Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tell me, what is it with us women? Why do we seem to constantly need to pick and criticize each other? It seems to be a trait particular to us. Why do we seem to take the ministry of getting everybody else straight onto our own shoulders and set about to take everyone else to task? Why can't we be more kind? What is it about us that makes us want to sharpen our tongues?
We women are very good at chit chat. But it's very few friends that one can feel like they can let their guard down and be at home with. These people are precious. I want to be more like that.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Joseph is carefully protecting his ears-good boy!
Scott pushing our wall into place..tons of dirt... and all that..
Papa working in the ditch. This is where our basement stairs will go.
Friday, October 9, 2009
We are reading the book of Joshua for our Bible reading, and the other day I asked him to tell me all he knew about the cities of refuge. Here is what he told me.
You go there when you accidentally kill somebody. And then the people who had the brother that you accidentally killed go to the city of refuge, then they talk to the gatemen and they say "This guy is in there and he killed my brother." and the gatemen say "Whoa, whoa, whoa, this guy killed him on accident. Go back to your city whatever name it is." and the elders of the city give him a place. And when the high priest dies the person who accidentally killed someone can go home.
I just get such a kick out of that! Sometimes being a home schooling mom can be such a hoot.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
But I have been reading Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. I want to read it slowly because I feel like I really need to get all I can out of it. In recent years I just haven't felt the closeness with Christ that I used to. I feel dry and tired on the inside a good amount of time. I know the book can't give me refreshment back in my life, but I want to really practice what I read.
But I came across this quote today:
"If we are to progress in the spiritual walk so that the disciplines are a blessing not a curse, we must come to the place in our lives where we can lay down the everlasting burden of always needing to manage others. This drive, more than any single thing, will lead us to turn the Spiritual Disciples into laws. Once we have made a law, we have an "externalism" by which we judge who is measuring up and who is not. With out laws the disciplines are primarily an internal work, and it is impossible to control an internal work. When we genuinely believe that inner transformation is God's work and not ours, we can cut to rest the passion to set others straight.
We must beware of how quickly we can latch onto this word or that word and turn it into law. The moment we do so we qualify for Jesus' stern pronouncement against the Pharisees: They bind heavy burdens on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger" (Matt. 23:4) In these matters we need the words of the apostle Paul embedded in our minds: "We deal not in the letter but in the spirit. The latter of the law leads to the death of the soul; the Spirit of God alone can give life to the soul." (2 Cor. 3:6 Phillips)."
Oh isn't that so true! As soon as I tell one of my boys something the first thing they do is to say "Well, so and so did that." The last thing they want to do is address their own behavior! It's always so and so!
But the flip side of that is that we can also be on the receiving end of another person who feels like it is their ministry to set the rest of the world in order. They don't approve of your clothes, schedule, TV watching, standard of education, etc. etc. etc. And if you even maybe have two or three people in your life like that if you don't set yourself to protect yourself that can get very burdensome indeed. Especially if the advice conflicts!
Sometimes I feel like I walk around with one big guilt trip. But I feel like the Lord is telling me that the reason I feel guilty is because I haven't been spending enough time with Him. So He can speak to me about the things that aren't actually His will for me and also the things I really ought to feel guilty about. I need to spend more time with the Lord. That is just the bottom line. It is good to spend time with others, get work done, all of that, but with out His sweet presence we can work ourselves to a fury going in entirely the wrong direction. We can use our time of fellowship leading others in the wrong direction as well-maybe all the while thinking we are helping them get their life together! I need the Lord. I am looking forward to some time of quietness with Him.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Lately I've been spending a lot of time talking with Forrest about his plans for the future. He has developed quite an interest in economics. I guess the fun of having older kids is that they become interested in things you never would have investigated yourself and you get to learn through them. We are trying to decide where he should go to college, when, etc. Community? Distance learning? There are so many options, all of them costing lots of $$$$$ and I don't want to make a mistake and waste said $$$$!!!
But I also want to trust that God will make a way and provide and not shrink back from something just because it looks impossible at the beginning. *Sigh*
But I hate the thought of him going away to school. I hope he won't need to too soon. I guess it depends on what he wants to study. Economics is a pretty broad subject. But he wants to do something that will make a real difference, somewhere, somehow. I guess if you come from an Austrian economics point of view it is harder to get a good paying job because it's the government that really pays the economists and they don't like the Austrian view. It doesn't give them anything to promise their constituents. But I can't tell him not to go into something just because he's not going to get rich at it-I mean if he feels like that's really where the Lord is leading him, can I?
But we toss around college names like Hillsdale, or Patrick Henry.
Bah. I want him to stay here. I want all my kids to stay right here. And I want at least 100 grandchildren.
And thats that.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
William Cowper, from the Net Hymnal
I love this hymn. I love how it reminds me to look for God's providence in all circumstances. I love how it depicts God as smiling at His children, so often I am afraid He is frowning at me. We are so tempted to think God cannot not work now, I've made too much of a mess. This is to complicated, to big, my enemies are to strong, etc. But God is not thwarted, and just because He is taking His time doesn't mean He isn't working. He's just very thorough. How much trouble we could save ourselves if we could just trust Him and be happy!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Anyway. I love reading to my kids. It has always been one of my favorite things about homeschooling. I love to share all the books I loved as a kid with them, and also finding new treasures. My boys now are 8, 6, 5 and 2. The Eight and six year old are really starting to be more interested in being read to and being able to follow chapter books. It is so much fun! It is also fun because as little boys thier interests are so much different than the girls. But we have been reading a lot lately. Here are a few offerings...
OK, this was for me. Some picture books just are. I loved it.
Lately the kids have been very interested in Japan. They also used these comics to teach themselves a few kanji characters.
And a few chapter books for the boys...
"Henry and Ribsy" is an old friend. The boys loved it. And I think it was my third or fourth time reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". But the boys were a fresh audience and so it was just as fun as the first. "Viking Adventure" is out of print, I got it from the library. But it looks like Amazon has it used. It was a good live history book for the boys. I would pick it up again.
Another great find is the LibriVox site. Oh, if you haven't discovered this, you simply must check it out! We are listening to Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall It is a wonderful recording. Owen especially requestsit-even in the evening for entertainment. Definately worth incorporating into a day. The chapters are very short, too, though like potato chips we don't ever consume just one.
And for me..
I love the vision Andrew Murray lays out for prayer. I go off and on with prayer, sometimes I seem to be praying all the time and at other times... alas... But this book is very encouraging and inspiring.
So... what's on your book shelf these days?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Rand and Forrest climbed Mt. Hood. (pictured in the header above) Well, they didn't make it all the way to the top. About an hour from the summit they encountered a blizzard, so they decided to come back down. I mean, what's the point of going up if you can't see ANYTHING? (I'm actually probably not a good person to answer that, because I can't see why I would want to climb a mountain anyway. As much as I do love Mt. Hood, I think everything that is interesting about it is to be seen below the timberline. I mean look at those photos. There are no trees, no moss, no pretty little creeks.. I digress..) But look at that grin on Rand. He eats this stuff up. Every picture of the climb he is grinning away like that. He so loves those mountains.
We went to the "Apple Pie Day" event in Salem (capitol of Oregon, in case you haven't covered that yet.)
There it is more off to the distance.
We also visited our representative, Bill Kennemer, who was very receptive and cordial. He talked about trying to get prayer meeting going and no one showing up and feeling alone down there in Salem. Well, that's probably so, here in liberal land. We shouldn't under estimate the power of encouraging our government leaders. They are people just like us, and it can't be very easy to withstand the tides they encounter. So I thought we should do more of this sort of thing as we can.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Lead the Way
The Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
If we obey the Lord, He will compel our adversaries to see that His blessing rests upon us. Though this be a promise of the law, yet it stands good to the people of God; for Jesus has removed the curse, but He has established the blessing.
It is for saints to lead the way among men by holy influence: they are not to be the tail, to be dragged hither and thither by others. We must not yield to the spirit of the age, but compel the age to do homage to Christ. If the Lord be with us, we shalt not crave toleration for religion, but we shall seek to seat it on the throne of society. Has not the Lord Jesus made His people priests'' Surely they are to teach and must not be learners from the philosophies of unbelievers. Are we not in Christ made kings to reign upon the earth? How, then can we be the servants of custom, the slaves of human opinion?
Have you, dear friend, taken up your true position for Jesus? Too many are silent because diffident, if not cowardly. Should we allow the name of the Lord Jesus to be kept in the background? Should our religion drag along as a tail? Should it not rather lead the way and be the ruling force with ourselves and others?
from The Spurgeon Archive
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I thought this was an excellent overview of the pubic education system and the reasons why government intrusion in the area of education is NOT a good plan.
With Obama in the white house we all are expecting some sort of an attack on home school freedoms. These attacks will come from various corners and we will have to vigelent about watching what our govorment does. However, I do think we ought to use caution in providing links to individuals who have set themselves up as advocates in some way or another. Providing links to their websites just gives them greater visability and moves them up on the google searches etc. We can answer their arguments with out giving them promotional benefits from our own sites.
Just a thought.
Monday, March 2, 2009
“Their being discouraged by their sins will cost them many a prayer, many a tear, and many a groan; and that because their discouragements under sin flow from ignorance and unbelief. It springs from their ignorance of the richness, freeness, fullness, and everlastingness of God’s love; and from their ignorance of the power, glory, sufficiency, and efficacy of the death and sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ; and from their ignorance of the worth, glory, fullness, largeness, and completeness of the righteousness of Jesus Christ; and from their ignorance of that real, close, spiritual, glorious, and inseparable union that is between Christ and their precious souls.
Ah! Did precious souls know and believe the truth of these things as they should, they would not sit down dejected and overwhelmed under the sense and operation of sin. God never gave a believer a new heart that it should always lie a-bleeding, and that it should always be rent and torn in pieces with discouragements.”
- Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
From Of First Importance
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I can't believe how long it has been since I've posted! Well, I guess I knew that would happen if I went and got Facebook. Facebook is like internet instant snack food. It's quick and easy and you can pop in and out and it gets you in touch with people fast but it's all little chit-chat stuff. Poke this person, make a quick comment on a photo, but there isn't really any depth to it. I resisted getting it for that reason, but it has been fun to get in touch with people from high school and so forth. It's amazing the people that come out of the woodwork! My kids think it's very funny to hear me gasp over some old friend I haven't heard from in twenty years. It's such a hoot. :)