Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Dress Barn

Time to laugh again.  :) 

I've actually shopped at The Dress Barn before (once when they had a good sale) so this is really hilarious.  Have a good belly laugh ladies!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Who Guides the House?

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:14 that a woman is to guide her house. (Not be the head of it, but guide it.)

I will therefore that the younger women: 
  1. marry
  2. bear children 
  3. guide the house
  4. give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully
We can see that after marriage and bearing children, that our work is guiding the house.  And it's very important. Never think of your job as a homemaker and housewife, as less than absolutely vital.  It is so huge.  And you are irreplaceable. 

Who else sees to it that the house is running smoothly, there are regular meals, boo boos kissed, clean places to eat, organized places to play, sanitary places to wash and soothing places rest?   Wives and Mothers.

We are indispensable in this most noble calling.  If we want to know what work the Lord has given us to do, we need turn to no other source than the Bible. 

When we guide our house, we are taking charge of the day. A wise woman looks around her, sees what needs to be done and then she sets her sights on accomplishing the tasks before her.

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Some of the activities that the Bible mentions that women are to do is sew. It is common to see ladies in old black and white movies resting comfortably in the evening while doing their mending or sewing projects.

Exodus 35:25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.
Notice that it is the wise women who got busy here.  They wasted no time in getting lots of clothes and linens made.  Sewing is becoming a lost art.  If you don't know how, why not begin learning now?  Depending on your budget you could,
  1. teach yourself  through library books, youtube tutorials, etc.
  2. take classes at a local fabric store,
  3. take private lessons,
  4. learn some basics from a friend who sews. 

Which ever way works for you, sewing is a skill that God considers a very wise choice for a woman.  Yet more scripture extolling the praises of this humble but valuable task:

Proverbs 31:19-24 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Make Lists

Busy homekeepers have too many irons in the fire to keep everything in our heads.  We need to get in the habit of making lists.  Write it down or wear a frown. (Ha, that rhymes.  :-)  Seeking God in prayer and reading from scripture every day gives us refreshment and strength to build your house. 
Guide Your House

This is not to be confused with being the head or leading in the family.  Notice the wording - guide the house. This is referring to house keeping, teaching and training the children, planning menus, shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.

God has made us uniquely qualified for this precious position.  And it takes all we have in us.  So invest your heart and soul into guiding your house.  Give selflessly, love lavishly, laugh freely and work diligently.  Your rewards are great. 
Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
I don't know what your work load is, how much you have on your shoulders or how little support you may have at this season in your life.  But the Lord does.

Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
We do not need priests in white collars, we don't need rosaries, or confessions or sacraments or good works or devotions or lots of Christian life books in order to live righteously before the Lord.  We need only call upon His Name.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

WHOSOEVER, pron. who, so, and ever. Any one; any person whatever.

God says that HE and he alone is our strength, comfort, healer, rock, fortress, strong tower, high priest, deliverer and Saviour. Those of us who are believers, whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, have access to the very throne of God every day. That is mind blowingly awesome.

Make your home homey. 

Guide your own house, ladies.  Don't let your children run the day. Don't let outside activities, friends and social events intervene in how you guide your house. 
It can be easy to forget these things which is why I felt like writing about them today.  I need to be reminded frequently and often.  :-)
Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
A good woman is precious in God's sight.  So I just wanted to say to all of you who are tired, weary, worn out, frustrated, under appreciated, overwhelmed and burdened, you do not have to stay there.  You have the authority and mandate of God to guide your house. 

You have been authorized to bring your children into compliance and fill their time with useful things.  Teach them responsibility, teach them to love others.  Show them by example how to treat others as you'd like to be treated. 

I am going to think today about how I currently fulfill this tall order of guiding my house.  Maybe there are areas I am doing well and others I am slacking. 

But the good news is that every day is filled with new mercy and whatever yesterday was, is gone.  All I can do with yesterday is learn from it.  But I can't live in it. Today is new and God has called us to walk in newness of life.  So let us walk.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Getting By in a Tough Economy

We're living in very economically challenging times.  Of course it's not the first time our country's had it rough financially. It's fascinating to read about stories from the Great Depression and how people learned to live with less. Those folks were really innovative when it came to living frugally. 

In fact, if you haven't checked out Clara’s Kitchen you are missing a real treat. She has great stories and creative recipes from the depression era and she is delightful to watch.  I've tried her "poor man's meal" and it was very good.

Here are some ideas for managing your home on a tight budget. Maybe you will find a couple of them helpful for your own household.

·       If you live a ways from town, try to fit all your shopping needs, library trips, etc into one trip to conserve gas.

·       Eat most of your meals at home.

·       If you can, grind your own grains for making your own homemade breads, muffins, cakes, flatbreads, rolls, pies, etc.

·       Homemade ice cream and yogurt is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

·       Build or buy a cold frame to grow veggies practically year round.

·       If possible, keep goats for milk, and chickens for meat and eggs. Back yard chickens are becoming increasingly popular. If your city ordinance has laws prohibiting this, consider getting it overturned.

·       Keep the air conditioner set high, and the heat low. If you’re lucky enough to have a wood stove, use it in the winter time for heat. Keeping a kettle of water on the top will provide some healthful humidity in dry winters.

·       Everything that uses electricity continually draws a current even when not in use. Consider unplugging the unnecessary ones. 

·       Unscrew light bulbs that are seldom or never used.

·       Learn how to mend and fix things instead of replacing them.

·       Keep away from the mall.

·       Check to see if thrift stores or craigslist have what you are looking for before buying new.

·       Use cloth instead of paper napkins. The one below shows one of six that I made myself using some fabric I had leftover from another project. They are a snap to make - just a square of cloth hemmed on all sides. Best part - make them to match your personal decor! (They should be laundered within a day.)

·       Cancel cable television altogether.  Play parlor games for your evening entertainment instead. You’ll grow closer as a family, make lasting memories and have a lot more fun.
·       Cancel all unnecessary memberships and subscriptions.
·       Ditch the costly activities and let your kids have fun in the back yard and at a local park.
·       Forgo the salon, and team up with a friend for manicures, pedicures, hair color, highlights, etc. If you wax, consider using a home kit.
·       Keep an eye out for free community family activities and events.
·       Increase the use of cleaning cloths and save paper towels for really yucky spills like raw egg or meat spills.
·       Hang dry as much clothing as possible to save energy on running the dryer.
·       Dilute whole milk with water, especially when cooking and in cereal.
·       Use cloth diapers and wipes instead of expensive disposables.
·       Clean countertops with plain white vinegar. (This won’t work on tile because vinegar is an acid and it will slowly eat away at grout.)
·       Don’t waste money on dryer sheets. Clothes soften beautifully in the washer with just plain old vinegar. I fill that middle dispenser cup with vinegar and the clothes turn out perfect every time.
·       Moisturize with extra virgin coconut oil. Ounce for ounce, it’s much cheaper than pricey beauty creams and best of all its antimicrobial properties make it awesome for anti-aging and glowing skin.
The popular saying during The Great Depression was:

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
What a concept! Saving money does take some creativity but it is worth the effort. It’s like a little game to find out of how far you can stretch a dollar. When I was growing up, I was taught to use things sparingly. A dab of toothpaste, scrape your dinner plate, use every last drop of everything.

I teach my children this concept. Make do with what you have, or learn to live without it. We’ve come to realize we can live pretty happily without a lot of things. Most of the things people think they absolutely need, they really don’t.
We could learn a lot from the things many folks did in the Great Depression.  Here are some of the frugal things they did back then:
·       They used Sears Catalogs and old newspapers instead of toilet paper. (Praise God things haven’t gotten that desperate yet.)
·       They made clothes, aprons, diapers & underwear from old flour sacks. Three sacks were enough to make a housedress.
·       They “cut down” old worn out clothes into smaller clothes for babies and children.
·       They didn’t accept charity. They worked an honest day for honest pay. Government welfare was a humiliating last resort. We could use more of that mindset today for sure!
·       If their shoes wore out before a year, the children went barefoot.
·       They bartered and traded for both goods and services.
·       They mended worn out socks using a darning “egg” and weaving in thread to fill in the hole.
·       Loose strings from clothing were saved and added to a string ball for future mending and sewing needs.
·       Every scrap of material was saved for making quilts.
·       When they had nothing left to eat, they ate lard sandwiches, fried dough, weeds and sometimes even from garbage cans.
Those were desperate times! A must see movie is the The Grapes of Wrath with Henry Fonda.  The film does a good job of showing us what it was like for those in poverty back then. I think it was a really well done film. 
Reduce your spending.

Reconsider all that you think you need. Even if you don’t need extra money right now, you may be suddenly without an income some day, and anything you put away now for a rainy day will be a blessing to your family. Of course, skills are true wealth. It’s good to learn how to economize, but skills are priceless. For example, knowing how to find wild edibles.
So what do you think? Do you think any of these ideas could help ease the burden of a tight budget? Care to share what are you doing to get by in this tough economy?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The NIV Challenge

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:16

If you read the NIV and believe it is the word of God, you really need to take the NIV challenge.  Click here to take the test!.

All of who I am as a born again Christian rests on my faith in Christ alone. Where does the authority we have as believers come from?  I believe it is from the Bible, God's holy word. 

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalm 138:2

Do you think there is anyone out there who would like to mess up God's Word?  Hmm. Do all Bibles read the same?  Ever heard a modern church trying to read the same verse out loud?  Sounds like a mumble of chaos. 

Would anyone ever add or take away from God's words? 

Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Those are serious consequences!  We see the original culprit revealed in Genesis 3:1,

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Satan made just one word difference. God said don't eat from ONE of the trees, and the devil twisted it into EVERY tree.  He is the original perverter of God's words and he has not left God's Bible alone. 

Please don't misunderstand - this post is not meant to cause you to doubt your faith in Jesus Christ. But you should doubt your faith in MEN.   

Did you know that there is only one verse in the whole Bible that tells us we need to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ before we are baptized? That verse is Acts 8:37.  So why is it missing from the text in the NIV? (Look for yourself).

Or what about Colossians 1:14, where it says "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins." Why has "through his blood" been removed from the NIV? Do you really believe that you can be saved without the shed blood of Jesus Christ?  Satan would like you to.

There are some people who believe there are many gods and many ways to heaven. They say that every belief, if it's sincere, leads to the same heaven.  This is like saying if you're really sincere, all roads will lead to your house. 

These are lies. 

The Truth is that there is only ONE way to heaven and that is through putting all of your faith and trust in God's only begotten son, Jesus Christ to save you from the wrath to come.  


Some Christians say there are many bibles and they all say basically the same thing. But this is a lie, too. And just as God gave us only One Way, there is also only one Bible.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Matthew 7:13-15 

As a Christian, my faith in Jesus Christ is based on the words of God and not the words of men.  When I found out there was a difference between modern Bibles and the King James Bible I was astonished -- and angry. Every believer should be aware of this issue, the glaring ommissions of modern bibles and who is behind them.

What about you?  Are you still reading a modern version like the popular NIV or perhaps the NASV?  Did you know that one of the translators on the bible committee for the NASB publicly denounced his work on that bible? He is quoted as saying, "the deletions are absolutely frightening."  They are indeed.

Did you know that ALL modern versions are based on false manuscripts?

Click here to see how the modern versions attempt to remove the diety of Christ. It is shocking. It is commonly thought that modern versions are intended to update the language. But this is simply not true. They are intended to eliminate the diety of Jesus Christ and discourage sinners from repenting.

If you read from NIV and believe that it is God's Word, then you should be willing to see how it holds up under a little scrutiny. Please take the NIV challenge.

The sooner you get educated on it and stop taking the word of “good godly men” the sooner you will be reading the King James Bible and trusting every single word in it as the Word of God.

Search the Scriptures Like the Bereans:
Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Try (test) the spirit
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

The Truth will make you free
John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why I Use the King James Bible

*For a good introduction to this issue,please click here.

The King James Bible is the Bible text that we have received from our fathers.  

The Bible says all Scripture was given by inspiration of God and is profitable.  So what exactly does “all Scripture” refer to?  To find out, we need only look up the word Scripture in an Exaustive Bible concordance like Strongs.  Every time scripture is used in the Bible, it never refers to only the original, but to copies of copies of copies of the original. 

When Jesus was on earth and opened and read the Scriptures, he was opening a copy of the Bible
 and yet he called it Scripture.  Since all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, what Jesus had in his day, were copies of the originals that were given by inspiration of God. 

The word "given" is interesting.  All Scripture “is given”. This would indicate an ongoing process.  God didn’t give us his perfect word and then abandon it and then let someone goof it up.  But he  keeps preserving it and passing his Scripture down. 

The King James Bible is based on what’s called the majority text or we call it the “Textus Receptus”.  The Textus Receptus has come to have the connotation of a particular text, but there is no single Greek text that Scrivener or other different one’s have produced. Greek texts differ one from the other in minor ways, yet each one would be called the textus Receptus.  The term "Textus Receptus" simply means the “received text” originally given to our fathers.

Behind the King James Bible, we’ve got a whole line of a couple hundred years of the Bible being put into the English, culminating into the King James Bible.  And even after the King James Bible was given, there were a couple revisions where it was corrected back to its original perfection when it was originally translated.  It's important to note, too, that the "corrections" nearly always involved grammar or spelling adjustments rather than content.

The KJB is that Bible that’s consistent with a multitude of other language Bibles.  If you go back and you look at the early Latin, the Syriac, the Ethiopian and the Coptic languages, many of the languages that were translated in 100 A.D., 150 A.D., 200 A.D. –  those early bibles that have come down to us through the ages, we find are consistent with the KJB.  Over 95% of all Greek manuscripts – pieces or bits, or even whole books that are found and available to us (called extant manuscripts) –  are in agreement with the King James Bible. 
Less than 5% are different from the KJB.  The KJB is the bible that the churches always used in different translations and multiple languages.  But it’s the same text as it reads right now in the King James Bible. 

Only in modern times, as a result of German scholarship, have so-called scholars departed from the reading of the KJB (in any language) and gone to the reading of Sinaneticus and Vatiniacus texts; those two manuscripts were put together in the middle 1800s and produced a new Greek bible that had never existed before.  And that new Greek bible became the Nestle Aland’s Greek New Testament. 

If your preacher says, “ the original Greek says…” he’s not going back to the original Greek,  he’s going back to a Greek manuscript that’s a little over a hundred years old.  He’s going back to a Greek manuscript that was created by two unbelievers, that became the basis of the ASV, NASV, RSV, NIV, the Good News for Modern Man – all new translations came from a Modern Greek text. 
And that Modern Greek text was based on basically two manuscripts.  And those two manuscripts were not written in cornet Greek, they were written in classical Greek.  So they read quite a bit different. 

But whenever the scholars took the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus texts and put it into a Modern Greek edition, they re-translated it or back-translated into the cornet Greek of an earlier period so that it looked like it was the one that was available in Jesus’ day, when in fact it was not. It was a manuscript that came about 500 years after Christ that they were copying from.  It can be traced back to north Africa in origin and is the so-called “Septuagint” text in the old Testament.

Many Bible College Professors and Preachers that are correcting your Bible, have no idea about the background of it.  Once you learn, you’ll be shocked. You will feel like you do right now about the way the Government politicians are betraying you and departing from the Constitution. 

The same kind of fraud, the same kind of deceit, the same kind of willfulness to deprive you of your liberties, is also depriving you of the word of God.  The sooner you get educated on it and stop taking the word of “good godly men” the sooner you will be reading the King James Bible and trusting every single word in it as the Word of God.

For further study on the subject, I recommend the book, "Which Version Is the Bible?" by Floyd Jones.

For more examples of textual differences between the King James Bible and modern 'bibles', click here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Beware the Little Foxes: C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is a popular author among many Christians. What I want to know is why so many are trying so hard to make this man a Christian.

I'm thankful I was spared from his Narnia series as a child. I had never even heard of Lewis or Narnia and my husband and I were completely ignorant about Lewis' beliefs and his preoccupation in the occult. All we knew was everyone says they're great books. 

 My husband remembered reading them as a child so he bought the entire series for our kids when they were beginning to read.
It hadn't occurred to us to research Narnia's author. We usually do this with most authors because a book is no better than it's author. When we finally did poke around the internet, we were sick. We immediately got rid of the Narnia books.

Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are.

So much can be ascertained by who a person keeps company with, but also who they admire and esteem. So it was quite nauseating to learn that C.S. Lewis had documented friendships with such men as George MacDonald (a mentor of pedophile Alice author Lewis Carroll) , the Inklings, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams (author of All Hallows Eve).

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 3:20

Books are very much like companions. We cannot be too careful about who our children's companions are, as well as our own for that matter. I want my and my children's companions to be holiness, truth, wisdom - and the man and Saviour Christ Jesus.

Scriptural Heresies

In his books, Reflections on the Psalms and Miracles, Lewis clearly rejects Old Testament miracles and reveals his belief that there are historical errors and mistakes in Holy Scripture.

I found the passages contained within the Chronicles of Narnia, like the blatant pagan rituals, sun worship and sexulisation of children to name a few to be quite horrifying and blasphemous.

To make matters worse, CS Lewis intended his books for children. Once we were aware of this man's background, beliefs and practices, it was clearly obvious that the many demonic thematic inclusions and vulgar pagan subtext behind his fantasy literature were derived by his personal obsession with the occult.

So my question is: what on earth are these materials doing in Christian homes?

Warnings in Scripture

The Scriptures warn, "And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God" (Lev. 20:6-7.)

There is no middle ground here
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness....Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight" Isaiah 5:21

The Bible makes it clear in both the Old and New Testaments that occult practices are an abomination to the Lord.
There shall not be found among you any ... that useth divination, or an observer of tiems, or an enchanger, or a witch, (11) or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD. Deut 18:10-12

How serious does God view the occult and wizardry? The Apostle Paul indicts Elymas the sorcerer with these words:
O full of all subtlety (deceit) and all mischeif (maliciousness), thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? Acts 13:10

Intended for Precious Children

Any time a work is published aimed at children, BEWARE. Children are preciously naive and Satan and his followers know this. God has designed that parents train their children in righteousness. Our young people need to be familiar with the Word of God - not the occult.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy GOd with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy childrn, and shat talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and wehn thou liest down and when thou risest up." Deut. 6:4-7

It is every parent's responsibility to raise their children for God.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
With the increased popularity in sorcery ushered in through the Harry Potter series, is it any wonder that Disney is riding the beast of Narnia all the way to the bank?

There is much, much more to learn about C.S. Lewis. The documentation is there if you search for it.  Of course there will always be people who read testimonies and documentation and dismiss it as inaccurate or even folly. 

But the witches and warlocks know better. They report that the Narnia books contained rites and rituals that were accurate verbatim among practicing sorcerers.  For example, did you know that the Narnia series is required reading for neophyte witches?  

What are these books doing in the hands of children?

Better yet, what are these books doing in the homes of believers?

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Corinthians 13:5

We must all stand before the Lord one day about the decisions we make for ourselves and especially for our children. If you didn't know know about C.S. Lewis and the perils of his Narnia series, you do now.

Our children need parents who will set wise and holy boundaries for them and feed them on that which is wholesome, pure, lovely, and of good report. (Phil 4:8) This is my desire and intent.

What about you?

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