January 2009


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The Simple Woman

 January 26, 2009

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this morning from my window . . .
full of hope for the week

i am remembering . . .
archery tournament, women gathered, CVS run, a friend’s Ordination and Installation – the Lord was so honored by the praise and worship!
A glorious beginning to the week!

i am thankful  . . .
a new day, a new week, God’s Word

from the kitchen . . .
7-grain oatmeal, menu planning for our daughter’s weekend visit with friends

I am thinking . . .
great sadness that so many people place the responsibility for their livelihood on President Obama which reveals: a sincere depth of despair, a country who does not know the Lord, humanity lost with misdirected hope.

around the learning rooms . . .
dry erase board in the kitchen for Saxon math, piano books strewn, a copy of the Declaration of Independence to examine, Notes on Animal Farm; analyzing the Inaugural Speech – King’s Speech – Old Major’s Speech

I am reading . . .
Animal Farm  George Orwell

my favorite things . . .
unscheduled time

a few plans for the rest of the week . . .
updating the grocery excel sheet, menu planning, finish painting daughter’s furniture and fireplace in her room, Southern Living work, Bible study, cleaning

studying a verse of Scripture. . .
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”  Revelation 22:12

 Here is a picture thought I am sharing {dreaming of summer!} . . .

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simple-home2A Wise Woman Builds Her Home says this:

We may feel that examples of true biblical femininity are virtually non existent but it is the privilege of our generation to purposefully and deliberately pioneer and bestow this example on the world around us.

We must lead the way for millions of young and older Christian women who need to see the example of what a godly woman looks like, understanding that many generations will be impacted by our firm decision to be steadfast in God’s calling to be such. We cannot shrink back, we cannot be ashamed, we cannot be fearful….for this is the battleground and we will not be an army that retreats but we will defend the Truth and advance for His kingdom.

We must choose today to take back what has been stolen from us–

to replace the lies with the Truth,

to rebuild our marriages,

to take back our children,

to restore our homes ,

to renew a nation that desperately needs godly womanhood

to reform the culture around us

for as we do so,

we understand,

we are ultimately…

reviving and reconciling a dying and lost world to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And the impact of that thought alone—renders me speechless

Read the entire article: Pioneering Biblical Feminisim in a Post-Christian Culture

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home  has some incredible posts on the lies of Feminism

it distorts a woman’s focus.

it destroys her family.

it dishonors God.

Which lie do you ‘secretly’ worship?

. . . the heart of the issue and expose some of the many and greatest lies of feminism. As you read through this list, honestly ask yourself which of these lies you may have believed in the past or present in some form or another.

Shall we begin? (drumroll)

1. I have my rights.

2. I can have it all.

3. I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings.

4. A career outside the home is more valuable and fulfilling than being a wife and mother.

5. It’s all about me.

6. If my husband is passive I need to lead.

7. If I submit, I’ll be miserable.

8. I have to have ________ to make me happy.

9. Children are a hindrance and a burden.

10. Women are smarter than men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Being Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President

That is the title of a sermon I preached January 17, 1993, three days before Bill Clinton was inaugurated president. It is just as relevant—or more—today.

The text was 1 Peter 2:17, “Honor the king.” I closed with eight ways to honor a pro-choice president. The seventh was this:

We will honor you by expecting from you straightforward answers to straightforward questions. We would not expect this from a con-man, but we do expect it from an honorable man.

For example,

  1. Are you willing to explain why a baby’s right not to be killed is less important than a woman’s right not to be pregnant?
  2. Or are you willing to explain why most cities have laws forbidding cruelty to animals, but you oppose laws forbidding cruelty to human fetuses? Are they not at least living animals?
  3. Or are you willing to explain why government is unwilling to take away the so-called right to abortion on demand even though it harms the unborn child; yet government is increasingly willing to take away the right to smoke, precisely because it harms innocent non-smokers, killing 3,000 non-smokers a year from cancer and as many as 40,000 non-smokers a year from other diseases?
  4. And if you say that everything hangs on whether the fetus is a human child, are you willing to go before national television in the oval office and defend your support for the “Freedom of Choice Act” by holding in your hand a 21 week old fetus and explaining why this little one does not have the fundamental, moral, and constitutional right to life? Are you willing to say to parents in this church who lost a child at that age and held him in their hands, this being in your hands is not and was not a child with any rights of its own under God or under law?

Perhaps you have good answers to each of these questions. We will honor you by expecting you to defend your position forthrightly in the public eye.

You have immense power as President of the United States. To wield it against the protection of the unborn without giving a public accounting in view of moral and scientific reality would be dishonorable. We will honor you by expecting better.

declaration-of-independence“Alluding to the American founders, President Barack Obama, in his Inaugural Address, stated: “The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” This seemed to be a reference to the Declaration of Independence, or at least to the principles in that sacred political document.

The moment I heard those words, I immediately noticed — as did others who quickly commented — that Obama neglected two crucial things from the most famous line not only in the
Declaration of Independence but in the essence of the American founding: 1) He left out the unalienable right to “Life;” and 2) He left out the words “created” and “Creator” — the God who “endows” that “Right,” a right which is a “self-evident” “truth.” {emphasis added}

Read the entire article: Obama’s Curious Inaugural Rhetoric

. . . and teach our children to do the same.

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J. R. Miller, “In His Steps” 1897)

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this–to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Holiness means separation unto God. The life which belongs to Christ–must be kept from sin. The hands which are held up in prayer–must not touch any unclean thing. The lips which speak to God, and sing His praise–must not be stained by any sinful or bitter words. The heart which is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit–must not open to any thought or affection which would defile God’s temple. The feet which Christ’s pierced hands have washed–must not walk in any of sin’s unhallowed paths. A Christian’s life must be holy.

Unholiness is very subtle. It creeps in when we are not aware. It begins in the heart. At first it is but a thought, a moment’s imagination, a passing emotion, or a desire. Hence the heart should be kept with unremitting diligence. Only pure and holy thoughts should be entertained.

It is in the thoughts, that all acts begin. All acts are first thoughts. Our thoughts build up our character, as the coral insects build up the great reefs. “As a man thinks in his heart–so is he.” If we are to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, as we pass through its foul streets–we must see to it that no unholy thing is for a moment tolerated in our heart! A crime stains one’s name before the world; a sinful thought or desire stains the soul in God’s sight, and grieves the divine Spirit within us!

“Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

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Inauguration Day

Psalm 2

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the  rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

I will surely tell of the decrees of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.'”

Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled,
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

 

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