"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 - 2005

Friday, January 9, 2015

Remember


Only one commandment has the word remember...

I wonder why God would add remember? 

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

It is war after all

What happened in France was horrific.  The battle lines have been drawn.  Whether it is in France, Afghanistan, or even in the United States, we are and have been facing a war.   This war is not what most people think it is.  This war is not about the things that we think it is about.  This war is about diversion, delusion, and disenfranchising people.

What made the situation in France so horrible is that in the West, we value the ability to say anything we wish without deadly consequences.  We value the right to say we dislike a leader, or a faith, or another person and not worry that we will be gunned down.

What made the situation in France one more link in the war was the sad fact that 12 people are now dead.  They died in a brutal fashion.  The saying dying in ones sleep wasn't granted although many say that is how they would wish to die.

One person every 30 minutes is murdered in the United States.  The reasoning behind each murder is pretty much like the reasoning behind the terrorist attack in France.  You see there is no reason to murder another.

Almost the same amount of people a day are killed by drunk drivers as are murdered in the US.  Seriously.

This war to erase man is epic in scale.  Pretty much for all of recorded history man has been warring against someone or another.  Sides have been drawn up and each proceeds lethally.

This isn't something new.  This isn't about the method of murder as drunks don't use guns, nor in most of recorded history have guns been the method of execution.

Yet...in America we will divide in our factions and debate the situation in France.  Some will say (or already have) that the depiction of a religious leader was the cause and we should not do that, even though any disparaging images of Jesus are acceptable by these same folks.  Others will say that Islam is NOT a religion of peace and this is why this happened.  Still others will say it is George Bush's fault, Sarah Palin's fault, or the Tea Party's fault.

I will tell you enough already.

The battle lines have been drawn because of this verse.
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  Genesis 1:26

The war that is ongoing is to eradicate man.  Satan hates man.  Man is made in God's image after all.  We play into this battle each day.  In the instance of out and out murder, we can clearly discern its murder.  I mean the world is in outcry over the actions of the terrorists in France.  How dare they execute people for speech?

How dare a drunk murder an innocent family.
How dare a person murder another?

Well I will tell you how.  We humans ignore our Creator.  Yep.  That is the problem.  We fight for our personal creations.  We understand that we have the ability to create everything that is in our line of sight, including the copyrighted cartoons depicting Muhammad as nothing.  We have entire legal departments that protect a persons rights to invention, creation, or ideas.  Yet, many believe man evolved from nothing and God and His Creation are dismissed.

Life is precious.
Anyone that has lost a loved one understands this.  One more moment, one more day, and boy I would spend it with the one I miss so dearly.  When life ends it is over.  We cannot connect with them while we are alive.  Sadly many will go to mystics to connect with their loved ones all the while denying that God is the Creator.  False beliefs are sought while Truth is ignored.

All of this is Biblical.

Oh and life is very precious.  Those people that were gunned down were granted their life by their mothers...in spite of  what they wrote.  I have been granted life in spite of the imperfect life I have lead.  You as you are reading this, have been granted life.  We stand horrified at the sheer brutality of the extinction of those precious people murdered the other day.

BUT as a nation, by the end of each business day about 3000 babies are aborted.  Sigh.  I can almost hear the disgust of some reading this post.  It is not a life.  It is not viable.  It is a woman's choice.  It is legal.  These babies aren't wanted. These babies would have a horrible life if they were born to a woman that did not want them.

I say enough.  To the terrorist...those French people they executed were wanted.  To some, murdering another means nothing because it is legal (or acceptable).  Look at the public executions of adulterers, gays, lesbians, or even captured people in  Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.  I am not speaking about people who are executed because they have committed a crime.  I am speaking about people that are being murdered because in those nations life does not matter.

We are in a battle, whether one accepts it or not.  This battle is pretty simple.  The line is drawn then the rest of the time is spent conditioning you to move further and further from it until your foundation is crumbling because you lack Truth.  Jesus Christ said,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

May today be the day where you turn to Jesus Christ.  If you would like, Bill and I will send you a Bible and share how you can begin your journey living as our Father in heaven wishes you to live, in spite of what is going on in the world.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcome 2015!

My Fourth and her sweet Dad (aka-my sweetie pie)
I've been away from blogging for a bit...
I thought I better log on and share that all is well on the farm.   Here's the update from my time away:
My art class ended.  I loved it!
Second and his bride moved-with the help of the entire farm fam. 
Grandbaby's gender may be announced today!  Bill and I are pretty excited simply because a wee one is on the way!
Fourth has been working at her new job for three months and has really been enjoying it.
First came out yesterday and visited with me for a few hours.  I really enjoy the kids and the adults that they have become.
Third and his sweetie moved a few months ago and they enjoyed the New Year in their new home.

We celebrated Hanukkah once again and each year that we celebrate the Feast of Dedication we learn more about its significance for believers today. 

That's the  update...minus the little gem that the u does not work on my keyboard.  It took me a bit to realize I could copy the u, and then paste it when needed.  Not the best...yet it works.  I also have worked harder than ever to not need that silly letter.  It is not as easy as one would think!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The best of the photos are often the outtakes!

The time of the annual photos is more about reigning in the normal behavior which is of goofiness and laughter. I used to stress about taking the perfect photo.  Thanks to digital cameras I enjoy the outtakes as much as the perfect photo.
 
Sons:
They can laugh at anything.  They can find humor is everything.
Many times I forget what I am doing as I get pulled in to the 
moment of goofiness.

This photo is what I call a before photo.
You can see with Second (second from left)  and that he has almost
lost it.

And here you go...

Now with the girls you get smirks and half smiles.  It's not that 
they did not want to smile, it's that the three men stood behind me.

When I turned around I saw First, Second, and Third doing their 
best to make the girls lose it.  If you look at Fourth you can see her in
the middle of a shrug.  Time has passed and they may be older BUT they 
continue to do the same things!  
When I am older and look back upon the years, I will remember these times
and know when they were happening I knew they were indeed, the best of times.

Friday, November 28, 2014

File this in the unbelievable files

Thanksgiving is the time I take the annual photos of the kids.  I am certain that this is a time of endurance for them, but they suffer through it because of one word~Mom.  Only mom's can get away with certain things.  For that I am happy!

As I was uploading the photos, I noticed something that was pretty unbelievable and knew I had to post an old photo to then share a photo I snapped yesterday.


This is Third from 2010 when he was with friends paintballing. 
Can you see the heart on his mask?

 Well look at this photo from yesterday.
I was playing around with retro colors and when I switched it to sepia
I noticed something on Third!

Can you see the heart shadow?

Crazy!
Now for the rest of the story:
Third has a birthmark.
Yep, a birthmark.
Can you guess what shape it is?

Of course!
It's a heart!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Announcing Thanksgiving 2015 Guestlist...

Well...for sure there will be one extra seat at the table.  It will be a chair that seats a bit higher.
The guest will wear either something blue,

 
or something pink!!!

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all the farm visitors a Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be filled with family, friends, and love!

 
May you eat lots of pumpkin pies 

First in Afghanistan -middle right, celebrating Thanksgiving 2010

May you take a moment and remember those that are far from home
during Thanksgiving when you consider things you that you are thankful for.