn’t really wanna eat and had eczema. If this describes your child currently, keep vaxing on schedule and you too can soon be me. You can listen to your super smart, sweet 3 year old tell you about what it’s like to watch his brother suffer. What it’s like to be potty trained when his brother isn’t, what it’s like to express himself when his brother can’t. What it’s like to live day in and day out with OCD so powerful it prevents his brother from setting foot on the ground, he must, at all times, be on the countertops. He must at all times, be screaming. He must at all times, be jumping, running, stimming, screaming, repeat. He fights getting dressed, he fights going to the bathroom, he fights brushing his teeth, combing his hair, learning how to properly eat and sit in a chair. His whole life, since his 12 month vaccinations he has been fighting.
Dear Morally Bankrupt Omniscient Pharma, This boy is my son. His NAME IS NOAH PATRICK GOES. He is a human being. You took his central nervous system. His vestibular system. His neurological functioning. His bowels. His eyesight. Tomorrow you plan to take away the supplements that give him peace. You wear me down. You break my children’s hearts. You take our money. You attempt to destroy my family on a daily basis. But, you will never ever win. I will. I WILL…ME…Lisa…Joyce…Goes….I WILL DESTROY YOU. One FB post, one letter, one phone call, one parent, one neighbor, one doctor, one school, one community, one city, one state at time. Remember his name, Noah Patrick Goes. NOAH. PATRICK. GOES. HE MATTERS. HIS LIFE MATTERS. From the bottom of my heart… LJ

Lioness Arising Mother #8: Robyn Charron

by gianelloni
I'd like to introduce my next mother from the Lioness Arising Mother series, Robyn Charron. I first learned about her story a few months ago. When a mothers story grips me and I can't stop thinking about it, I know I have to re-tell their story. Robyn fits the definition of a Lioness Arising Mother in every way and I am honored that she is allowing me to share her sons story. It is both heartbreaking and encouraging. Heartbreaking because this is the new normal and represents so many children. And encouraging because this momma gets it. She. Gets. It.
If you or anyone you know has a child with colic, reflux, head-banging, food allergies, or constant rashes please share this story.
Share. This. Story.

In Robyn's own words....

"If you wait until your child is born to think about vaccines, a vaccine injury is almost impossible to recognize.  You are too tired and overwhelmed when it strikes.  You are too immersed in the trees to see the forest.  Too busy putting band-aids on symptoms to see the syndrome.  You might be told that you have a sensitive, high-needs baby on your hands and his sensitivities manifest as colic, reflux, head-banging, food allergies, or contact rashes.  You will be told that it is all normal, which is the truth, considering what passes for normal these days.  Now I see these signs in other infants and I try to intervene.  I try to warn the parents that these sensitivities mean so much more than their doctor tells them.  I know that these parents are too down in it to see for themselves.
My son was born and like a lot of people, we put more thought into the paint in his bedroom than we had into vaccinations.  I knew one person, nearly a decade ago, who didn’t vaccinate his children.  He said, “We don’t put that crap into our kids.”  He scared me.  I thought he was a conspiracy theorist.  I would never be like that guy.
We were presented with the Hepatitis B vaccine paperwork on our child’s third day of life, just before leaving the hospital.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology but I didn’t know what Hep B was.  None of the parenting books I’d read mentioned that I would be expected to make a decision I knew nothing about while I was high on painkillers.  If you don’t already know, Hep B is a sexually transmitted blood borne disease that is also spread through using dirty needles.  Children don’t catch Hep B at the playground, or from a sneeze, or from drinking water.  The vaccine administered to a newborn baby will have long worn off by the time the child becomes sexually active.  If a mother is Hep B positive and has been receiving prenatal care, she certainly knows her status prior to the baby arriving.
So why are hospitals vaccinating all of our newborns for Hepatitis B?  Because they can.  Because almost no one says “No.”  It is as simple as that.
We all want to trust our doctors.  No one wants to believe that the CDC and the AAP aren’t looking out for our best interests.  No one wants to retroactively realize they were responsible for harming their babies.  No one wants to debate their child’s pediatrician.  No one wants to have this battle with their spouse.
We allowed the Hep B vaccine that day.  We actually said, “It must be a really big deal or it wouldn’t come with all of this consent paperwork,” but allowed it anyway.  We took our baby home that evening and spent the wee morning hours wishing we could put that hysterical child back into my body.  We didn’t make a connection between the two events.  We were already too down in it to see.
A week later we were still miserable.  My husband would race home from work to help me.  I would still be in my pajamas, covered in spit-up, leaking milk.  Our baby would be crying.  I would be crying.  I wouldn’t have fed myself, brushed my teeth or folded any laundry.  At two weeks old our son was diagnosed with “classic colic” and it did not let up for the next five months.  It was the most severe case of colic anyone in our lives had ever seen.  We ended up medicating him with an antispasmodic to save our marriage.
unnamedDay before 2 month vaccinations
When he was nine weeks old I took my fussy baby in for his 2-month checkup and was attacked with paperwork.  I wasn’t prepared for what the check-up would entail.  “Sign here, sign here, sign here, he needs his vaccinations.”  They were three injections and two orals that covered 7 diseases.  “Is this safe?  Why are there so many?”  They don’t want you to ask questions.  They don’t have any answers.  There is a list of side-effects on the package inserts but they do not share it with you.  You are rushed to hurry up.
They try to strip you of all maternal instinct when you are in your most vulnerable postpartum state. 
My postpartum anxiety was sky-high.  I was a shell of my former self and sleep-deprived.  I had been screamed at for hours on end by this tortured baby.  I was too down in it to think.
I asked to nurse him through the shots and was denied.  I signed off on the vaccines.  Within 20 minutes he fell into a deep unwakeable sleep.  This colicky child of ours did not usually fall asleep out in the middle of commotion.  He did not ordinarily pass out the moment I put him into the car.  I called my husband to tell him that something was wrong.  I put our son into his crib but even the transition did not wake him.  I hovered over him as he slept for hours—something he’d never done before.
When he finally did wake, he screamed a high pitched scream I’d never heard before or since.
I remember running into his room and standing over him with the phone, letting the nurse at the doctor’s office listen.  She insisted this hysteria was due to “pain from the injection site” and said I should give him more Tylenol.  I didn’t believe her.  The note they sent me home with said to call if he had a high-pitched scream so why were they saying it was normal?
He didn’t want to be held.  He didn’t want me touching him.  After 15 minutes of ear-splitting screams I nursed him back to sleep.  I was sitting inches from him in his baby hammock chair when he woke the second timeI will never forget the way his arms stiffened up and shot out from his body with his piercing screams.  His eyes scrunched tightly shut as he put every ounce of his energy into the terrifying sounds coming out of his teeny, tiny person.  He wasn’t looking at me.  He didn’t even know I was there.   He went back to sleep and the scream stopped.
I stayed up all night doing the research I should have done 2 months before.
His scream was cry-encephalitis, also known as the DTaP scream.  It is brain inflammation.  It is literally an allergic reaction to vaccines in the brain.  It is not uncommon.  Had I taken him to the ER, it would have been documented with an EEG.  Instead I was lied to by my pediatrician’s office until the event had passed.
That was the beginning of the end of vaccines for us.
Children do not have the requisite myelin sheath coating their nervous system pathways to withstand bombardment of viruses, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, MSG, and animal DNA.  Damage to the nerves not covered by myelin sheath is autism.  It is Asperger’s.  It is epilepsy.  It is asthma.  It is well-documented and accepted by mainstream media that damage to the myelin sheath is physically and mentally debilitating in head injuries, yet the connection to autism remains unacknowledged.
Believe me, it made me sick to think about not vaccinating my child.  I flip-flopped on my stance countless times.  I told myself that at his next vaccinations we would go wait in the parking lot of the emergency room just in case.  Then I told myself that was crazy talk—what kind of mother would subject her child to something that might send him to the emergency room?  The day before his 4-month doctor appointment I finally got up the nerve to tell his doctor we were holding off on more vaccinations until he turned one.  The doctor took the news so well that I felt silly for making myself sick over it.
Our baby now had eczema all of the time.  At 4 months he was covered head to toe in a body rash from his first tablespoon of banana.  We held off two more months for solid food.  At 6 months old he developed a contact rash on his face from sweet potatoes.  I pushed his doctor for answers, and a blood test came back positive for a peanut allergy.
My 6 month old breastfed baby had deadly peanut allergy.  I didn’t see a connection.  I was way too down in it by now.
At 12 months old his pediatrician who promised us that he “wasn’t a stickler” for the CDC vaccination schedule kicked us out of the practice for not resuming the shots.  “It’s stressing me out not to vaccinate your child,” he said.  I was holding my baby in my arms, trying to explain our fears, describing how horrible that terrifying day ten months prior had been.  I told him how worried I was that we would end up in the ER this time.  I was humiliated.  He’d told his entire staff he was kicking us out that day.  I left in tears.  I thought of all of the things I’d wished I said to him for months to come.
We never did resume the vaccines.  It took some time to feel confident in that decision.  My supportive husband stood by me in our defiance even though neither of us knew what we were doing, and man we were scared.

Monday, January 13, 2014

from ladies against feminism blog:


SermonAudio Partners with RFC for the 2014 Family Conference at the Creation Museum!

Posted By on January 8, 2014
Reforming Families Conference (RFC) in partnership with is pleased to announce the 2014 theme of “Living the Great Commission” for the upcoming Family Conference held at the world-class Creation Museum! You and your family are invited to take a break for a few days this summer (July 31-August 2) and enjoy a different kind of family conference that presents a unique lineup of dynamic speakers held in a venue enjoyable for the whole family!
We’ve assembled an incredible roster of speakers including Al MartinAlan Cairns,Ken Ham, and Jerry Bilkes. Some of the sermons and practical sessions dealing with this subject include:
  • Overcoming Fear for the Great Commission
  • The Sovereignty of God and the Great Commission
  • Human Responsibility and the Great Commission
  • Teaching Our Children the Great Commission
  • Roundtable Discussion with the Speaker Panel.
The purpose of the Reforming Families Conference (RFC) is based upon the Latin phrase: semper reformans, semper reformanda – “reformed, always reforming.” To that end, our desire is to challenge and encourage families to advance in their quest to glorify Christ and advance His kingdom…and to be Always Reforming.

"There are days of motherhood, long seasons even, that are quite laborious.  And if you are like me, motherhood brought about the first time you were ever really tested in this matter of laying down your life.  Took me a long time to realize that the things motherhood took from me while I was still resentful of it, was not true sacrifice. I would keep a mental tally of just how many bottoms I wiped, how many corrections I had given and just how long it took me to get school done that day. How many sermons I had missed at church, how much pregnancy changed my body, how I didn't even get any sleep at night. I didn't give those things, they were taken from me.  They were not given freely and willfully.

Sometimes daily, I still have to intentionally hand over those things willingly, not have them ripped from my hands that want to cling to them with a death-grip.  I want to give them gently, lovingly and freely, not see them as stolen from me.  That is real sacrifice and the kind that bears fruit."

i admire this blogger greatly, finish reading here:

How to Raise Daughters with Ability and Attitude!

How do your girls spend most of their time? How do you spend most of your time?
How is their attitude towards home and life?  How is yours? Do you complain or are you slothful?
How does she use her hands? Is she being industrious? Is she reaching out to the needy?
The verse, “Train them up in the way they should go. ”  applies to many areas of parenting.
Raising Daughters

We should be training  our daughters up in ability and with attitude, a holy attitude; an attitude that shows meekness and confidence.
The most effective way for this to be taught is for it to be modeled, to be lived out as a way of life by her mother and ideally grandmother and aunts.

good information continues here:
 raising daughters

5. Be pure in doctrine. Titus 2:7 says, “In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.” Don’t abandon doctrinal precision when teaching young children, yet aim for simplicity and soundness.

8. Require attention. Proverbs 4:1 says, “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” Fathers and mothers have important truths to convey. You must demand a hearing for God’s truths in your home. That may involve repeated statements at the beginning like these: “Sit up, son, and look at me when I’m talking. We’re talking about God’s Word, and God deserves to be heard.” Don’t allow children to leave their seats during family worship.

"Don’t cave in, Mom. Don’t believe your children when they moan and kick and scream. Don’t listen to the growing mass of outsiders who are nothing more than whiners who rebelled against their own parents and never grew up (and are now running the country).You keep on being the parent God intended you to be; set limits, create boundaries, challenge selfishness. Be willing to face short-term rejection in anticipation of long-term benefits."

Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence.

Matthew Henry

Friday, January 10, 2014

Farm Skills Program

Appropriate for ages 4 and older
Offered on selected Thursdays in the spring, summer, and fall
This program is designed to give hands-on experience of several skills necessary for an 18th-century farm. The activities are set up in stations around the Market Fair grounds, and participants may go from station to station as they choose, spending as much or as little time as they wish at each activity.

Activities may include:

  • pounding corn
  • carding wool
  • spinning with a drop spindle
  • dipping candles (weather permitting: spring and fall only)
  • 18th-century games
This program can accommodate up to 200 people, so unless your group is exceptionally large, you will be sharing the grounds with other groups of varying ages.
The Farm Skills program activities run from 10am – 12pm ONLY, on selected Thursdays. During and after the Farm Skills program, participants are welcome to visit the 18th-century Farm Site, which is open until 4:30pm.
Program Dates for 2014 (all are Thursdays):
  • Spring

                April  17 & 24

               May    1, 8, 22 & 29

  • Summer

               July 10 & 24

  • Autumn

                September 25

                October 2, 9, 23 & 30

                November 6 & 13

Please note that the Farm Skills staff and volunteers will not be dressed in period costume. They will be in modern clothing to differentiate between this program and the 18th century farm, where the interpreters are in costume and in character for the year 1771. The Farm Skills interpreters are therefore able to answer your modern questions, and to interpret a broader range of history than those at the 18th century farm site.
"The woman who steps out of her role to find fulfillment for money, status, or for a lack of trust in the LORD is reaching for that which is not hers and ultimately finds herself in a cruel deception.  She is being used by the enemy and her very life is distorting what God called “very good.”   If only she were to live as a submissive wife to her own husband, she would be a more godly woman than the wife who was out working to help her husband financially."

such powerful words, i absolutely love this blogger; read the rest at:

don't let anyone deceive you, you have a purpose in the home and it is good.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

a beautifully written response from above rubies regarding God's provisions and our faith and trust in Him.


IsGodAbleRecently I read some comments from mothers which grieved my heart. One mother said she would love to have more children but couldn't afford to build more rooms to their home to accommodate them. Another said she would like more but believed that God does not guarantee to provide all our needs. It is true that if we looked at our financial circumstances most of us would never have children. But God doesn't provide for children before they come to us, but when they arrive.
The Scriptures are very clear that God will provide food and clothing for His people who walk in His ways and who trust Him. As believers, we do not live by what we see, but by faith in God's living Word which cannot lie. It is an indictment to the church of God today that most "believers" do not believe. We have the same attitudes as the people who do not know God. Surely, we are a different people. We are a people who are saved by faith and now live by faith in His promises.
Can I encourage you to read the following promises of provision? Let God strengthen your heart. Let Him fill you with faith as you read His Word because "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". Romans 10:17.

Jehovah Jireh

Genesis 22:14, "And Abraham called the name of the place, The Lord Will Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided."

the rest over at: