Monthly Archives: July 2015

Month: July 2015 Fifty Five Million Reasons

And I wonder how many more. Fifty five million reasons to stand against planned barrenhood. At least fifty five million babies never had the opportunity to take a drink of milk… never had the opportunity to be cradled and rocked to sleep… never had the opportunity feel the sun on their face… never had the opportunity to smell a rose… never had the opportunity to blow bubbles, dandelions or birthday candles… never had the opportunity to open a present, open a door, open a book, open a window… never had the opportunity to breathe fresh air, to snuggle in a blanket, splash in a puddle, lick an ice cream cone, see a sunrise, hear a melody, or whisper I love you. To be sure, these are not entries on a list of fifty five million reasons to stand against abortion and Planned Parenthood et al.  The fifty five million reasons to stand against heinous atrocity of abortion and the horrifying practices of Planned Parenthood are these: Babies.  Fifty five million babies. It is gruesome and unconscionable that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts. It is sickening that women are being lied to and conditioned to believe the lie, conditioned to accept continue reading

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Month: July 2015 Flee Comparisonitis

Maybe you saw my thoughts yesterday where I wrote about Comparisonitis or making comparisons and how easy it is to become ensnared by this.  Comparing ourselves to others, comparing our situations to other’s situations (or our perception of their situations), our accomplishments (or lack thereof) to other’s accomplishments (as we perceive them to be).  Then we spend precious moments or days or years mulling over what we have or haven’t done (right), what we do or don’t have, what we have to deal with — compared to others. [Late edit to add a link to another article I wrote regarding Titus2 blogs, groups and teachings — I call it: Compare-a-Titus.  There are so many comparisons we make are often bogged down by the lack we often feel as “TitusTwo” women. You can read it here.] When these thoughts come up, I know I need to flee these thoughts.  Flee! And quickly. I’ve come to realize that when I compare myself with others or my whatever’s with other women’s whatevers, I inadvertently make them the standard to which I seek to attain.  I make them the  guide and standard of my life instead of making the Lord, His Word, His way, continue reading

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Month: July 2015 Comparisonitis

It sure took me by surprise… hasn’t happened in a long time… and, when it does, it rarely lingers.  Except today.  Today it lingered awhile and I completely caught off guard.  I was busily cleaning an area and reorganizing a bunch of books… I even had a ridiculous Christmas song stuck in my head.  And then, all of a sudden I was overwhelmed thinking of some of my abysmal failings as a mother – a homeschooling mother, specifically.  And I was trying to think of one good thing I’ve done — one really exceptional achievement in which I had even a small part. I can’t say I’ve done my best as a homeschool mama.  I can’t say I’ve dedicated my life to homeschooling.  And, I can’t say there’ve been many stellar achievements — as the world might measure.  And I wouldn’t have even taken the time to bore you with this seemingly self-deprecating post had I not “snapped out of it” and considered God’s great work and His continuing processes!  And then to further be encouraged as I came in to browse my links, I saw a post Tim Challies had written.  It sort of paralleled my resulting thoughts today continue reading

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Month: July 2015 Dark Days

In the wake of the breaking news stories in the last couple of days, it’s hard to fathom the depths of evil consuming our nation. The enormity of this may well be underestimated, and the trail of money on a spiraling street paved with innocent blood may well be staggeringly more than can possibly be imagined. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10.31 Surely judgement has come on America when a nation will slaughter its own babies for great profit under the guise of research.  When immorality is lauded and God’s Word is ignored, when His marvelous design is discarded and when men and women turn their backs on Providence,  and when human life is of less value than plants and animals: we have sunk to such pervasive and widespread depravity such as has never before been experienced in this nation. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3.12 I pray for women who have been duped into despair, for the unborn babies whose lives have been taken from them by the persuasive lies of the continue reading

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Month: July 2015 Tiny Houses

Have you ever imagined your life as something completely different than it is today?  I don’t mean doing different things or changing jobs or whatever — I mean, living in a home that is a completely different type of home than you’ve been accustomed to living in all your life. Tiny houses. I’d never thought about living in a tiny house — not me personally, anyway.  I’ve thought about what it might be like for someone to live in a tiny house — I mean, I do love browsing Pinterest, you know. But lots of what I see, and pin, on Pinterest is simply pin interest — ideas that seem pretty cool — and, yes, sincere dream interests.   Since my husband has taken up an interest in exploring types of homes people might construct or styles that might be added to existing homes, I’ve seen lots of images of tiny houses and have listened to the different ideas for small homes –tiny houses– and clusters of tiny houses.  I haven’t wished it, but I’ve wondered what it would be like to live in a tiny house. My husband had a little “getaway” planned a couple of days ago… yes, continue reading

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Month: July 2015 Remembering the Anchor

As I was mulling over a bunch of different events and circumstances affecting or involving our home and family this morning as the winds of change continue to blow,  and I found myself reeling in thoughts of sadness, happiness, doubt, hope, confusion — as if tossed in the waves of a rolling sea.  And then, almost as immediately as my mind was filled with cares of this life, I was calmed by the blessed assurance that “the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places” (psalm 16) and, truly, the Lord is ever before me.  And, I’m further comforted that regardless of how this ship is tossed to and fro or whether it takes on water — or whether I stagger about, one thing I know (that I know that I know that I know): my Anchor holds. I think of the hymn, My Anchor Holds; I think of Scripture that affirms to me that I have an anchor – a sure Anchor.  Though once again my circumstances *seem* to be louder than the Truth or *seem* to be lacking clarity, purpose or reason, I can be sure my Anchor holds.  And this is bcz my Anchor isn’t dependent on continue reading

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