Voting

I am a Marine’s daughter and an American. I vote every election because many many people in our nation’s amazing history died so we can. Also, we have a responsibility to apply our faith in God to real life and vote for those who uphold His teachings and will as written for us in the Bible. Every person is obliged to become as informed as possible and vote for those who believe the closest to God’s teachings as possible, according to our conscience. That is the criteria for voting but please please vote. Every vote is an act of patriotism as well as obedience to God. You determine who you vote for via prayer and Bible study and conscience. No one should tell you who to vote for, but please vote. See you at the polls! And may Christians rise up and return to the Lord so He may bless us again! It is our heritage. May God bless our election!

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Bread as Teacher

We made bread today. We learned several things from this process. The first was that it is amazing how cheap bread is in the store. It doesn’t taste like homemade but the process still must be followed. Making bread required arm strength and endurance as well as time. Lots and lots of time. So buying bread in the store does not taste as good but is worth every penny. Secondly, we worked on math. We discovered that we only had enough flour for a half batch (1 loaf) so we worked on fractions for measurements. Thirdly, we learned a little science as I taught about the yeast/ warm water/ temperature/ sugar interplay and why dough rises. Fourthly, we learned economics in that if you don’t have bread in the house and don’t have money to go get bread, you can make it yourself. And it tastes better! And lastly we learned that good things come to those who wait. And every person on earth needs to be reminded of that now and then. So, the kitchen is a great place for teaching children all sorts of things and talking about life as you wait for the dough to rise or food to bake. Making lessons out of life is what Christ did and we feel closer to Him when we do the same, I think. At least I do. Hope you had a great day too!

A Word of Encouragement

If you are having a rough day, please know for a moment and the remember forever that you are unconditionally loved beyond your ability to understand by Someone who is greater than your ability to understand and made of Love. So, He fights for you when you ask Him to and He always wins because He is biggest and smartest and loves you like that. So, stop being frustrated and pray for a minute and give all those frustrations to the One not bothered by anything and ask Him to fix them and hold you and He will every time. It helps to see it if you turn off the distractions, but even if you can’t, rest assured He answers prayers anyway. You are loved. Calm down. Pray. Relax. God will fill you with peace. He is good.

Homeschooling Moms and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

Several million kids are getting an education in America. Some dropped out, some are in private schools and some are homeschooled, but most are public school trained. And many of all of these come away with good educations, many don’t and that is the way of it. And each family has its own story and its own particular kind of beauty and uniqueness from the Lord. All of us are loved and treasured. But my firm belief is that homeschooling moms are strangely unique in that we have purposefully taken on the roll of both mom and teacher. While all moms are teachers of sorts, the homeschooling mom is full time everything. We have, on purpose mind you, freely given away any free or “me” time for the sake of teaching our children the way we think they should be taught. It is unheard of for a person to willingly opt for 2 full time jobs at once. And on top of it, we also do the janitorial duties and the cook’s duties to boot. So, it is really 3 full time jobs. Then there is the husband to make time for and care for. That is the fun one. Otherwise, who on earth would opt for such sacrificial giving of one’s self for the good of kids who may or may not appreciate any of it? The answer for me is because I answer to a God in Heaven when this brief life is over. Yes, I love my kids and want the best drama free, lie free, most well rounded individualized education for my kids. But for me, more than all of that is my personal conviction that my primary responsibility to God concerning my children is that I train them to be God’s kids who grow up to be healthy and productive adults who expand God’s work. I personally don’t feel that can happen easily with evolution and agendas with other philosophies crammed down their throats. Every person is responsible for their own convictions. We are instructed to do what is right in our own minds. So, some would call me crazy. And I’m positive that is true, though I think it is a good crazy for a good reason and I want to be called crazy about my family because I’m crazy about my God. We homeschooling moms really are a lot like bears in that we spend much time training our kids and play with them but will attack if our kids are threatened. We are like Tigers in that we are avid hunters of a large game of knowledge to share with our kids. And we are most like lions because when you work 3 full time jobs in the same space, you are the queen of that space. Moms are large and in charge. So, beware the homeschooling moms. We fight for our principles by sacrificing our freedom for the good of the family. We are true patriots. And when our children are grown and productive and independent thinkers later, we just want you to know you are welcome. It is worth every minute.

Peace

Peace is attainable by anyone truly looking for it in the right place. It will never be peace between all nations until the big day when Jesus Christ returns. And probably not between denominations who are filled with spiritually immature people. And peace will probably never happen between some family members who are unable to agree on some things. However, if you are talking about peace in your own heart and soul, that peace is incredibly attainable and tangible and fantastic. All I can do is tell you about my peace journey and hope you try it yourself if you haven’t found it yet. I used to think peace relied on everything fitting together smoothly and running perfectly according to my own ideas and plans. So if everything went my way and according to my plan, I was at peace. Now, it seems narcissistic and indeed is but without Christ’s teachings, we are naturally pretty narcissistic, aren’t we? And I see now that what I was calling peace was actually calm satisfaction at the moment or happy moments, as I just made the term up. Well, peace in my limited experience was lots of back to back happy moments or getting my way all the time. And of course, I was unknowingly setting myself up for failure because of several reasons I will share on the very nature of peace in reality. Also, I was making for a very bumpy emotional roller coaster in search of something I was going about all wrong. After many years of study and many prayers for wisdom and understanding, I see what this concept of peace really is. It is a surrender of yourself to your environment because you know that no matter what happens in this world, no one can change who you are in Christ and corrupt your living status in Heaven when this life ends. Peace is closely tied in with security and faith, knowing you are loved and realizing that God’s love and plan for you will never change ever for all eternity and that you will always be secure with Him. There is no true peace without this. True peace is intertwined with Christ and faith and truth and love and joy and patience and so on. One cannot have one aspect of God in a bucket to carry off. If God is there, He is all there or not at all. If one of His attributes are present, all of His attributes will be present also. If you want God’s peace, you must come to Him through his Son Jesus Christ who paved the way to God through His sacrifice. And when you have God’s peace, you also have His power and love and joy and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and self-control. There are no halves with God. There is no true peace without Him, no matter who tries to say otherwise. And peace is a beautiful place to be, well worth the effort to not be the most important person in the universe. I would rather be humble with God and dripping with peace than pridefully away from God still searching for it. We all have to make that choice because no one else can make it for you. Peace is beautiful.

One is the Loneliest Number

When the kids are asleep and my hubby is engrossed in his computer, these days I get feeling very alone, very much feeling sorry for myself. If I were me during my very busy days, I would think lonely me was a joke. I would wonder how someone with so much company of their children and often parents and occasionally a granddaughter and church and a band how on earth I could feel lonely. I was reading though my current book and felt the answer explicitly. When I feel most lonely is when I am focusing on me and my needs and wants and perceived needs and wants. It hit me that I had been so busy taking care of everyone and trying to take care of myself that my eyes dropped from their necessary focus, which is my Heavenly Father. Well meaning women of faith as well as most woman of very little if any faith try to comfort us all by telling us to take care of ourselves and make sure we have “me” time. Yes, we must physically remain healthy amidst internal struggles but the very best advise I ever received actually came in my spirit, the Holy Spirit living in me said to focus on God. My loneliness is a lack of my focus on God, my own experience speaks its truth. When I try to control things, when I try to use my own strength to do everything I must do in a day, I get burnt out and start feeling sorry for myself and loneliness rears its ugly little head. But you see, loneliness is a lie. The enemy wants us to believe we are alone in our battles, we are unimportant,unloved, uncared for. Nothing could be farther from the truth!! Nothing! We are loved by the Creator of the universe, the most powerful God we know of, bigger than we can fathom and strong enough to have all His faculties and self under His control because why? Because He is love. He loves us with a deeper purer form of love than we can fathom because it is who He is and all He is capable of. God wants us to run to Him and stay there because He longs to share our lives with Him. His unconditional love is the only unconditional love and we have it as a gift as soon as we decide to hold up our arms to Him and accept it. Amazing. God as companion is incredible and attainable because He wishes it, not because of anything we do.

What One Person Can Do

Noah, Rahab, Joseph, Esther, Job, Paul, Abraham, and so many more heroes of the Bible all shared one thing. They were primarily solitary individuals who did amazing things for the Lord. When He is ready to work, He is not looking for a flock to do His will every time. Sometimes, with the important stuff, solitary individuals were called upon to obey and did. The reason He did this is so that we know God can accomplish His will through even single obedient people. We do not have to be any sort of significant (Rahab was a prostitute) to be able to be a vessel for the Lord’s work. We just have to humbly obey. When one person obeys, amazing things can happen. It is true we have no control over much of what happens in the world or anyone around us, but when we obey we can control ourselves which can yield amazing fruit. One obedient soul in the kingdom of God is worth a million disobedient narcissists. And you never know how great a work can be carried out for the Lord with one act of obedience or the lifetime of obedience of one single person. From experience, when I am humble and obedient and submissive to the Father God of the universe, He takes excellent care of me every time. He honors that and expands it and blesses to encourage me. He can do that for you. It just takes a contrite heart and one act of obedience at a time until a habit forms. That is the type of addiction I want to have. I want to be addicted to humble obedience to God. No telling what we all could accomplish for Him if we each adopted such an attitude! Wow.