Saturday, October 31, 2009

Boycotts

I was pondering boycotts the last few days. Now let me give a heads up first, I am not telling anyone to boycott or not to boycott. So please don't take this as condemnation one way or another. We are under grace and have too many things to worry about without dithering over something so trivial.

Lately, it seems that 1 Corinthians 10 keeps coming up in different studies. It is the chapter on not eating meat sacrificed to idols if it causes a brother to stumble. Throughout the chapter it talks about considering the brother and you don't eat because of love of others. I don't see another reason, actually Paul states that we are under grace TO eat it. We can eat it.

Where were they buying it? A temple ... what kind of temple? A temple to a FALSE God. Where did the money go? To support a false religion. Wow! That thought came as a shock. Paul had no problem spending money there. Why?
1Cr 5:12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within {the church?}

1Cr 5:13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.

The world will act like the world. Why are we surprised when they act exactly as the Bible says:


2Ti 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
2Ti 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

I will, when given the opportunity, support fellow believers out of a desire to help those I am called to love. I will support those companies that I like their philosophies and that contribute positively to society because it is common sense if you want a company to survive you have to buy from them. I will boycott or not because of a relationship with God and His guidance in my life. But in it all, I will remember that God is sovereign and we live in a fallen world and am called to be a light and love those around me.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thanks for the memories!

I was thinking about a sermon I recently listened to by Voddie Baucham. He was talking about brokenness in the life of a believer. I was considering his point about remembering who we were to point to God who brought us from there.

How many times I have blown it .... and I mean really blown it as a parent. Some memories that I cringed at and felt so guilt ridden because of my sin in dealing with my kids. Oh how I wished I could change it or at the least forget it!!! Yet, now I look at those memories in a new light.

What a wretch I was! But how great God is !!!! He has taken me so far. He has changed who I am. Only God could take a wretch like me and do anything with her. I have a wonderful relationship with my kids. Thanks be to God and Him alone.

I see those times of total rebellion, self centeredness and immaturity and how far I have come. God has taken the years stolen and given them back ten fold. I can look back and now rejoice. I can see God's goodness, God's grace and God's faithfulness. He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete.

And as Voddie says "I am not who I should be, but Hallelujah I am not who I once was!"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Calico Quilt


A poem I wrote awhile ago. But hey, it's my blog, I can put whatever I want here. :o)

The Calico Quilt 

I have memories all fashioned with laughter and cheers 
Bound together tightly with heartache and tears 
Each stitch is so precious 
One of a kind 
Creating a masterpiece.... 
A calico quilt in my mind 

The stitches uneven, the edges are frayed 
Each square is different but don't be dismayed 
It's highly treasured - one of a kind 
Made by many hearts, this Calico Quilt in my mind 

Mismatched squares by small little hearts 
Stained, worn and loved in so many parts 
My children so hastily put each piece in place 
The more that I held them the quicker they raced 
Each precious memory added a square 
Softly I touch the fabric laid there 

Many friends have added some squares of their own 
Their styles are different, but carefully sewn 
Bright flowers and rainbows...Dark Patterns and hues
Each memory woven, tho' not all construed 

Between the squares and framing each side 
Family has sewn many stitches with pride 
Childhood, teen years, mother and wife 
Bright vibrant images dance into life 

The most beautiful artwork in the center is found 
Each stitch is perfect; Carefully bound 
Christ took all my sorrow, my tears and my pain 
Transformed it to fabric with shimmering grain 
With colors so brilliant, it's hard to conceive 
What He did with this quilt, the hour I believed 

Tho' years of creating 
It won't be complete 
Until the day that I lay it 
At my Savior's feet 

But for now I enjoy 
The uneven stitches 
The brilliant rainbows 
The vibrant pictures
It warms my soul 
It is one of a kind 
This mismatched, tattered and loved
Calico quilt in my mind 

20 years!

My oldest, Portia, turned 20 today. It is incredible to realize it has been this long since I first held her in my arms. Where did the years go?

As I cuddled Benjamin in my arms today and think how far away 20 years seems, I realize it is just a blink. It won't be long until diapers give way to bicycles and bicycles to cars. It sure makes me wish I could hold the days a little tighter.

Happy Birthday my beautiful daughter. May you cherish each moment completely for when it is gone it is gone. 

May I hold my kids a little tighter today, squeeze them and smell their hair, listen to the giggles and nonsensical banter with contentment. May I touch their hands and contemplate their softness and may I read with them, play with them and laugh with them. May we make the memories we will hold on to because that is all I will have left of today.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Building a Foundation

Home School. A simple phrase that dominates so much in my daily life in both activity and thought. To be successful, all I needed to do was spend 13 years working to make sure my children were at the top of the class of kids a year older than them, athletically well trained and had some knowledge of any subject that could ever be brought up in polite or impolite conversation. Okay maybe not impolite but definitely the bizarre. :o) Watch out Jeopardy here they come!!

Okay, well seriously that might be an overstatement, but how much do I place my success as a parent on how well they are schooled. God knew what I needed!! Some girls that weren't going to cooperate with their training to earning a Nobel Prize. Having graduated one girl and starting at the beginning with another, I can sure see where God has led me.

When did our success become lined up with a worldy view? Have we traded academics for Godliness? The wisdom of man is foolishness to God. Yet we strive for it. Am I not more successful if my kids love God with all their heart, soul and mind? Isn't God pleased with my parenting when my children live as regenerated children of God? If my kids can't read a third grade level, yet surrender their wills to God's desire ... isn't he pleased? Does monopoly teach bribery when you have to pay $50 to each player when you are elected as chairman of the board? Uh, wait a little off topic.

We are refocusing this year with emphasis on Charlotte Mason, Teaching the Trivia and other similar teaching styles. Though I pray my children will progress far beyond a third grade level. I desire most to prepare them for the future God has in store. My goal isn't college. Yet, if college in is His future then so be it. (and He will provide!)