The Parable of the Public Poolers

The Parable of the Public Poolers

Once upon a time, in a place called America, someone had an idea. It was a bold plan—one that would alter the very social fabric of the nation. It wasn’t long before word of the idea began to spread, and many people thought it was simply marvelous. In due time, after enough support had been generated, the plan was put into action.

At first glance, the plan seemed simple enough. Its proponents said it would be fair, free, and effective for all. The plan was this: to construct government-funded public pools in every community across the land.

“Every child deserves a positive swimming experience,” the plan’s proponents argued. “Only the government can truly accomplish this through our new public pool system.”

The plan had its detractors, but in the end, it went forward, and soon virtually every city and town in America had its own government-funded public pool. All the children in the community spent their days at the pool under the supervision of the state-certified lifeguards.

At first the pools seemed wholesome enough. True, there were those who said it wasn’t the government’s business to operate a pool system, but most people seemed satisfied. Things went along smoothly, and within a few generations, the government pools were entrenched in the public mind as a necessary and helpful part of society. They were as much a fixture as baseball, Mom, and apple pie.

In the course of time, however, things began to go wrong. It was observed that the pools weren’t as safe as they had once been. In fact, not only were they not safe, they were becoming downright dangerous—even deadly. Somehow, the public pools all across the land had become infested with man-eating sharks. Children were returning home scarred and maimed. Many were even being devoured alive.

It was at this point that a handful of parents across the nation became alarmed. They decided not to send their children away to the shark-infested public pools any longer. Instead, they would keep their children at home and supervise them in their own pools. In time, this new movement came to be known as homepooling.

In days gone by, homepooling had been common practice in America. But with the introduction of the government pool system, homepooling had become increasingly rare. It may seem shocking, but homepooling had even been outlawed in some states! Certainly America had wandered far from her ideals of freedom and liberty when parents were no longer able to direct their own children’s pooling.

The pioneers of homepooling were greeted with much skepticism. Most parents were complacent, content to ignore the safety hazards of the public pools. In the meantime, conditions continued to worsen, with more and more children being devoured by the sharks. Statistics reported that up to 85% of the children who went swimming at the public pool were being injured or eaten alive.

As a result, the new homepooling movement began to grow. And it was observed that not only were homepooled children surviving, they were thriving. Researchers began to take notice, and it was discovered that homepoolers performed far above their public-pooled peers on standardized swimming tests. Homepooling was beginning to be vindicated as a valid option.

In an average community in America lived a woman named Mary. She and her husband had both been raised in the public pool system, though it wasn’t as bad when they were growing up as it was today. Now, Mary herself was a young mother of three children whom she was accustomed to sending to the public pool. Every morning she would get her children out of bed, feed them a hasty breakfast, then rush them out the door to catch the pool bus. All her neighbors did the same thing. It was just how life in America worked. Then one day, she met a homepooling family at her church. She was impressed! The children were polite, respectful, and were all excellent swimmers. Mary had heard of homepooling, but had never met a family that actually did it. She realized she needed to give the matter some attention.

One day, as she was researching homepooling, her 8-year-old son arrived home on the pool bus. As she saw him limping into the house, Mary knew something was wrong. Upon inspection, she noticed he had deep wounds on his legs—a narrow escape from a shark.

That settled it for Mary and her husband. They notified the public pool superintendent that their children would no longer be coming to the pool—they were going to begin homepooling right away.

It wasn’t long before Mary became a staunch advocate of homepooling. She loved having her children at home with her. She was glad that she no longer had to fear the constant menace of the sharks at the public pool. Her children were safe at home where they belonged.

With all the blessings homepooling had brought into her family’s life, Mary expected all her friends to be excited about it too. She was sure they would begin homepooling when she told them how wonderful it was. But instead of excitement, she was greeted with indifference by many, and even with hostility by some.

One friend at church told her, “You’re overprotecting your kids. How are they going to handle the sharks out in the adult world if they don’t learn how to deal with them now?”

Another responded with a more spiritual sounding argument. “My kids are being salt and light out in the public pools. If all the Christians pull their kids out of the pools, who will reach the other kids?”

Mary didn’t think that argument made very much sense. If her kids were being eaten alive, they certainly weren’t going to be reaching many others.

Yet another mom told her, “The pools in our town aren’t like the pools in the bigger cities. They have sharks and stingrays and alligators there. Ours aren’t like that. We have a great pool system here.”

Mary soon discovered that very few people were willing to admit that the local pools had problems. “We have an above-average lifeguard-to-swimmer ratio,” another church friend said. “Plus, some of the lifeguards are even Christians.”

Great, Mary thought to herself. They can pray for your kids while they’re getting eaten up by the sharks.

As she tried to spread the word about homepooling, Mary was astonished at the indifference she saw all around her. Children were being maimed, injured, and even killed every day, yet so many seemed unconcerned.

As she continued talking to others, Mary couldn’t believe the excuses people were using. If it had been a spiritual issue instead of mere physical safety, she was sure they wouldn’t use these same arguments. After all, if the public pools had been harming children spiritually—if they were causing kids to walk away from their faith, leave church behind, or rebel against their parents—surely they would see the significance and would begin homepooling. As it was, too many parents were ignoring the issue altogether. After all, it was just a matter of their kids’ physical well-being, and apparently that was easy for many parents to ignore.

“Look,” one friend said, “if I wanted to start homepooling, I’d have to quit my job, and you know we can’t get by on just one income. It isn’t practical in the modern world. Maybe homepooling worked back in the pioneer days, but it just won’t work now—not for us.”

Mary was startled that her friend would put finances above her children’s safety. After all, this other family wasn’t destitute. They had a reasonably nice home, two cars, and plenty of extras such as cable TV, a couple of cell phones, Internet hookup, and more. Wouldn’t it have been worth sacrificing part of their lifestyle to protect their kids?

One friend was bluntly honest. “Oh,” she said, “I just wouldn’t have the patience to homepool my kids! I think it’s great that you can do it, but it just wouldn’t work for me. I’d probably kill them the first day,” she laughed.

Never mind what the sharks are probably doing, Mary thought to herself.

She was surprised at how many people were worried about socialization. “How will my kids have friends if I homepool them? I don’t want them to be social misfits,” explained one.

“Homepooling doesn’t mean your kids won’t have friends,” Mary answered. “It just means you can have more control over who your kids are with. Plus,” she added, “you won’t have to worry about all the sharks and other problems that are in the public pool.”

“That’s just like you homepoolers,” her friend retorted. “You’ve got such a ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude. You think everyone should homepool, and you have to start criticizing the public pool every chance you get. I think I know what’s best for my kids.”

Mary didn’t see how close encounters with sharks every day could be best for any kids, but she knew better than to try to reason with her friend now.

Others were concerned about their kids missing out on the opportunities afforded by the government pool system. “My son really loves the diving board at the public pool,” Mary’s neighbor said. “I couldn’t provide that for him at home.”

Others were afraid of teaching advanced swimming techniques. “I never did very well at swimming myself,” one friend confessed. “I just don’t think I could teach my daughter some of the advanced things she wants to learn.”

Mary could relate to this one. She still felt a little intimidated sometimes too. But she knew there were answers. “There’s lots of great curriculum out there that will help you—books and DVDs and all kinds of things. Lots of other people are doing it, so I’m sure you can too!”

Her friend wasn’t convinced. “Well, maybe. I don’t know. We’ll see how things go.”

As she looked around, Mary was saddened. How could her friends not realize that their kids were more important than their careers, social standing, personal free time, and all the other things that prevented them from homepooling?

Time went by. Her friends at church had been insisting for years that their kids would be fine in the public pool system. But now that the kids were getting older, they didn’t look like they were doing well. Lots of them had already become casualties of the sharks and had disappeared from the church pews. Many others walked with a limp from injuries sustained in close encounters. “It’s just a phase,” some said. “All teenagers go through this. There’s nothing we can do. We just have to believe that everything will work out fine in the end.”

“It’s tough to raise kids in today’s world,” others said. “There’s only so much you can do.”

You could have done something years ago, Mary thought. You could have done something before the sharks got to your kids.

But if Mary was grieved by those who rejected homepooling altogether, she was even more grieved by the behavior of some homepoolers.

She couldn’t believe it, but some of her homepooling friends were actually putting sharks right in their own backyard pools.

“We can’t get by with this,” Mary protested. “Our kids aren’t immune to injury just because we’re homepooling! We can’t bring the same influences that are out in the public pools into our homepools and expect everything to be fine. A shark is a shark. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the public pool or in the homepool—it’s still going to hurt your kids!”

Some who had begun well decided to quit homepooling and started sending their kids back to the public pool. They seemed to have forgotten why they started homepooling in the first place. Mary couldn’t understand it. She knew she was going to keep homepooling all the way through to the finish.

Mary saw the cost of sending her kids back to the public pool. Yes, there were times when homepooling was difficult and taxed her patience. But what was that compared to the heartbreak of seeing her children come home from the public pool with ugly wounds and scars—or worse, perhaps seeing the day when they wouldn’t come home at all? Yes, there were times she wished she could go back to her old job, make more money, and have a more luxurious lifestyle. But what were the luxuries of this life worth in comparison to the blessing of knowing her kids were safe and happy at home?

Mary knew she was unnoticed by the world. She knew she might forever miss out on the acclaim and praise of man. She knew she would probably never achieve success as our world defines it. Many said she was wasting her life. But Mary didn’t care. How could she? Wasn’t it worth any sacrifice to raise her children for the glory of God? Wasn’t it worth any cost to see them reach adulthood whole, happy, and vibrant? Yes. A thousand times yes.

This article was originally published in the Jul/Aug 2011 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine.

I read this article on Blessed Homemaking which is a beautiful blog!

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 614

Cultivating a Love for Home in Your Daughters

Cultivating a Love for Home in Your Daughters

There’s something I have sadly noticed. There aren’t many young women who are good at being homemakers. They weren’t raised to keep their homes clean and tidy. They fail to look well to the ways of their household. No, they were raised to pursue a career, instead, since this has value in our culture and not homemaking.

When they are home full time with their children, their homes are a mess and they don’t like to be home often. They have no will nor desire to keep their homes clean. Where are the mothers who should have trained up their daughters in the fine arts of homemaking? Why aren’t the daughters, when they are young, right by their mother’s side as they cook and clean?

Chris Starr preached a great sermon called Biblical Womanhood and spoke about this topic. (It is well worth your time to listen to the entire sermon.) “All of you single ladies, I want to talk to you for a second. Be careful of filling your life with all kinds of pursuits that substitute for you learning how to take care of a home and enjoying that.

“Many young women have struggled with this. They don’t like being at home. They don’t like caring for the home. They don’t like homemaking. They don’t see it as a worthy profession and every young lady who is not married should be cultivating desires to be and to take care of a home. Mothers should help cultivate this…Your home is a priority and it needs to be taken care of by the woman. There’s no doubt about that. You should be cultivating a love for the home even as a single young lady. The home is the woman’s primary place of ministry. Young women need to be taught to be keepers at home.”

Do you have a love for home? Are you cultivating a love for motherhood, marriage, and homemaking (the most important ministries in the world) in your daughters instead of a desire for college and careers as our culture is doing? If you aren’t, you have some work to do! Are you training your daughters to be godly wives by the way you love and live in submission to your husband? This is the single most important thing you can do for them.

If you train them from a young age to cook, clean, and enjoy being home with you, they will grow up to want to cook, clean, and be in their own homes serving their families. It will come naturally to them. Anything that can be learned and trained as a child is much easier to want to do and do well than it is trying to discipline oneself as an adult.

If you raise your daughters to be clean and tidy and enjoy cooking, they will most likely grow up to be clean and tidy and enjoy cooking. Make sure that you are cheerful when you are teaching them. Show them the joy of the Lord living in and through you while you go about your homemaking!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Studying to Be Quiet

Studying to Be Quiet

This world is chaotic and noisy but we, as believers in Jesus Christ, are called to be peaceful and quiet. “And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). How do we study to be quiet?

“Orderly, peaceful; living in the practice of the calm virtues of life. The duty to which he would exhort them was that of being subordinate to the laws; of avoiding all tumult and disorder; of calmly pursuing their regular avocations, and of keeping themselves from all the assemblages of the idle, the restless, and the dissatisfied. No Christian should be engaged in a mob; none should be identified with the popular excitements which lead to disorder and to the disregard of the laws. The word rendered ‘ye study’ means properly, ‘to love honor, to be ambitious;’ and here means the same as when we say ‘to make it a point of honor to do so and so.'” (Barnes Notes on the Bible)

It’s our job, women to have orderly and peaceful lives. We are commanded to build up our homes and look well to the ways of our household. If you are busy keeping your home clean, orderly, and tidy, you are studying to be quiet. As you dust your furniture, clean your dishes, organize your closets, vacuum your floors, fold your laundry, and train your children, you are learning to be quiet. You are doing your business, which is being a keeper at home, with your own hands and the Lord is pleased with this.

The way to have a calm and peaceful life is to allow the Word of God dwell in you richly so that you won’t sin against the Lord. Daily renew your minds with God’s truth since this is what conforms you into the image of Christ. This will match your emotions and feelings with truth. You will be lead by God’s Word instead of selfishness and what you feel like doing. You won’t get riled up and worried about the state of the world because your mind is steadfast on your hope and trust in God.

“To live peaceably in their own families, and to give no disturbance to other families, by talebearing, whispering, and backbiting; to behave with quietness in the neighbourhood, town, or city, they dwell in, and to seek the peace thereof; and to lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty, in the commonwealth, and under the government to which they belong; and not to create and encourage factions, divisions, animosities, and contentions, in their own church, or in any of the churches of Christ; and it becomes saints to make this their study, to be very solicitous for it, to strive for it, and pursue after it: the word used signifies to be ambitious of it, as what is a man’s glory and honour, to emulate and strive to outdo each other, as who shall have the honour of being the quietest person, and the most peaceable member in the community:” (Gill’s Exposition)

How do we live peaceably with our own families? By being kind towards them and loving them. We don’t argue with them or insist upon being right. We serve them just as the Lord took on the form of a servant, we are to do likewise and serve our families.

Talebearing, whispering, and backbiting should have NO place in a believer’s life. Yes, we are to speak the truth in love but we don’t share things about others that shouldn’t be shared. We don’t allow any unwholesome word to come out from our mouths but only those that encourage and build others up.

We are not to create divisions in the church. We don’t rebuke the pastor if he said something we don’t like. We don’t sit in our chairs and criticize in our minds what’s wrong with the singing and the service. We don’t murmur against what we don’t like about the church to others. No, we find things to praise in our churches and focus upon these things!

We are known as a peaceable member in our community. We don’t debate the political climate with others in order to force our views upon others. No, we show them the love of Jesus. We obey our government authorities and pray for them. We are salt and light in our communities by not grumbling and complaining but being joyful and content; for godliness with contentment is great gain.

Study to be quiet, women. Learn to do your own business in your home. Learn from those who keep clean and orderly homes. Work hard with your own hands. This is God’s perfect will for you!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
Colossians 3:23

No Ability to Be Good?

No Ability to Be Good?

In Titus 2:5, older women are commanded to teach young women to be “good.” Do young women have the ability to be good?

In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul admits that he has no ability to be good:

“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

He tells us that in him “dwells no good thing” so it must have been impossible for him to be good. Then why would God command older women to teach young women to be good? I believe Paul was writing about the time when he lived under the Law and was not filled with the Spirit. He knew what being good looked like because of the Law but he had no ability to keep the Law.

Does this describe Christians today, as many believe? Do we have no ability to be good? If you believe this, then you must believe that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead has no power living within you. You must believe that the Christian has no ability to overcome sin in their lives. You must believe that the multiple times in Romans 6 that Paul told us that we are dead and freed from sin isn’t true. You must believe that greater is the sin in you than the Spirit that indwells within you.

Read Romans 7 in context. It is sandwiched between Romans 6 and 8 in which Paul explains to us who we are in Christ and all that happened at the cross and resurrection. Paul ends Romans 7 with these words:

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

What does he mean that he serves the law of sin with his flesh? He just told us that Christ delivered him from the body of death. In Romans 8, he wrote these words:

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

THE SPIRIT OF THE LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HATH MADE ME FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH. He tells us the Law couldn’t free us from sin and death but Christ, who came in the flesh, condemned sin in the flesh so that we are now righteous and able to WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT.

YES, you can be good because Jesus Christ dwells within you! Yes, you can say NO to the flesh and YES to righteousness. Yes, you can have victory over sin and walk in the Spirit. Can you be perfect? No! You will still stumble but sin should no longer define your life. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit that lives within you so you can overcome sin. Listen to this sermon over and over again until you believe it!

God would not have commanded older women to teach young women to be “good” if young women had no ability to be good. We are filled with His Spirit. He has made us new creatures in Christ. We are the righteousness of God. NOW “Go and sin no more!”

I Don’t Judge Women. Truth Judges Them.

I Don’t Judge Women. Truth Judges Them.

In our devotions the other day, we read these verses: “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, HE IS JUDGED OF ALL: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth” (1 Corinthians 14:24, 25). What does prophesy mean? We are given the answer in 1 Corinthian 14:3: “But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”

Prophesying is speaking the truth of God’s Word. As I wrote last week, I receive comments from women that I’m judging them because I teach the truth of God’s Word. As I was pondering this, I realized that truth always convicts. For those who don’t like being convicted, they shout out at me, “YOU’RE JUDGING!” They want to ignore the conviction of truth instead of change. They enjoy their godless lifestyle more than living in obedience to the Lord.

Truth judges people. It exposes the sin in their hearts and in their lives. This is a good thing if received with a soft and teachable heart. “He is judged by all – By all that speak; by all that they say. The ‘effect’ of what they say shall be, as it were, to pass a ‘judgment’ on his former life; or to condemn him. What is said will be approved by his own conscience, and will have the effect to condemn him in his own view as a lost sinner. This is now the effect of faithful preaching, to produce deep self-condemnation in the minds of sinners.” (Barnes’ Notes)

Therefore, it’s not me who is judging as I am often accused. The truth brings judgment into their lives because it points out their sin and they don’t like this one little bit. When I teach women to be keepers at home, I am not judging career women who choose to work away from their children. The truth of God’s Word is judging these women. When I teach women to be submissive to their husbands, I am not judging unsubmissive women. God’s Word is judging unsubmissive women.

This is why so many women actually hate what I write. They don’t like someone who teaches the truth of God’s Word because of its conviction and judgment in their own hearts. They much prefer their ears to be tickled and feel comfortable with how they are living their lives. They love feminism and what it has accomplished. They don’t like hearing that their entire lives are based upon lies and deceptions from the prince of the power of the air.

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Ephesians 4:17-19

Swift Punishment For Wrong Behavior is a Good Thing

Swift Punishment For Wrong Behavior is a Good Thing

Lenient discipline produces undisciplined children and countries. Strict discipline produces disciplined children and countries. I will give you an example of this from The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot.

“Singapore is one of the cleanest, most efficiently managed, and drug-free cities in the world. Stamped across the entry visas in large red letters are these words: DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG DEALING. It works. It not only saves the city for the citizens, but it saves many a one who would be tempted by the money to deal in drugs. His life is worth more to him than money. The law, then clearly stated and consistently enforced, is his salvation. The city itself is also saved from much crime.”

CNBC reports that, “Singapore’s crime rate is so low that may shops don’t even lock up.” This is how America used to be. Criminals were persecuted swiftly and crime was low. Murderers were given the death penalty. Children could play outside in the neighborhoods until dark without parents being worried about them being stolen. Swift punishment for wrong behavior is a good thing. Children were spanked consistently when they disobeyed and learned to obey quickly.

Dr. Spock, who was not a Christian, brought a “new and improved” way of child raising that was soft on punishment just as the progressives are doing in our country. Children no longer have respect for authority. Crime is on the rise. Many homes have alarm systems on them. Removing swift punishment for wrongdoing in raising children and criminals hurts everyone.

The female mayor of Oakland warned 1,000 illegal criminals that ICE agents were going to be raiding their city, so they all fled. This is a progressive mayor who is more concerned about the safety of criminals rather than safety of her citizens. The entire state of California is a sanctuary state so it can harbor criminals. This is how the left works. They don’t believe in punishing crime so crime grows. They don’t believe in spanking children so children get out of control and don’t obey the authority in their lives.

This is exactly what the Bible predicts will happen when wrong behavior isn’t dealt with swiftly: “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner will do evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him” (Ecclesiastes 8:11, 12).

This is how God disciplines us: “For whom the Lord loves he chastens (to inflict pain for the purpose of reclaiming an offender), and scourges (to afflict for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction) every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6).

This is how God commands we discipline our children: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15). As Elisabeth Elliot wrote, “How foolish and dangerous it is to discard the wisdom of the ages that is given us in the Bible!”

Many today hate God and His ways, therefore, we have a dangerous culture that is getting more dangerous by the day. Don’t allow your children to grow up undisciplined, women. Discipline them swiftly for rebellion and disobedience when they are young. Child raising will then be a blessing instead of a curse. Growing up as a disciplined adult is a great gift that you give your children if you discipline them the biblical way.

The Old Paths are Best!

The Old Paths are Best!

Written By a Retired Minister in Tennessee

I like the old paths…
Moms were at home, dads were at work,
Brothers went into the army and sisters got married
BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay; hard work did
And people knew the difference.
Moms could cook, dads would work,
And children behaved.

Husbands were loving, wives were supportive
And children were polite.
Women wore the jewelry and men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies, men looked like gentlemen
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth and hated a lie!
They came to church to get IN, not to get OUT!
Hymns sounded godly, sermons sounded helpful,
Rejoicing sounded normal, and crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked, drinking was evil,
And divorce was unthinkable!
The flag was honored, America was beautiful,
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public, prayed in school,
And preached from house to house.
To be called American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

Sex was a personal word.
Homosexual was an unheard word.
And abortion was an illegal word.

Preachers preached because they had a message;
Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
Preachers preached from the Bible, Singers sang from the heart,
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!

A new birth meant a new life,
Salvation meant a changed life,
Following Christ led to eternal life.

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God,
Being a deacon meant you served the Lord,
Being a Christian meant you lived for Jesus,
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

Laws were based on the Bible, families read the Bible,
And churches taught the Bible.
Preachers were more interested in new converts
Than new cars and new clothes.
God was worshiped, Christ was exalted,
And the Holy Spirit was respected.

Church was where you found Christians on the Lord’s day
Rather than in the garden, on the creek bank,
On the golf course or being entertained somewhere else.

I still like the old paths best!

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

Healing Ulcerative Colitis Completely

Healing Ulcerative Colitis Completely

When I was five years old, my mom got Ulcerative Colitis and would spend weeks in bed. Ulcerative Colitis is when the colon (the large intestine) is badly damaged and bleeds. Doctors told my mom that there was no cure and told her to eat only white things (white bread, white rice, and white potatoes). They also gave her some drugs. She tried this for a while but only got sicker.

She began to read every book she could find about fasting and decided to try it. She thought if she could give her colon a rest, it would heal. She went to a health retreat in Escondido, California where they had her only drink water for three weeks. Then they gave her fresh vegetable and fruit juices. After this, they began giving her fresh whole vegetables and fruits, along with yams and baked potatoes.

When she got home over a month later, she was skinny but felt great! Her colon was no longer bleeding and she had no pain. A few days later, she went to a BBQ and had a hot dog. This caused her colon to flare right back up but not nearly as bad as before. Periodically during the next few years, she would go on a week juice fast. She also learned to chew each bite many times so her colon wouldn’t have to work hard at digesting the food. (She still chews her food well and eats slowly at 87 years old.)

She learned that she couldn’t eat meat, dairy, fried foods, and junk foods while she was healing. She added brown rice, nuts, fish, and could eat butter and other healthy fats. Finally, her colon completely healed and she hasn’t had a flare up in many, many years. She went to have a colonoscopy to prove to the doctors that she was healed and they confirmed that her colon was indeed healed.

Why am I sharing this with you? Danielle Walker who writes cookbooks has UC and found that she was able to control her UC through diet and supplements. Recently, she had a terrible flare up and was in bed for three weeks. Her diet, supplements, and all that she tried in the past didn’t help this time so she went on steroids. I read many of the comments on her Instagram and many of them were by women who were struggling with the pain of UC. I want these women to know that their colons can heal completely and they don’t have to worry about flare ups!

The Standard American Diet causes Ulcertive Colitis. Constipation along with eating a lot of processed foods that are full of sugar and preservatives harm the colon. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in America. It’s imperative to have a healthy colon.

How do we keep our colons healthy? By eating a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits and making sure we aren’t constipated. Stop eating junk food and try to eat food as close to the way God made it to be eaten. Take magnesium every night before bed to make sure that you are never constipated. Magnesium is an essential mineral that your body needs and helps you sleep better. Finally, make sure you are consuming plenty of probiotics such as kefir, fermented vegetables, and kombucha.

Since my mom was able to completely heal her colon, even though doctors today still say there is no cure, I have found ways to heal things that doctors say one must take antibiotics or drugs to cure or manage the symptoms such as urinary tract and bladder infections, sinus infections, acid reflux and esophagitistendonitis and frozen shoulder, IBS, and skin cancers and warts. I always seek to find natural cures. Our body was created to heal itself of most diseases if given the right nutrition. (Now, if I could only find a way to get rid of my brain tumor!)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 139:14

***Remember, I’m NOT a doctor. I’m just a homemaker who loves to research natural cures and have found many that have worked for my family and me. Information I have given is for educational and informational purposes only and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or course of treatment.
A Response to Tucker Carlson’s “Men are Failing in Body, Mind, and Spirit”

A Response to Tucker Carlson’s “Men are Failing in Body, Mind, and Spirit”

Tucker Carlson had a very tragic monologue on his TV program the other night about how men are failing in body, mind, and spirit. Are we just going to stand by and watch men continue to go down the path to destruction? No! We, as mothers, need to do what we can to raise up masculine men and it is possible; for with God ALL things are possible!

For one thing, the public school system is set up for girls and this is why girls far exceed boys in getting good grades and going to universities. Boys weren’t created to sit still in chairs for hours every day. Because many cannot do this, they are given drugs to calm them down. This is devastating for them! There’s nothing positive about public schools. As one woman wrote to me, “God’s ways are always against the current of the culture!” Homeschooling (parents raising their own children full time) is against the current of the culture.

Make sure you discipline your sons. Teach them to obey you the first time you ask them to do something so they will grow up to obey and respect the authority in their lives. Disciplining them also trains them to be disciplined adults and will benefit them for life.

Boys need to run, jump, climb, build, create, and play. Yes, they need to be taught to work hard, too. This is why country and/or farm life is great for boys. They need room to roam. I homeschooled my sons through junior high and I am so thankful that I did. I bought them great books from Sonlight Curriculum and they read these for two hours a day.

There were autobiographies and biographies of missionaries. There were historical fiction books. All of these books gave my sons a love for reading. Then they would do math for an hour every day. They were good at math and never had any problem with this. There are many great homeschool curriculums online now for all parents who are interested in protecting their children from “a wicked and adulterous generation” (Matthew 16:4).

After they were done with this, I would take them to the beach to surf or they would play ball with each other, then later with their team. We don’t live in the country or on a farm so we kept them active in sports. Ken played with them frequently, too. We didn’t allow them to sit around watching TV for hours every day. We greatly limited the time they could do this.

Concerning the low rates of testosterone, diet has a big play in this. Read this article titled The Decline in Testosterone is Destroying the Basis of Masculinity. Men are drinking water that is contaminated with birth control pills for starters. Plastics are detrimental to sperm count. “Endocrine disrupting agents are mostly found in plastic products and cleaning chemicals. Considering that your home is essentially bathed in these agents, and that most of your food is prepared on them, you can see how pernicious this problem is, affecting both boys and men.”

This is a major reason to only clean with non-toxic products in your home. Eat meat and dairy from cows that were grass-fed and organic so they’re not full of drugs and fed GMO corn. Eat organic foods that were grown without toxic chemicals. Store your food in glass containers. Get a good water filtration system in your home. Get back to eating food the way God created us to eat it!

One of the greatest things you can do for your sons is to stay married to their father until death do you part. Sons NEED a father. They need a father to toughen them up. Don’t interfere with this, women. I have seen too many women scold and stop their husbands from toughening up their sons. Dads want to make their sons tough since this world is tough. They need fathers as role models in their lives. Love and submit to your husband. Smile at him often and stop arguing. Working on having a strong marriage is the most valuable thing you can do for your sons.

Make sure your sons know the Word of God. Read it to them often and have them memorize verses. Encourage them to have daily devotions and hide His Word deeply in their hearts. “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, God’s word remains in you, and you have conquered the evil one” (1 John 2:14). Raise up strong and healthy men of God, women. This culture is tearing down masculinity but masculinity was created by our Creator and is good and needed for a healthy civilization. Homeschool them, feed them nutritious food, love your husband, and raise them up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord and then you will have raised masculine, God-fearing men who will be a benefit to our culture.

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
2 John 2:28

Christian Women are Floundering

Christian Women are Floundering

This post was written by Trey from a comment on this post. Yes, there were women who were terribly angry and offended with Trey for writing this and wrote that it wasn’t biblical. I added scripture to everything he wrote to prove that what he wrote was scriptural. One woman asked him if his wife treated him this way. You can go to the post and see how he responded.

If anything Trey wrote upsets or offends you, research your Bible to see if what he said is true or not. As Christian women, nothing that is in the Word should offend us, even the hard truths because remember, God’s ways are not our ways; For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).

“Christian women are floundering today. They have no idea what they are supposed to do with their lives.”

This is it in a nut shell. Women don’t understand the truth (what the Bible says) about why they were created and what their purpose is on this earth.

Women! Don’t be deceived by the lies of feminism! Women and men are not the same! They are not equal! Although equal in worth and value in the eyes of God and equal in the inheritance of the kingdom, they are not equally created and are not equal in their roles here on this earth. Women were created and equipped to serve a completely different role on the earth than man. The Bible lays out and defines the role of the woman very clearly for anyone who is willing to read. Pray right now and ask God to open your eyes to His truth!

Women were created as a companion and a helper FOR the man. Yes, she was actually created FOR the man. (Genesis 2:18; 1 Corinthians 11:9)

She was created to bring glory to the man. (1 Corinthians 11:7)

She is to get married, have children, and keep house. (1 Timothy 5:14)

A woman’s husband is her head. He is her highest authority on this earth, second only to Christ in his authority over her. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

She is to submit to, serve and obey her husband in everything, as long as he does not ask her to sin. She is to do this even if her husband is mean, unreasonable and cruel and it causes her unjust suffering. (Ephesians 5:22-24; 1 Peter 2:19-23; 1 Peter 3:1; 1 Peter 3:5, 6; Titus 2:5; Colossians 3:18) “For what glory is it, if, when  ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable to God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps…Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:20, 21, 23) If you’re marriage is in crisis, please read this post.

She is to submit to her husband just as she would submit to Jesus Himself if He were living in the house with her. (Ephesians 5:22)

She is not to teach or have authority over any man in the church. (1 Timothy 2:12)

She is to remain silent in the corporate gatherings of the church while the teaching is occurring. Literally during this time, she is not to speak but if she desires to learn anything, she is to ask her husband at home. (1 Timothy 2:11; 1 Corinthians 14:34, 35)

In and through all of this she is to reverence her husband, showing him the highest form of respect, mingled with fear. (1 Peter 3:5, 6;  Ephesians 5:33)

She is to understand that all of the service, submission, obedience, and reverence that she does for and to the glory of her husband, she is actually doing for and to the glory of the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)

Ladies, if you are married you cannot say that you are serving the Lord unless you are obeying what He has commanded you regarding how you treat your husband.

How deep does this really go? In 1 Peter 3:6, it tells us that “Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord.” That word we translate into English as “lord” is the Greek word “kurios.” Kurios literally means an owner and master; a person who exercises absolute ownership rights. Sarah considered her husband to be her owner and her master and she is held up to you as an example to follow. Do you consider your husband to be your owner and your master? Does the way you treat him reflect this?

This is what woman was created for and what she is supposed to do with her life. This is where her life will find value, meaning, purpose, blessing and reward.

Just as Eve was deceived and led to the fall of mankind into sin, women today are being deceived and are leading to the fall the family, the church, and to all of Western Civilization.

Just as a wise woman can build her house up but the foolish woman can tear it down with her own hands, the same holds true for a civilization and we are seeing that unfold before our very eyes. The world is going to go the way it goes but as Christians, we are told to be in the world but NOT OF IT. As Christians our lives and marriages are supposed to look different. Does your life look different? Does your marriage look different? Are you really a Christian?

Are you living out the purpose for which you were created… serving, submitting to, obeying, and bringing glory to your husband, or are you tearing your house, your church, and all of civilization down with your own hands? Pray that God will open your eyes to His truth for when you know the truth, the truth will set you free.

Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1 Corinthians 11:9

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