Sunday, July 31, 2011

Part 3: Loss of Femininity & Gain of Masculinity

In Part 1: The Woman Rebel, I talked about the history of when women of society started wearing men's pants and the motive or intent that stirred it - overthrowing man's headship.  In Part 2: Flaunting of the Vice Against Nature, I included a letter from 1960 that showed the danger of women wearing men's garments and what it has done to society.  In this part, we will start including scriptures to show God's clear distinction of the sexes.

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. ~Deu. 22:5

Cross-dressing is an abomination in the eyes of God. You should be able to tell the difference between genders - male and female. Satan is the one that wants to blur the lines, merge the genders and have men look like women and women look like men, mocking God's creation and distinction of the sexes. Will you be a willing instrument in Satan's hands to mock God? Do you like being mistaken for a man? If not, then why are you trying to look like one? Wouldn't you want to be as far away from looking like a man as possible?

I really like John Wesley's excellent commentary on the above verse:

Now this is forbidden, both for decency sake, that men might not confound those sexes which God hath distinguished, that all appearance of evil might be avoided, such change of garments carrying a manifest sign of effeminacy in the man, of arrogance in the woman, of lightness and petulancy in both; and also to cut off all suspicions and occasions of evil, which this practice opens a wide door to.

Men and women that confound the sexes which God hath distinguished are the norm today. I can't tell you how many times I've mistaken a woman for a man because of her masculine garments. It is so disturbing as well to WONDER just what gender someone is because some make it so you can't even tell without close inspection and then sometimes not even then! That is disgusting, abominable and shouldn't even be heard of among Christians. We should be distinct in dress as God has designed us to be separate genders, we should be ladies and be feminine and putting on a pair of pants only makes the wearer more masculine in look and behavior.

Pants on a woman not only signify an overthrow of man's headship, transgress God's distinction of the sexes but they also cling to the body of a woman immodestly. God commanded us as Christian women to be modest in our apparel and quite frankly splitting up your legs for all to see your *ahem* isn't portraying modesty. Also, most women wear tight pants for what purpose? It sure isn't comfort! You know what its for - its to arouse men, to get men to look at you and thus you just added lasciviousness to your plate of sin all over your choice of garment.

I was reading a book from the 70's on the induction of pant-wearing for women into society. The secular author noted that with the pant garment on a woman came a loss in her femininity and a gain in masculinity. The garment of the pants itself caused a woman to change her behavior, mannerisms and even activities to be more masculine than as before. WOW! Before I made the switch to dresses, I remember how even my behaviors/mannerisms were different when I wore pants. When I had pants on, I would sit differently, walk differently and felt more "loose" as it was - a bit of rebellion in masculinity if you will. When I would put on my dress for church (in the South where I was raised, it was a shame for a woman to walk in God's house in pants), I immediately was more ladylike and feminine. I didn't sit the way I did in pants, walked with more poise and comeliness and it felt more appropriate for a woman and I was just a sinner back then! When I became a Christian, one of the most notable things that my sisters said was that I was so feminine now.  God saved me all over!!

Most women today aren't aware they are in rebellion wearing men's pants because it is the "norm" now and so widely accepted.  Even Christians have erred in not knowing their Bible and understanding that although God does look on the inner man, he also counts the outer one important!  He taught us even about our hair distinctions between male and female in 1 Cor. 11 as it tells that even NATURE teaches us that a man with long hair is a shame!  It is a shame to look like a woman for a man or a woman to look like a man!  Hardly nothing is shameful to those in this perverted, ungodly, sin-filled society we live in today but there are those who will live holy unto the Lord and set the standard by God's Word!  I won't back down and put on a man's garment, I like looking like a woman!  I like being feminine and my husband sure 'nuff likes a feminine woman too!

To overthrow your master, your husband, and to usurp authority over men was the meaning of the age old phrase "Who wears the pants?"  Pants signified the headship of the man and now woman has those pants literally and has trampled on man's headship and she must deal with the consequences that this confusion has created in society!  I say: Give men the pants back!  Give them their jobs back and return home and we won't have the mess we have now!  Give them their identity back and men will return to being gentlemen and manly!  Quit acting, dressing, speaking and behaving like men!  Start looking like your gender for a change!  You won't be able to help the aurora that you portray when dressed like a woman in this society because it is so against the perverted norm that you will stand out.  What is wrong with a dress ladies!?  Why is it so repugnant to you to want to put one on?  What is really keeping you away from wearing them?  Are you afraid you will look like a lady?

Don't be deceived by those who trample on the grace of God by living a life of disobedience, who turn God's commands into advice and live any way they feel like.  Heed the Bible and God's order of headship and distinction of the sexes and return to the feminine woman God intended you to be.

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Part 2: Flaunting of the Vice Against Nature

This letter, written by a Catholic Cardinal, was so moving and true that I decided to dedicate an entire post to it in this series on women and pants.  A lot of what he said would happen once it became the norm for women to wear men's pants HAS happened!  What wisdom on the importance of distinction of the sexes.

The entire letter with translator's notes can be found here:
http://olrl.org/virtues/pants.shtml

Here are some amazing quotes from the letter that speak volumes of wisdom.  This Cardinal wrote this trying to stop the acceptance and/or tolerance of women wearing pants and warn on the dangers of allowing them to do so.

He tells how putting on man's pants changes the psychology of the woman:

"In truth, the motive impelling women to wear men's dress is always that of imitating, nay, of competing with, the man who is considered stronger, less tied down, more independent. This motivation shows clearly that male dress is the visible aid to bringing about a mental attitude of being "like a man."  Secondly, ever since men have been men, the clothing a person wears, demands, imposes and modifies that person's gestures, attitudes and behavior, such that from merely being worn outside, clothing comes to impose a particular frame of mind inside."

The next point he argues is one of the most disturbing as it is so prevalent now in our society:

"The essential basis of this attraction is a diversity between the two sexes which is made possible only by their complementing or completing one another. If then this "diversity" becomes less obvious because one of its major external signs is eliminated and because the normal psychological structure is weakened, what results is the alteration of a fundamental factor in the relationship.

And when the sense of shame is hindered from putting on the brakes, then relationships between man and women sink degradingly down to pure sensuality, devoid of all mutual respect or esteem."

Now that men can't look at a women as a lady but rather masculine in her clothing, and he can't see her femininity because her garment has even hindered her behavior as such - he has to just look at her like a sex object.  And thus, we have a society that instead of the normal attraction of difference is minimized, the spotlight is on the sexual which is only satisfying for a time.  If women want some R-E-S-P-E-C-T they need to earn it by acting like a woman!

He goes on to talk about how women wearing pants will even effect the children, just what kind of society will it produce (it has produced now):

"What will these women be able to give their children when they will so long have worn trousers that their self-esteem goes more by their competing with the men than by their functioning as women?"

"...wherever women wear men's dress, it is to be considered a factor in the long run tearing apart human order."

Truly, what he said in 1960 has happened - human order has been torn apart and no longer are women doing their roles.  No, they are acting like men in all aspects - dress, occupation, behavior, deportment, hair and rejection of motherhood.

Ladies, its not an issue of "free will" or rules and such, this is serious as you are dealing with changing God's distinction between male and female and overruling the teacher of nature God put inside of us.  As the translator put it:

"The enormous increase since 1960 in the practice and public flaunting of the vice against nature is surely to be attributed in part to this perversion of psychology."

What really matters or what are we trying to preserve by refraining from women wearing men's garments?

"What matters is to preserve modesty together with the eternal sense of femininity, that femininity which more than anything else all children will continue to associate with the face of their mother."

Do your children associate femininity with you?  When they think of you, their mother, does their mind fill with all the lovely ways you are a lady and feminine different from your husband?  Or do they not even understand the differences of femininity and masculinity because they've never even seen it in their own home!?

What kind of world was this pant-wearing woman going to bring?  Well, we are already there because its abnormal for women to wear dresses now - God help us!

"When we see a woman in trousers, we should think not so much of her as of all mankind, of what it will be when women will have masculinized themselves for good.  Nobody stands to gain by helping to bring about a future age of vagueness, ambiguity, imperfection and, in a word, monstrosities."

Nobody has gained from women wearing pants.  Now, that its acceptable and almost everyone is doing it - are you happy being so manly?  Are you happy about a world that doesn't even know what a family is or who marriage is for anymore?  Truly, those monstrosities warned of have arrived in America today and it all started with the woman.  The woman wanted to be free of man's headship and look at what her "freedom" has brought us to.

Part 3: Loss of Femininity & Gain of Masculinity

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Part 1: The Woman Rebel

I haven't blogged on this in a while but a question was brought up by a reader and so I felt the leading to answer it.  This isn't a personal conviction, this is God's design for a woman - to be feminine and distinct from the man.  It isn't up for debate and its sure to cause a stir because somehow this culture is so backwards that a woman in a skirt is offensive and "legalistic."  Ask yourself the question: "What stirs in you when you see a woman in a skirt, just what spirit is it?"  Truly Satan wants to BLUR the lines and make the genders - gender-less.  He wants to blur God's distinct separation of man and woman and even go so far as to say gender doesn't even matter anymore.  Oh, how far this ungodly world has become in issues of dress and how accepting even some Christians are to Satan's destruction of the distinction of the sexes.

Here is the question:

I need some advice I am a fairly new Christian (about 4 years) and recently the Lord has convicted me about the way I dress. As a young Christian lady (i am 16) I feel I need to represent Christ in every aspect of my life and with that being said I feel that I should no longer wear pants but I have had people tell me that there is no reason to stop wearing pants and that God does not care what I wear so I was wondering if you had any biblical advice about this matter!?!?!?

First of all, if the Lord is convicting you about it, you must act quickly!  Heeding God should be something we are doing more than heeding others.  Others will echo the world's reasoning - gender doesn't matter, we are 'free', God only looks at the inner you and on and on.  All of it is Satan's way of twisting scripture to justify their clear rejection of God's separation of the sexes.  A true child of God knows that when you get your heart right, the inner you, the outside becomes right as well - you dress right!  However, its more than that as you will soon read its really all about women's rebellion against man and God's order of headship.

Why and when did women start wearing men's pants, what was the motive that spurred it on?  Society as a whole was only accepting of women in dresses/skirts and abhorred women that chose to wear men's pants.  Very few women would be caught wearing them as it wasn't fit for a lady and wasn't morally appropriate.   However, there were rebellious women who wanted to break this moral code as there always is.  Women that wanted to be like a man and do what men did, women who in the name of supposed equality sought to overturn man's headship.  It started with women wanting to do what was called back then, "men's work."  They started working in the coal mines with pants, covering them up with their skirts and then rolling up their skirts when they started working.  In a time when men were gentlemen and women were ladies, there was pure disgust for such women.  With the first World War came women taking over men's jobs and ridding themselves of their dresses to do men's work. 

Overthrowing man's headship as set up by God in pure rebellion is what spurred women to wear men's pants.  They didn't want there to be any distinction between the sexes, any power over them by a mere man, these women wanted to be just like a man and thus they did what men do - started working outside of the home, cut their hair like a man and put on men's pants.  The world was going to have to accept them and by the 70's they did.  Feminists decried their roles and encouraged women everywhere to be loosed from the power of the man.  What was really at work in the spiritual realm was Satan tearing down everything God designed.  Satan tearing down man's headship by getting women to rise above and trample on the headship of man.

Notice this publication from 1855 on "Who Wears the Pants?"  The inscriptions are: The man on the left says to his friend, "Fight courageous for sovereign authority, neighbor; or your wife'll do to you as mine has done to me--she'll pull your hair off your head and compel you to wear a wig!" The little boy is saying, "Oh, Mamma, please leave my Papa his pants!" The other man states that he would "rather die than let my wife have my pants. A man ought always to be the ruler." The little girl says, "Oh Pa! Let go, be gallant, or you'll tear'em!" The woman pulling on the pants says, "Sam 'y help me! Woman is born to rule and not to obey those contemptible creatures called men!" The woman on the right cheers, "Bravo Sarah! Stick to them, it is only us which ought to rule and to whom the pants fit the best." Above these people is depicted the demon of "discord."



Margarat Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wrote in 1914 the first issue of the newspaper entitled so well fitting for revolution of new women "The Woman Rebel; No Gods No Masters."  She encouraged prostitution, called motherhood slavery and pushed for birth control for all.  She knew what she was and those that followed - rebels - women bent on rebellion that soon did away with the power of the man.  What 3 things did women rebel in during this time - motherhood, homekeeping and women's garments.  Notice how it is today - birth control, women working and wearing pants is common and accepted.  Defying God's design of the women for bearing children, guiding the house and being feminine and distinct from man.  Satan blurring God's distinctions and it all started with a woman just like Eve - pure rebellion.

By the 1970's it was widely accepted for women wearing pants and so was the promotion of breaking out of the home and getting a man's job and the prevention of children and the invention of daycare centers.  The new "woman" was on the scene - bold, in-your-face, demanding to be equal to men in all ways and thus becoming more masculine proving her defiance of God's roles and design.

Did you know that California did not allow women to wear pants to work?  True!  Until the ruling in January 1995, women were barred from wearing pants in the workplace but the legislature banned that rule and now women everywhere have the 'freedom' to put on men's pants.  Now women can be just as manly as men by working on the job, defying the role of the homekeeper, rejecting motherhood by either abortificient use and/or abortion, cutting their hair off to rebel against their husband's headship and defying clothing that signifies femininity by wearing men's pants


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

How I've Saved Money

I wanted to write up a post, mainly for myself but for others as well, on how I've saved money throughout this year and a half of transition and my future plans as well.

In the beginning it seemed so expensive buying organic products.  However, now I've learned its cheaper to make most of it myself.  Here is what I've cut out of my budget and made homemade that has saved me loads:

  • Bread - there is nothing like fresh homemade bread!  There are no preservatives, no HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) or chemicals in our bread.  It is more satisfying than store-bought bread and we get fuller on one sandwich than we ever did with store-bought.
  • Tortillas - wheat and corn; If you haven't had a homemade corn tortilla then you are missing out!  Just masa flour and water and the taste is unbelievable and they go like crazy around here.  Look at the costs of organic wheat/flour or corn tortillas - talk about ridiculous!
  • Pancakes - organic, whole wheat pancakes that taste good and are cheap is what makes making homemade worthwhile.  You can easily make a month's worth and freeze them in baggies of 2 for a quick breakfast or snack.
  • Oatmeal - how hard is it really to put 1/2 cup oats, 1c water with a sprinkle of salt and cinnamon in a bowl and heat?  Very easy breakfast and cheap!  I've found if I put a whole banana in my daughter's oatmeal, she doesn't even need sugar.  Add applesauce to it for a cinnamon/apple oatmeal and on and on....
  • Pizza - we normally just do cheese pizzas and are satisfied with that but every now and then I may throw in some toppings but we love it plain too.  Each slice of my homemade pizza has about 5-6g of fiber and you just can't get that with most frozen or pizza shop pizzas!  It fills you up on just a slice or two so one pizza feeds my family of 3 with leftovers!   I also only need 1/4 of a 2 pound slab of mozzarella cheese to cover the pizza - so one block makes a month of pizza!
  • Snacks - everything from cookies, muffins, scones, bagels, granola bars to all kinds of goodies are much cheaper to make homemade than buying the organic varieties!  
  • Sauces - making homemade organic spaghetti and pizza sauces is much cheaper, not to mention it tastes better too.  Making it only 4 times a year (every 3 months) and freezing them is a time-saver too.  
  • Condensed Soups - I hated recipes that called for those nasty cans of condensed soup, that is until I found out I could make my own! I know only make my own and its so much more delicious and healthier!
  • Ketchup & BBQ sauce - it is so cheap to make your own ketchup and BBQ sauce and it doesn't have HFCS when its homemade!  It also freezes well and you can make a huge batch twice a year.
  • Salsa - this has been my most recent addition and WOW is the taste better and the cost dramatically cheaper than organic store-bought salsa!  To think I could have been making it this whole time but glad that I found it freezes well, so now I can make it 4 times a year along with my sauces.
  • Jam - making your own organic strawberry jam for the freezer is a money-saver!  If you make it twice when strawberries are in season, you will have enough for a year but you can also make it from frozen strawberries.  
  • Hummus - we have enough beans and tahini to make hummus for a year or more!  Seeing how we were spending about $3-4 for a small tub and it wasn't even organic, we are going to save a lot of money making it homemade and its organic!

My garden was a trial-run this year but I'm settled on doing it now because not only how cheap it is to buy seeds/plants but also how good it tastes.  I only bought organic seeds and plants.

  • Carrots - this is our big savings!  We would buy 2 or 3 bags of carrots each month as we love carrots with hummus.  I would pay on sale about $1.50 per bag for organic but most of the time it wasn't on sale and I paid more than that. So for a month it was anywhere from $4.50-$7.00.  For just $1.99, I got a packet of organic carrot seeds (enough to last an entire season with more for next year).  2 plantings so far gives us 44 carrots and we have loads of seeds left that we are planting every 2 weeks until fall frost for a continuous supply of carrots!  I no longer have to pick up a bag of carrots on my shopping trip.  $2 for enough carrots to last us the whole spring/summer and some of fall for 2 years is just amazing!
  • Onions - I got 90 onions for around $3 I think it was in spring.  Since you can pick onions anytime throughout their 3-4 month growing period - I have a constant supply now.  If I need an onion, I go pick one and use it!  How amazing is that?
  • Sugar Snap Peas - have you ever bought these organic in the store?  For a small bag you pay about $3-4!  For $1.99 I got enough seeds to last me 3-4 years.  We planted 18 seeds in May and we are still eating them everyday!  We get a nice sized bowlful every week or a handful daily.  My daughter doesn't like the store-bought, but she has eaten loads of our home-grown ones! 
  • Broccoli - we already used up our spring harvest but will have more for fall.  For $1 a plant, we had 4 large heads with lots of side heads.
  • Spinach - another $1.99 packet that will last us 3-4 years!  We had a bowlful of spinach every week with just a few seeds!  This is another spring and fall crop, so we anxiously await planting the fall crop for more spinach.
  • Mustard Greens and Kale - for a huge head of either from one seed why would you buy it in the store?  Another $1.99 for a packet of seeds of each to last 3-4 years.  $2 for that many years of produce - is anyone following me here? LOL
  • Strawberries - for just $10 I bought 24 organic strawberry plants and watched them grow like crazy.  I now have a mini-strawberry patch with strawberries to eat weekly.  They will produce for 3 years!
  • Tomatoes and Peppers - I recently planted tomato and pepper plants and checked them today and I already have a new tomato!  I paid just $1 per plant that will yield me a continuous harvest through the end of summer.  We also have 2 peppers growing already as well.

Outside of food-related savings, I also save in other items for the home:

  • Laundry Detergent - I've been making my own laundry detergent since 2006, so for almost 6 years now! I only make it 4 times a year for just $10 a year!  I do however use a cheap detergent for my delicates but may try homemade delicate detergent that is made with Zote soap soon.
  • Liquid Hand Soap - For $1 I get enough soap for 3 months - that is just $4 a year for hand soap in our house!  I've been making my own liquid hand soap for 4 years now and still love it!
  • All-Purpose Cleaner - my all-purpose homemade cleaner is one of my best money-savers.  I remember those days years ago when I would buy all kinds of cleaners, but those days are gone!  I clean my bathrooms, kitchen, outdoor furniture and anything else that needs cleaning with this cleaner.
  • Torn-up t-shirts - instead of throwing away hubby's old t-shirts, I simply cut out the arms and throw those in the trash and use the rest for dusting rags!  
  • Plastic store bags - I save them and use them for our small trash cans throughout the house and change them weekly.
  • Paper store bags - one of the stores we shop monthly has these and we re-use them for many things: bringing in produce from the garden, crafts, cover for spray painting to protect yard or deck, etc.
  • Refilling Ink Cartridges - we save our empty printer cartridges and get them refilled twice a year.  This has saved us a lot of money as I print a lot for homeschool purposes.
  • Reusing Glass Jars, Cans & Containers - I have so many glass jars in use right now that were given to me or those I saved myself.  Everything from sugar for coffee to seasonings are stored in these.  I also save cans for crafts or pencil holders and other containers for my hand soap or other uses.  

Future plans on saving money:

  • Composting - this is something we want to start doing since we will need compost for our garden every spring.
  • Re-using Ziploc bags - I want to purchase the bag-dryer I've seen others use and start washing out my bags and letting them dry since I use SO many every freezer-cooking cycle!
  • More Gardening - next year I plan on being more organized with my garden and never having a square empty!  I plan on planting radishes, garlic, potatoes and more and having continous supplies of our most-used produce. 
  • Herb Garden - I went to purchase some herbs but couldn't find any organic, so I plan on making my own herb garden next spring from seed.  Then, I will be able to make up my own spice blends!
  • Sewing Clothes - by next year I plan on being able to make my daughter's clothing and then eventually some of mine!  I've been able to make her a skirt and curtains for my kitchen but come winter, I plan on getting back to it more intensely.

I feel like I'm forgetting some things, so I may update this post from time to time!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Garden: Tomato and Pepper Plants

I finally decided to plant some summer crops since we have a day or two of summer lately lol.  I hope they make it and I just couldn't pass them up being organic for only $1 each!  If you look close you can already see a tomato on the German Striped plant and then a pepper on the Anaheim Chili pepper plant.  I also planted 32 carrots today (not shown) and then will plant more seeds for other things this week.  I want to be better organized next season and also hope the weather cooperates more as well.





Here is what I planted today:

4 Tomato Plants: 2 German Striped, 1 Black Krim and 1 Big Rainbow Tomato
2 Pepper Plants: 1 Anaheim Chili Pepper and 1 Jalapa Hot Pepper

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hours You Spend Online Daily Poll

Please take my poll on the right sidebar answering the question about how many hours you spend online daily.  I plan on using the results in an upcoming post, so please take time to honestly check the appropriate selection, thanks so much!

*Total time daily should include anything you do online, from banking to email to social networking.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

God's View On Children


The chart above doesn't even include those abortions through birth control devices.

I've lost a lot of readers on the topic of children but then I have had numerous people almost cry on me in gratefulness for what I've said about birth control and children.  It has encouraged them to know they weren't the only ones and I'm here to tell you today that even God is on our side!

Ignore those that despise children because God never did and still doesn't.  God set them up as divine blessings.  One thing as a woman you should desire is for God to bless your womb.  See, I don't choose my examples and mirror my life after women today.  If I did, I would have never had my womb miraculously opened and the blessing of my dear sweet, Katie.  I rather choose the women of the Bible, to which God Himself placed as fine examples of Godly women.  Women that cried over barren wombs and prayed for more children.  Women whose lives were given to their homes, husbands and children.  Women that had their mind on the right things, not things of this world and all its riches that will be burned up.

Children are the only thing that you will be given that you can take to Heaven with you.  The house, car and all your gadgets won't make it, but your children will if you train them right and live a life before them!  So knowing all this - which should a woman of God desire the most?

Let's review God's view on children and see if it fits your view:

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.  Psalm 127:3-5

Society wants to tell you that you will be happy with your quiver empty of them and to be full of self and kill God's blessings with abortifacients. People spend their whole lives searching for happiness and then there is the rest of us who live it each day with God's prescription for happiness, our children or those we have adopted as ours.

To the statement that I hear so often about not having children in these "hard" times, notice what God told the Israelites to do in one of their "hardest" times:

Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. Jeremiah 29:6

God told them to have children! I'm sure some were using man's wisdom at that time saying you shouldn't have children in these hard times, but God commanded them otherwise.

The following quote is from Voddie Bauchman on the dangers of playing God:

Many people who prevent pregnancy today and plan on just “getting back around to it” some other time are in danger of, “tempting the Lord their God.” (Matt 4:7; cf. Deut. 6:16) Getting pregnant is not a guarantee. There are plenty of people out there who cry themselves to sleep at night because they’ve been trying for years and God has not opened the womb. People who put pregnancy off until a “more appropriate time” need to bear this in mind. You don’t know when (or if) you will get pregnant. As such, it is quite presumptuous to put it off until you decide you’re ready. Remember, God is the author of life, and every child is a blessing. Besides, who’s going to fix our ethical, spiritual, economic, and political crisis in the next generation if those of us who know the answer (the gospel) shut it down and stop launching arrows simply because they may require a little financial sacrifice in the short run?

Whose view do you hold?

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Seattle Vacation Trip

We went to Seattle today and went to the Space Needle and ate at the Sky City restaurant up almost on top and then we went to Pike Place's market and the waterfront.  It was an awesome day!


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Garden Update

It's been a while since I've done a garden post but to update you a bit we have had an abundance of sugar snap peas DAILY!  We get about a full handful or small bowl full everyday, it really is amazing.  Then the lettuce was 2 weeks past due for harvest so I finally pulled it all.  The carrots are done as well, so we are pulling a few when we plan on eating them and WOW are they so good!  The onions have until mid-August but you can pick them anytime and we picked one yesterday morning for the omelets and again......oh so good!  Nothing compares to fresh-garden produce, the taste is just unbelievable.  I haven't gotten around to planting my summer crops - so not sure if I will next week or not.  I may just wait till fall crop planting to do broccoli again and a few more things.

I can't do the garden lettuce!  There were way too many slugs in there for me to want to eat it, luckily the grandparents don't mind but I sure do lol.  I don't think I will grow it again - I would rather keep paying the $5 for the bucket of organic lettuce already washed and free of bugs LOL.  Just check out the mother of all slugs we found under the lettuce in the photo slideshow!  Then imagine all kinds of tiny ones throughout the lettuce leaves - if I hadn't had seen them........well, too late now.


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

We took my husband's family to see Mt. Rainier today.  We only saw part of the mountain as it was cloudy but we had a blast!  I haven't been up to Mt. Rainier in 4 years and we were so glad they replaced the old visitor's center at Paradise with the new one!  It was nice and Katie got to get a night sky junior ranger book and some guides of flowers and plants that grow in our region for our nature walks.  We ate at Copper Creek Inn's restaurant on the way out and it was SO good, you have to try their blackberry butter with homemade fresh bread and then also the blackberry pie is amazing.




The day started out with Grandpa making his world-famous omelets!  No joke, they are the best we have ever had it was one thing I was looking forward to having this trip.  I had mine with swiss and cheddar cheeses, mushrooms and peppers.  You can see the array of choices he laid out, it was awesome!



I forgot to add in this photo of a momma and baby dear by the road.


We saw a lot of dear all through the park, they were out eating on the roadsides.  We also saw a very furry fox, stellar blue jay and other birds and beautiful wildflowers in all different colors - pink, blue, purple and coral red.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What Should Government Schools Teach?

You hear a lot of complaining about government-run public schools and what they teach and don't teach.  I want to pose the question: "What should government schools teach?"  To answer the question, being informed of its beginnings and current history will help.

You might be surprised to learn that parents educated their children in the beginning, yes they were homeschooled before this entitlement program, public school, came along.  Somehow, homeschooled children were able to establish this country and even be President of our country as our first President, George Washington and many others after that.  Then grammar schools began, schooling only boys and parents paid for their child to attend.  For those that were too poor to pay or orphans, the local church took care of them.  Several grammar schools and colleges were run by ministers in the beginning.  Then there were girls schools and then came John Dewey.

John Dewey was skilled in knowing the mind.  He knew that if you could get the mind of children and form it, you could have the nation.  He didn't view schools as just a place to learn education but rather a place to learn how to live.  He was a humanist and a signer of the Humanist Manifesto.   A man who knew if you could have the mind of a child when they are most alert in the day to form and mold them, you could mold public opinion.

Notice that a man often called the "Father of Public Education," Horace Mann was another skilled in the mind and helped shape our nation's education system.  Notice his goal in his quote below:

"We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause."

He must have been laughing inside or grinning widely when he said that.  Parents so gullible that they won't see the true purpose of the government in training their children.  Today, we have a generation of "socialized" public school graduates who vote in Presidents like Obama and are government-dependent.  A generation formed by secularism, humanism and godlessness has produced a new America - one that is dumb-downed, godless and utterly dependent on government.

So, tell me, what should a government-run public school teach other than atheism, diversity, homosexualism, and a socialistic dependency?  That is what they are teaching and will continue teach and we shouldn't expect any different.  After all, they aren't schools run by God, so why would Christians get upset that they are teaching the things they are?

John Dewey was intelligent and we can see that what he said would happen HAS happened, he wanted to make this nation no longer a Faith-based nation but rather one that is hostile against it:
"Here are all the elements for a religious faith that shall not be confined to sect, class, or race......
"Such a faith has always been the common faith of mankind. It remains for us to make it explicit and militant."
You can read more on John Dewey's hate for God and now-accomplished control over the nation's children here:

Thank God we have a choice and we can homeschool our children or put them in private schools that teach morality and count God as relevant to the molding of children's minds.  We don't have to succumb to letting our children's mind be formed in their most-alert hours of the day with everything but God.  We can train them up in the way they should go and form their minds in God's Word and His history and His science and His family order and gender.  Thank God for freedom!

Even though we are forced to pay for these contrary things with our taxes, rest assured you don't have to worry when you hear news of what is being taught.  Praise God we aren't forced to sit our children under false teaching but we have free choice!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Nutrition Facts for Homemade Food

I've been wanting to do this for a long time and started today counting up the nutrition facts in my homemade products.  The bread is one I've been wondering about and now that I know what one slice has in it, I can plan my meals better and probably see some weight loss in my food area.  I was amazed that my bread had 100 calories a slice, even though that is average, I thought it would be less but I know it is healthier than store-bought. It does pack in almost 3 grams of fiber a slice, so that is awesome!  I didn't count the sodium as you don't have to worry much about that in homemade products unless you use crazy amounts of salt.  ;-)

Whole Wheat Bread
20 slices per loaf

1 slice contains:
100 calories
2.2g fat
18 carbohydrates
2.5g fiber
3.2g protein
3g sugar

I plan on figuring the nutrition facts for everything I make and will update the recipes as I go.

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Update on Mediterranean Diet


We have mostly been eating the Mediterranean diet now for a few months.  We love it!  I think this is the way we want to continue eating because we feel better, have more energy and its cheap.  I've found that I no longer need coffee - is this amazing or what?  The past few weeks I've been drinking less and less coffee and the past week it has been making me sick and I can't even finish a cup of it!  Today, I had none and I feel awesome and I don't plan on drinking it again.

Did the diet help with my energy?  I don't know but I like how the food makes me feel.  We still struggle with our junk-food habit every so often but its nothing as before.  We eat meatless meals Monday-Friday and then eat meat on the weekends.  You will be amazed at how good the meat actually tastes after you have gone 5 days without any! Not only does it taste better, it is more enjoyable.

I've been experimenting with different snacks and recipes and found that my family loves homemade corn tortillas made with masa harina.  It is so easy to make them and the taste is unbelievable.  I also made a pinto bean filling for the tortillas but it also works great as a dip.  We enjoy hummus, which is olive oil, garlic and garbanzo beans basically - an awesome Mediterranean snack.

I use olive oil in just about everything - meals, bread, pizza, snacks, etc.  I just think the benefits are too incredible to use any other and we love the taste.  Then we like beans, pasta and meatless mexican dishes so going meatless for 5 days is not a struggle for us.  I also like having either lasagna with grass-fed beef on the weekend or chicken divan, we really don't see a reason to try any other dishes.  Other than eating out, we only eat red meat twice a month and if I crave a hamburger any other time, I go get one and really enjoy it!

Simply eating and enjoying the taste of food is almost unheard of in this American fast-food culture, but truly enjoying the Mediterranean way of eating has brought on a love and enjoyment of food again.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Katie's First Piano Songs Video

Katie is beginning piano lessons in 2 weeks, along with violin lessons, so I wanted to start documenting her journey in learning to play both instruments. She loves Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and that is also my favorite one to hear her play. I did a few short clips of her playing some of these short songs:


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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!


Thank you God for our country and our freedom! Here are some great quotes from the men who made this day, July 4th, one of true independence and the start of the greatest nation on earth. Notice that these men upheld the true living God, the God of the Bible:

John Adams:
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

Thomas Jefferson:
"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."

John Hancock:
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."

Samuel Adams:
"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace."

James Madison:
"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

John Quincy Adams:
"The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made 'bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God' (Isaiah 52:10)."

These are only a FEW of the many, many quotes from those who were a part of the founding of our great nation!  This is the TRUE America - an America that was founded for the purpose of Christianity and freedom in Christ.  In God we trust - One nation under God - God Bless America!

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Educational Freedom

This is a must read for every parent!  It is so well written and the truth!  Here are some quotes:

Obviously, back in the early days of the republic, education was a family affair closely connected to religious practice. A nation built on Biblical principles had to be a highly literate one. And all of this high level of literacy was achieved without any government involvement, without any centralized bureaucracy, without any professors of education, or accrediting agencies, or teacher certification. And, most significantly, without any compulsory attendance laws.

Another:

These laws not only violate the parents' unalienable right to determine how their children are to be educated, but they violate the 13th Amendment, which prohibits involuntary servitude. No child should be forced to serve the state and the interests of the education establishment. No child should be forced to undergo brainwashing and indoctrination by a self-serving monopoly of facilitators and change agents.

Go here to read the rest - share it, pass it on:
http://www.thenewamerican.com/opinion/sam-blumenfeld/8087-the-meaning-of-educational-freedom

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Holy Ghost Revival Song

This song has been around for a while but we just found it the other day and love it! This is what our country needs the most!!


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Giving Heed To......

How would you finish the above title?  Just what are you giving heed to in your life?  This is a question we should always ask as we constantly examine ourselves before the Lord.  Heeding is basically paying attention to, adhering to, or as one definition says it is holding your mind towards.  You can give heed to two things - God or satan.  Sometimes you can think you are heeding God but in reality you are heeding satan because you allowed your senses to become dull to right and wrong.  You stepped into the gray areas and remained there for so long that you no longer think the black areas are so black anymore.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; ~ 1 Timothy 4:1-2

Notice that it will be, or is now, common for some to depart the faith.  Somewhere along the way, they heeded the wrong voice.  They started inclining their ear to satan's minions and started to "see" things a different way.  They allowed themselves to let these spirits overtake their mind and thus, thoughts were formed and suddenly, they have an 'awakening' and depart the faith.  The instruments of satan, these seducing spirits, do well at speaking lies, but behind the curtain they are full of evil; hypocrisy.  Long ago, they got tired of hearing holiness preaching, the gospel became dull to them and then everything around them started looking ok, no longer gray areas, no longer erring on the side of safety - they worked their way to the opposite end of the spectrum and are now calling what is good, evil and what is evil, good.  Sadly, these false prophets, teachers, bloggers - are trying to take others down their path to "freedom."  Is it really freedom?

Since when is freedom a life full of hate rhetoric, bitter-laden slanders, gossip and endless questions?  Since you left the true freedom of Christ.  God gives His children this awesome love that can overlook a brother or sister's wrongdoings.  Somehow, what Billy Bob did 15 years ago - stays back there and you treat each other as nothing ever happened.  Sister Big-Moutha is now Sister Love-Mucha, because she realized that love covers a MULTITUDE of sin!  Love doesn't keep a list (or a blog!) full of wrongs others have done.  Love doesn't gather together to talk about a group of believers that are trying to live holy!  That ain't love!  What are you giving heed to?

I've been showed some awesome love over the years by the men and women of God in my church.  At times, they could have wrote up a blog on me and what I did wrong, but the love of God that was within these honorable men, rather sought to see my restoration.  Sure, we have had disagreements and I have differing opinions on certain things but the great part is - we agree on the Bible!  The doctrine is pure, the preaching is hot and the Spirit is in agreement that these men are true.  I'm in this with my faithful brothers and sisters till the end and I'm loyal to the goal; the mission; the cause; the saving of souls and lifting up of Jesus!  We are of one mind, one accord and strive to dwell together in unity.  Satan tries to destroy that at times, but those left standing are the ones who shall not be moved, they won't waver - they have been tried and tested and found faithful!

I remember a time in my life that I was giving heed to seducing spirits - yes, I've been there.  However, I realized it was because I was heeding lies out of the devil's trough and it marred my perception.  I started questioning everything, doubting others, and satan almost had me but God kept me!!  I looked out my window that day, and asked God if this church was real, true and was it His church?  I still get chills when I think of how the Holy Spirit filled that room at that moment and without the shadow of a doubt, I knew it was!  Many times, I've received this same confirmation in my times of struggle and God has always told me we are where he wants us.  I decided to give heed to GOD and men, who by their lives, have proved faithful and holy before the Lord.

Notice that Paul told Timothy what was to come and he exhorted him:

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.  But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. ~1 Timothy 4:6-7

I'm thankful that my Pastor does the above verses - he puts us in remembrance of these things, he guards the sheep and points us towards heeding Christ and for that I stand faithful today!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Celebrating Independence Day


Every year, most Americans celebrate the 4th of July or Independence Day with family and friends and fireworks.  How many actually realize what they are celebrating?  I try and make it a point to let Katie know why we are celebrating every Independence Day.  A refresher of sorts.  This 4th, she is a bit older and better able to understand so we are doing more.  Below are some of the things we plan on doing together as a family with links:

  1. Learning the history of Independence Day
  2. Reading the Declaration of Independence 
  3. Reviewing Lapbook on the topic
  4. Worksheets on the symbols, flags, etc.
  5. Singing (learning for her) patriotic songs
  6. Celebrating - rejoicing in our freedom in the USA!

If anyone has anymore links, please share.  I'm especially looking for a Christian-view of American history for a separate study this coming year.

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