"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.

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.