"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

Monday, December 31, 2007

Farewell 2007 Hello 2008!

I always love seeing the New Year as a babe, ready to toddle off in life, because that is what the New Year can be for each and every one of us. Challenge yourself to be as a child and stay in the Word, jump up each day(even if figuratively) and seek His Word. Enact each book of the Bible, even if in your mind. Growing up seems to have taken upon a serious somber mood. I say no...be the child that the Lord sees you as.

Make yourself scripture flash cards to study. Memorize the regions listed in the Bible, memorize the books of the Bible in order. Get back in school like the child and be excited in study. Nothing you can do can prepare you better for the life ahead of you. Yes, I would love to learn to sew better, and things of that nature, but first and foremost I need to be in the Word.

So friends Happy New Year...Begin fresh and New in HIM!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Staying Home Part II

After my previous post, I realized that I needed a follow up post. I am an American, and a product of my environment. I too watch all the home and garden shows, and see all the ads for clothing, and makeup, and cars, and this and that, 24-7. I am human, and desire things like many of you. But Bill and I made a decision for me to stay home. Health permitting, this is how we will continue.

We have bills to pay just like all of you. We have expenses, and food costs, and 4 teenagers. Fortunately for us, one of the boys just got his braces off, so we only have 2 in braces!!Yay!But it is a fact of life here in the US...

And enough is never enough. But friends enough can be enough. You can really live within a budget that last year may not have seemed possible. Is it fun to live on a tight budget? It can be.
I think I am going to give a few tips today on my busy month of finally being able to move...sorry if you haven't seen me much. We are actually moving today until the tenth of January And folks the move is to a lesser home. It is larger but older and a manufactured home. Growing up in the Midwest this would be a no-no. Tornadoes etc. But out west that is not a concern. And we are trying to live a life on one income. This is not easy if we try and keep up with the world. But I know where my mansion is: John 14:2.

Now a few years ago finances were different. We were on the typical path that most are on, work, climb the corporate ladder so to speak and constantly make more money. That was a great plan, until Bill had a car accident. Now we live on 1/3 of what we did 3 years ago. And although I have shed some tears over the relearning to live within my means...and watching every penny...I am pleased that the Lord has been with us every step of the way.

Sometimes we try and solve our financial problems by throwing more money on the fire. Wait that does not show responsibility...just the tenacity to think that you will manage the extra money any better than you already have. So for my dear friends, I ask you all this, can you be more frugal? Can you be a better steward with the money and materials that God has entrusted to you?
These are just my thoughts as I contemplate and thank the Lord that I have been able to stay home.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Staying Home

My whole life I wished to be a mother. I would play with everything I had as a mother. As I write this I must give some background. My mother remarried when I was 3, and both my mother and my step father were very concerned with the children getting the best education that one could receive. Learning and the love of learning was instilled and for that I am grateful. But I grew up in the period of history for our country that is still causing harm. Women were shamed into thinking that a housewife and mother were second best, and the only place a woman should desire to be was in the workforce.

None of this fit my dreams. None of this met with what I had burning inside me. But I pursued the world as this was all I knew. I planned to be wealthy and high up, heck, maybe I would go into politics. Well those were my thoughts. I had only those to think on. My mother's mom was one of the first women social workers for the city of Toledo. My mother was a latch key child when very few children were, so I was instilled early to work. Although I realize now that my mother was a stay home mom.

Now imagine my first years of marriage. I felt as though I was not earning my keep, and that I was somehow a loser. Imagine that! I felt as though I was missing out on something. I felt like I was a disappointment to my husband. Oh how I wasted those years sulking instead of cherishing the tie I had. It took me a few years to come to realize that I was given a precious gift in times where many look down upon me. I was given my children and the opportunity to be their mom. No questions asked, I would be home, and be there 24-7. Some days when the kids were small I felt like all I did was change diapers and wash dishes upon demand. I sometimes would not get a chance to bathe until Bill came home, because I really immersed myself in mothering. It dawned on me that I was given an incredible chance to give my kids something that many of my children's peers will only wonder about.

So I have embraced being a mom. I have no idea as to the rules or the handbooks, but I have my own. I have treated my children with respect, but have earned theirs too. I have done my best to teach them, and to provide for them, and to ensure that they will focus first on the Lord, and then on the rest. I have prepared them for the debate that others have against home schooling(using Biblical examples) and also told them that to be unequally yoked will cause heartache and maybe even divorce.

But the thing I see that I have been startled by is the resurgence for women to stay home. I would have never guessed that this would occur and it makes my heart glad. But for those who are stay at home moms, remember this, you needed leave or have a "break" as society suggests. My sanity was in going for 4 hours 2 times a month to the grocery store. I made this my brainiac challenge, and have menus and recipes and all the tricks of the trade. I also chatted with the clerks and said hello to the older shoppers which would inevitably begin a conversation. I read as I held a baby falling off to sleep and kept my personal challenge of reading one book a day for nearly 18 years running. When Bill would come home I would bath and have luxurious time, just before dinner. I did not need to have a girls retreat or spend any additional family money to feel better.

That is another trap that society places on woman. As an older mom I myself always try to comment to a mom with several children under tow. I never had any extended family to sit for us, or give Bill and I a break so I do understand what it is like to converse with an adult. So in your journey in this life, take a few moments to smile and visit with a mom, and let them know that you are impressed in her.

Just a bit of trivia...we were always moving in Germany due to the drawdown(Clinton) and I was pregnant with my second son and we moved(so we knew no one). I went into labor and we hauled the first(2 years old) with us and Bill waited in the lobby until I needed him. An American woman had come over to be with her son and daughter-in-law for their child's birth, volunteered to sit with my oldest(who had fallen asleep in the lobby chairs) so Bill could be with me. Can you believe that? Somewhere in the world is a woman who in my heart is a honorary Grandmother for taking care of our son. And that Bill trusted her, I know that God placed her there for us.

Well have a wonderful day and to all you moms out there thank you!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Book Review

It is so important to have good input in, especially on our minds..I am reading this book Profiles in Evangelism, by Dr.Fred Barlow. This is a wonderful book by Sword of the Lord Publishers. There are 46 biographies of Christians and they are quick but very uplifting. For the home school parent, it gives a great launching to determine which Christian biographies to buy based on the lives they led. For example, while studying about India, you can read about Adoniram Judson who became a missionary in India. It took six years for the first convert. But what an amazing man. As a home school mom, I find that everything I teach needs to direct the children towards the Lord. The world will pull them away, but if their footing is solid all will be well. We are raising soldiers in the Lords army...that is what Bill says all the time.

Now I am going to cite an entire paragraph just so one can understand that this book is packed with power and yet very inexpensive.

No reference to his courage would be complete without the story of Saturday night in the Cumberland mountains. Unable to reach a Christian home, he had to spend the night and the Lord's day in a hotel where a drinking, dancing party was being held. He had asked for permission to preach but had been refused. Later, a beautiful young lady, learning he was a preacher, asked him for a dance. Sensing an opportunity to preach, Cartwright accompanied her to the floor. Suddenly he exclaimed that he never undertook any matter of importance without first asking the blessing of God upon it, and grasping her hand he cried out, "Let us all kneel on the floor and pray." And he did with "all his power of soul." The girl tried to break his grasp, the fiddler fled to the kitchen, some wept aloud, crying out for mercy. Then Cartwright arose, preached, led in some hymns, and the meeting continued nearly all night. The young lady was converted, a society was organized, and a revival broke in those mountains.

This was from the section about Peter Cartwright pages 60-63. How powerful is this? Many times we get(without meaning to) like the Pharisees...and are judgmental without realizing that the Lord will use all for Him. Peter Cartwright did not sit in his room putting on I am better than you airs, but allowed God to do what is needed.

This is why I recommend this book to everyone. It is a book of people willing to be used. Once someone asked me to describe myself as a Christian, and I wrote "I hope I am used." That should be all our goals. Used for the Kingdom.

Have a Sunday full of being used.