Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Wrote this a while back but never posted. Might as well now, right?
I was checking one of my favorite sites and almost didn't read her current post. ( obviously I want you to read that so go and do that first ) It looked too long and I don't have much time to sit at the computer and read. For some reason I changed my mind and dove in. Her honesty is refreshing. She is open about her struggles and I admire that. Although I don't relate directly to the sin issue she talks about in her post I felt it was convicting and true. Keep in mind she is a home schooling mom of 7 ( update: now pregnant with #8!) who struggles with judging others who look similar to herself. I think it is an interesting point to bring up. Judgement comes in all forms. The "christians" judging the "non-christians", and vice versa. The people with lots of kids, the people with just a couple, those who home school, send to private and send to public. EVERYONE is guilty. Anyway, I like her honesty. Main idea... keep yourself focussed on your relationship with God. Where you stand in Christ. How you live and who you are living for. What does your heart truly reveal? Self examination is scary. It reveals a whole lot if you can be honest with yourself.

We must learn to love.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. this is the great and foremost commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Matthew 22:37-39

Excerpt from Family Driven Faith Chapter 3 "Learn to Love"  by Voddie Baucham:

"Thus Jesus, referencing Moses, comments on the essential nature of loving people as well as loving God. Therefore, to limit this chapter to learning to love god would have been insufficient. If our homes are to reflect our position as the people of God in the midst of the opposition of a pagan culture, we, like the Israelites, must learn to love.
Our homes must be rife with the aroma of love. Those who visit us should notice immediately that they have left the world of self-serving, egocentric narcissism and have entered a safe harbor where people value and esteem others above themselves. Outsiders should enter our homes and never want to leave. Our neighbors should find excuses to visit us just to get another whiff of the fragrant aroma of love. The brokenhearted should long to be near us. The downtrodden and abused should seek us out. Families on the brink of disaster should point to us and say 'Why can't our home be like that?'
Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Far too often professing Christians  in our culture don't love better, more deeply, or longer than the pagans who surround us. At times we bear more of the stench of this world than the fragrant aroma of the people of God. That's the bad news. The good news is that things don't have to remain as they are. We can learn to love. The first step is to rid ourselves of the ineffective methods and ideologies that have led us down the current path."

Imagine what the church would be if we truly clung to what the verse in Matthew 22 is saying. Imagine how we could impact the world for Christ.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Child Training Bible

Stop by my friends new blog! She has created an amazing resource for training up our little ones! Or, I guess I should say she is using what God has provided, The Bible, and made it very easy to navigate scriptures that pertain to different heart issues that need to be addressed during the training of our precious little ones! I made one of the child training bibles and I love it! I think it is also fair to call it a Mom training bible!

A vision for motherhood.

I saw this on another blog this morning and loved it. Just had to re-post here.

"Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller