Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lots of duct tape...and a lesson in patience

Don’t ever ask the Lord to help you work on your patience…because he probably will!

I know from experience, as it seems I have been given many an opportunity to practice this fruit of the spirit lately.  The latest object of my testing...a cheep greenhouse.  It was advertised as “heavy duty” and the one customer review said it would hold up to 50+ wind gusts.  (Reeeeeally??!)

You probably know where this is going by now.

Well, maybe the 50+ wind gusts in Montana are different than the ones here in Washington.  Soon after we bought it, door zipper broke, the thin plastic joint connectors are snapping into pieces, the plastic is ripped, and the ½ diameter poles that the frame is constructed of have bent.  I wasn’t too disappointed (I wasn’t expecting it to be top-of-the-line or anything) until one night when part of it came down and knocked all of my tender seedlings into a big dirt mess on the ground. Sigh. 

I'm learning that patiently waiting always pays off.  Waiting on God's timing is difficult, but making rash desisions because you're anxious for something (like buying a greenhouse before I can afford a 'real' one) always leads to more grief and often requires more patience than it would have taken to just WAIT in the first place! 
Anyway, thank goodness for duct tape and that good old East Lewis County staple…tarps!

Monday, March 14, 2011

But am I qualified?

One of the lies that is so prevalent today is that unless you have a diploma, a degree, and experience with education, you are not capable, and most definitely not qualified to teach your own children.  This is a LIE that sprouts directly out of Socialism. 

You don't need a meaningless piece of paper to prove you are capable.  period.
(Or shall I say, you shouldn't be required to have this piece of paper.  In some liberal states like ours, the government has decided that you must have a college degree or go through classes before you're considered qualified.) 

What gives me more qualification to teach my children, than that they ARE MY CHILDREN???

I strongly believe that a mother who has brought up her kids in the fear and admonition of the Lord has greatly surpassed the school system in educating them, regardless of the qualifying papers she holds. 

“Process kids like sardines, and don’t be surprised when they come out oily and dead.”  J.T. Gatto The Underground History of American Education 

“Administration covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters can not penetrate, to rise above the crowd.
The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting; such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which Government is the shepherd.  ~Alexis De Tocqueville

This is exactly what the Public Schools are doing to a majority of American children.

God placed kids into families for a reason.  He knew that their ultimate needs are:

1. A leading father who is priest, phropet, protector, and provider for the family
2. A loving mother who is diligent in providing, teaching, nurturing, and taking care of their physical and spiritual health.  Both parents share in the role of bringing up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
3.  A home environment to shape their character, build their faith, protect them, encourage them, and strengthen them in their relationships with family and friends. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011


What is the purpose, why am I here,
What really matters,  what do I hold dear?

Sometimes life is clouded, the important brushed aside,
Walking blind though the day, we watch years quickly glide.

We do the same things, day in and day out,
With no more than a thought, without even a doubt.

We waste our time thinking of the things of this earth,
And don’t understand they hold nothing of worth.

We forget what we’re here for, confused with obsessions,
Distracted with life, and all of its attractions.

The only thing lasting, the souls He can save,
The life that continues even after the grave.

Yesterday’s gone, only memories left,
Will any part of it last beyond moths rust and theft?

Tomorrow’s not promised, so live every day
 In a loving and kind and forgiving way.

This day we’ve been given from our father above,
We have this one chance to live life with love.

Do your best to make the most of every opportunity,
So you have no regrets, work together in unity.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Growng plants and growing kids :-)

“If you want to produce a vigorous, healthy plant, you will not bring it up in a dark room; you will give it all the sunshine it will take.” 

“Human lives will never grow to their best in gloom.  Pour the sunshine about the in youth, let them be happy; encourage all innocent joy; provide pleasant games for them; romp and play with them; be a child again with them.  Your children will then grow up to be sunny-hearted, affectionate, gentle, and joyous themselves, and joy-bearers to the world.”  ~Homemaking J.R. Miller 

Wise parents should provide amusements and productive activities such as chores for children, because it will keep them from seeking pleasure elsewhere, and keep them out of trouble. 

If the home is a dark, serious, cheerless, dull place, why wouldn’t they rather spend time outside of it?  Spending time away from the family and among peers can be dangerous and damaging to children.  Parents who keep their children busy playing, learning and growing at home, among all age groups, are strengthening that relationship with their kids, and protecting them from the constant pressure of outside influences and peers.  I am not saying that your kids should never be allowed off the property without you tagging along.  No, that would be silly ;-)  But I am saying that your children are more likely to remain pure and protected if the majority of their time is spent at home, with the family. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Preview Those Books!

“Many a book that is bound in bright colors has stored within those covers the most deadly moral influences... In considering the influences in the home-life that leave deep and permanent impressions on character, thought must be given to the books and papers that are read.”  ~Homemaking J.R. Miller

 I believe that it is not only your character that is impacted one way or another though books, but also your very thoughts.  Consider this verse from Philipians 4:8 

 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”   Our thoughts are so important to the Lord, and filling my child’s mind with garbage through books would be to sin against God.

So what do we do?  Most stay-at-home moms don’t have the time to sit down and pre-read every book they give to their children.  Well, the best advice I can give you is to do your homework BEFORE you hand it to your kids to read.  There are countless reviews and websites where you can gain an adequate understanding of either the author and his/her beiefs, or an understanding of the content of the book itself.

Teach your kids God’s biblical standards, and train them to be discerning.  Talk to them about what they read, and ask them to tell you about anything they come across that doesn’t sound right to them.   

It is impossible to keep our children from reading and hearing things that we might like to keep them from.  We are living in the world, after all!  But we must do our best to protect them from impure thoughts by carefully picking and choosing what books and magazines find their way into little hands.