Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Kiss is Worth a Thousand Smiles



She gave him a chocolate kiss and put him down on the floor. He started crying as he wanted to be held. She said, "You can't cry with a Kiss in your mouth." He spit out the kiss, cried a moment, looked at the Kiss on the floor, shoved it in his mouth, and smiled!

What is it with boys and camo? He loves it!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

MapGirl

She calls herself "MapGirl" and loves Geography.

First time at the table in his big-boy chair.

MapGirl made her sister a cake. All by herself.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Easily Offended

A people who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted because their countercultural lifestyles stick out like a sore thumb. When family patterns are reformed, it is so public that everyone notices. Family, friend, co-worker and church member are easily offended by family reforms. Scott Brown


Friday, January 8, 2010

Several Smiles and a Goofball





Nine Cousins and an Uncle


Luke and the Lambs





Josiah had the thrill of meeting his namesake! (I think the excitement was mutual!)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Recent Happenings



We snugggle on the couch and read. We put together puzzles.


We play games. We learn to sew.

We make Turkey Pot Pie. We make King Cakes for Epiphany.
These are just a few of the things we like to do when it is too cold to play outside!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Just Do It!

"Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending, or thinking about it; that will not advance you one step. You must positively read. There is no royal road in this matter, any more than in the matter of prayer. If you cannot read yourself, you must persuade somebody else to read to you. But one way or another, through eyes or ears, the words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind." ~ J.C. Ryle

Here is the schedule we are using to read through the Bible in 90 days. We just love Balancing the Sword!

If You Ever Need a Fishing Guide





He may not remember much, but he sure remembers how to fish, my brother, the fisherman extraordinaire!

Jesus Does Not Have a Birthday

Surprised? You shouldn't be. If you look, He is mentioned all throughout the Old Testament. He was at creation. Revelation tells us that He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He always was and always will be. It irritates bugs me when people say "Happy Birthday, Jesus." As humans, we have a definite beginning, thus I can understand the celebration of birthdays. However, Almighty God had no beginning, no birthday. Now, if you want to celebrate Incarnation Day, have a blast. After all, he became incarnate {to clothe with flesh; to embody in flesh}. I grew up thinking "Happy Birthday Jesus." Yes, I went to a Christian school and church some Sundays. But not until later did I realize that it is NOT His birthday, as He was already here. Now as my friend Dr. Charles Massegee says, "I may be like a blind pig with an acorn here, but listen to what I am telling you." Jesus does not have a beginning, He was and is and is to come. Yes, He was born of a virgin, but He has much more than a birthday: He became incarnate. Celebrate that with zeal!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Keep Preaching Christ!

Ken Ham writes:

One of the things we have noticed in the USA in recent times is that it is politically "correct" to mock Christians, eliminate Christian references from the public, etc.—but it is ok and politically correct to mention teachings from other religions in a generally positive light! It seems Christians are the 'bad guys' these days. Accordingly, here are excerpts from a Fox News Radio program (from its website):

A battle over religion is brewing in central Indiana after a public school wanted second graders to sing a song declaring, "Allah is God." The phrase was removed just before the performance after a national conservative group launched a protest. The principal of Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, IN, said they were trying to teach inclusiveness through their holiday production. It included references to Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa. However, no other deity, othr than Allah, was referenced in the show … Hogan, a Christian, told the American Family Association, a conservative advocacy group, that he was deeply concerned to learn that his daughter had been singing, "Allah is God." Here's what the children were assigned to sing:

Allah is God, we recall at dawn,
Praying 'til night during Ramadan
At this joyful time we pray happiness for you,
Allah be with you all your life through.

But when it came time to perform the "Christian" part of Christmas, children were assigned to say:

I didn't know there was a little boy at the manger. What child is this?
I'm not sure if there was a little boy or not.
Then why did you paint one on your nativity window?
I just thought if there was a little boy, I'd like to know exactly what he [sic] say.

Micah Clark, executive director of the Indiana AFA, launched an Internet protest once he heard about the allegations. "What surprised me here is that we've had a secular scrubbing of Christmas for so long and the school apparently didn't see the problem with kids singing to Allah," he told FOX News Radio. "You won't even mention Jesus and you're going to force my child to sing about Allah? …"

Read the detailed report here.

It's just another example of the de-Christianization of America. Praise the Lord for organizations like the American Family Association that brings such matters to the attention of the public and helps organize ways to deal with such situations.

So, my question is, was Obama right in saying that USA is not a Christian nation? Here in the good old USA my children, husband and I have been asked to stop speaking of Jesus. We have been told that we are preaching when we speak of God, we have been "un-friended" on social networks for speaking of Jesus, we have been told that we are way-off-the-deep-end, and just about sworn at for citing scripture. And this by family members who are so called "Christians" themselves. Just here in town we have been ridiculed and spit on for talking of Jesus. Is this the way "Christians" act? I submit to you that it is not. We have allowed God's name to be removed from government and government schools to the demise of ourselves. And yet we ask God to bless us. Which God? The God you don't want in the government or in the schools, that God? You want him to bless you? For what? For continuing to live in sin when you know it is wrong? For depending on the righteousness of others (such as your pastor) to save you and not in Christ alone? (Now so that I am not misunderstood, I believe in the total depravity of man and there is nothing good in us, all we receive is from His mercy and goodness.)

Many professing Christians have a Bible-less, Church-less, Christian-less, holiness-less, Christ-less version of Christianity and yet believe they are on the narrow way. Here are some comments I have heard over the past few weeks by "Christians":

"Quit preaching to the choir"

"Lighten up"

"I know that my Christian job is to tell others about Christ. I just don't think it needs to be an everyday, all day thing."

"I tell others about Christ when the time is right. But I trust my Pastor to do that job."

"I know I will be in heaven when my time on earth ends save your evangelism for the unbeliever, I do not need it"

"You can look at blood two different ways on Halloween. Blood could in a very legalistic view represent evil, but blood can also represent the blood Jesus shed on the cross…that's how I view the blood [on the costume] worn." Really, blood splattered on a mad scientist halloween costume as the blood of righteousness?

I cannot imagine the judgement coming to this country. Legalized killing of children, legalizing sodomite unions, electing sodomites and atheists to public offices, removing God and replacing Him with idols, and Christians giving up their children on the altar of government education. Lord help us! Help us to see the error of our ways. Open our eyes to our sin and grant us repentance!

Our job remains to be faithful to preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the religious, and foolishness to the worldly. But the power of God unto salvation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Amphibious?

I think I may be part amphibian because this cold, dry air is drying me out! I miss that hot, humid, Gulf Coast breeze!