"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, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Once again it is the

Sabbath.  After this past week, we really are looking forward to the Sabbath.

News and Letters from 1967

I received a box from my sister yesterday and since opening it I have been experiencing so many emotions.  The box and contents are from/about my parents and dates mostly from February 1967 until August 1967.  For those new to the blog, my dad was killed in Vietnam in April of 1967.

Here is the box and some of the contents including a newspaper article that accompanied the photo I have shared here on the blog, my dad's obituary and letters that dad had on him or in his personal effects when he died.  

I thought I would share a letter from my siblings to dad first.  You can see it on the bottom of the photo written in red marker.

Here is the letter.  My mom put together notes and things that the children had made.  
Cathy was 5, Liz and David 4, John 3, and Pete 2.

Aside from annotating things that it seems the kids told her, mom added nothing else.

This is from David.

From Cathy.

From Liz.

From John, and it seems Pete did not make anything for this letter.  It is dated March 21, 1967 and was 18 days before he was killed.  I think perhaps he may have received it about the time he died. Kind of a precious sweet thing to do for a daddy of five(soon six), to have little notes and letters from his wee ones.  As the farm blog is a journal of my life, I am going to be sharing more from the box as the days go by. A letter my mother wrote was read in Congress and I have the Congressional record with the letter in this box. 

This box is filled with items I have never seen including some photos of Dad. I am so amazed by what I am learning about my mother as she lived through the days before, during, and after dad's death.  I think a better word is humbled.  I hope in the following days as I share the contents of the box, I can reveal to the blogity world this woman.  She was truly a strong woman and of course I will share my dad and this time it will be from the words of those around him, including his commander, peers, and such. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday

 Second and Third~November 1993 Germany. 

Is the Bible Good for Women?

photo credit:blogging for books

First off, I must say compared to a recent read, this book was a breath of fresh air.  I found many parts of the book interesting.  I made several notes throughout the book and I will share first the parts that made me say wow, and then I will share a few things that I questioned. 

On page 11, in the introduction, the author, Wendy Alsup, establishes how she will use Bible. “The Bible is the best commentary on itself. (Alsup, 2017, p. 11)  I found this refreshing as we are some several thousand years down the road, and our interpretations are influenced by the times we are in.  The Bible is relevant for itself from the beginning to the end. 

Alsup references Genesis 1:26-27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. She then states, “Both genders were made to image God fully in the world (Alsup, 2017, p. 33)”.  I find this to be profound. 

The author takes us through many of the women in the Bible and how what they do and what importance they have including the women that were the first to be made aware of the news of the Resurrection of Christ. (Alsup, 2017, p. 41) For those that have never read the Bible, this book will allow you to see that women are not only respected in the Bible, but have great purpose.  

My problem with the book is that assumptions are written as declarative statements.  On the section titled Jesus and the Law, the story from John 8:3-11 is told.  For those unfamiliar with this story it is about the Pharisees bringing a woman to Jesus Christ that was caught in the very act of adultery.  They did this as a test.  They wanted to see what Jesus would do. He does not respond to them at first but writes something on the ground.  Then he stood and said (from the KJV) He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  The Pharisees left, beginning with the oldest then they all went away.  Wendy Alsup states “whatever protection Deuteronomy 22 was supposed to provide women, it had failed.  If her partner was married, it failed the wife of the man with whom she was caught as well as the adulterous woman herself, neither keeping her from the sin that harmed another family, nor `equitably punishing her male partner in the sin.” (Alsup, 2017, p. 111) Alsup then goes on with presumptions about the male as to his status was likely valued above hers.   

I must make this very clear, we cannot and should not try and plug our 21st century mindset into the mindset of God.  Deuteronomy 22 did not fail this woman as we are granted the freedom to choose to sin.  This woman chose to have an adulterous relationship as it is described as such and not rape.  Then if we simply read the scripture again we read that the woman was brought without the man as a test or to tempt Jesus into incorrectly interpreting scripture.  We do not know what was written on the ground but it is clear that what he wrote allowed the Pharisees starting with the eldest to know Christ was not gullible.  You see in Leviticus 20:10 it states, and the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adultery and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.   

If Christ did what he did when He was tempted by Satan in Matthew 4, then we know Christ used scripture to defeat those tempting Him.   If He wrote Leviticus 20:10 on the ground using the previous example from Matthew, then the Pharisees would have known that they themselves were caught trying to trick or test Christ.   You see, they did not bring the man although the adulterous couple were caught in the very act.  If the Pharisees try and condemn her without the man, they are breaking the law.  Therefore, Christ writes down something   to dispute the action, the Pharisees left, and Christ then tells the woman go, and sin no more. John 8:11. 

The title of the book will draw women to read it, and they will believe that the Old Testament and the law were detrimental for women and Christ fixed this.  I believe that this is completely wrong as Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  The law is still in place.  We have it as a measure. The New Covenant is detailed clearly in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and the law is now in our inward parts.  We cannot say the law is and failed women at the same time we say that Christ was for women, as He was for the law in fact, we are to walk as he walked and keep the commandments 1 John 2:3-6. 

Although I stated that compared to a previous book I had read, this book was a breath of fresh air.  I wish the author had used the Bible completely as her guide instead of preconceived notions about how the Bible treats women.  This could have illuminated to those seeking or those that have never read the Bible, that it is a powerful guide for our lives.  

I will say that I read Is the Bible Good for Women with my Bible at my side as well as the Blue Letter Bible website open as to figure out Bible versions etc., that were used.  I think that this is a good way to read any book that presents itself as a study help or guide to the Bible.   If you do not have a Bible or access to one I would not read this book until you do.  Feel free to click here for a free Bible.

Bibliography

Alsup, W. (2017). Is the Bible Good For Women. New York: Multnomah.


Disclaimer: with my thoughts about what Christ wrote.  I am in no means suggesting my thoughts are to be taken as what it means.  I just wanted to use the scripture: test/tempt and find another place Christ was tempted and show how he dealt with that temptation.  I take 2 Timothy 2:15 to heart. 

 Disclaimer:  I got a copy of this book for free through the Blogging for Books program.  The review and opinions here are my own and were not influenced by that fact.

Being spied on

not by the CIA but a critter is in the farm news today.  I began removing ceiling vents to either replace or paint.  The first vent I took down had footprints in it.  Let me be clear, there is no access from the inside of the house to the vents.
One of the kids suggested that I ask friends what critter made these tracks.
The same suggested that perhaps it was the mysterious chupacabra~lol.
I put the clothespin there for scale, but my first view
was this, as I was on the ladder very close to the vent. Ugh,
I did have a bit of a panic as to what could be up there and 
watching me.

The response was ringtail cat~overwhelmingly. 
photo credit wikipedia
  
photo credit Trileigh Tucker
After I found the above footprint image made by a ringtail cat
I agree.  I am hoping the little critter is gone now and that
my removing the vent scared it, but I am doubtful.

For the record the vent in question is just above the computer
desk.  Spying in the perfect location.  Sigh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Window

Two new chairs for the table I bought in hopes of grands (wink wink) when Third got married.  Bill said  that we should wait on buying the chairs until a little arrived.  I bought the chairs last Friday.  As time passes we will add a few more chairs, but for now two chairs for two grands.  They checked out the chairs this weekend and they are a hit!

Yum. 
I love Hatch enchilada sauce. 
I prefer the red sauce.  Bill likes both.
 

This is the only piece of furniture Bill and I have had in every single home we have lived in.  Bill made this in high school shop class.  It was first a TV stand when we had a 13 inch television. Now it is the shoe shelf and it has been a shoe shelf for about 20 years. I love that my Bill made this and cherish it to this day.

My bland but delicious shelf of goodies. 
Oatmeal, lentils, kamut berries, sunflower seeds, and peanuts.