Friday, January 17, 2020

Public Schooling (Secular Education) is Disobedience to God

Herein lies the primary reason why Christians should not use government schools: 
Having been educated myself in public school through college, having become a Christian at age 33, and having put our five children through combinations of public and private Christian schools, I can only look back and confess that I was not always obedient in “education.” I wish every day I could relive some of those years and do it “by the Book,” but those days are gone. It is only the present in which we can decide to be obedient in this all-important field we call education. 
The Bible says, “[Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.]” (Proverbs 22:6). There is simply no easy way around the fact that placing our children in an anti-Christian education system is not training them up in the way they should go. Many parents want to say, “But we are giving our children Bible training at home.” Really? Are you going back to all the subject matter your children are taking and giving them a Scripture-based education to correct wrong teaching? If so, you are in essence homeschooling them, so why continue to have them enrolled in the government school? If you mean that you are giving your children moral training, and letting the government school give them “academic” training, you are simply denying them a Christian worldview. Your children are being given an anti-Christian worldview in all subjects at the local government school... 
Dan Smithwick, Founder of Nehemiah Institute
I can think of many other reasons and Scriptures that show why sending our children to the secular school system is disobedience to the Lord, but I do agree that the above quote lists one of the major reasons.  Are we hoping to send our children through the government school system to "get an education" with the hope that they will somehow come out "unscathed" and unharmed?  Several women have shared the consequences of public schooling in the comments here.  Thank you, ladies, for sharing, and may the Lord bless you and save all of your children.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Sending Your Children to School is a Horrible Mistake

"Maybe twenty years from now the Christian parents who are sending their children to government schools will wake up and recognize that this was a horrible mistake - that this was tantamount to child abandonment, child endangerment, and child abuse. But now they defend it as a spiritual thing - 'helping our children to be missionaries.' Little do they realize that they are asking PAGANS to disciple their children to become PAGANS. And it's horrifying." 
-- Phillip Kayser

How very true.  Christian parents need to be aware and wake up to this fact--that when they send their children off to public school (government school), they are sending them off to be indoctrinated by pagans, by those who defy the Lord and have no interest in Him.  Why?  Why send our precious gifts from God to be spiritually slaughtered in their minds and hearts?  Should we not take great care to train them up ourselves?  We need to take great care with our children. They were not given to be missionaries when they are yet children and unconverted.  Even if they've been born again, they are not spiritually fit to take on a school system of unbelief and antagonism towards God.  And Psalm 1 says:
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Loving Marriage

"The husband should show his love to his wife by covering infirmities; by avoiding occasions of strife; by sweet, endearing expressions; by pious counsel; by love tokens; by encouraging what he sees amiable and virtuous in her; by mutual prayer; by associating with her, unless detained by urgency of business. The pilot who leaves his ship and abandons it entirely to the merciless waves, declares that he does not value it or reckon there is any treasure in it." 
~Thomas Watson, Godly Man's Picture, pg. 156
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Let's Get it Straight About the Proverbs 31 Woman

So many professing Christian women today have such a thoroughly career and feminist mindset, that they see the opportunity or mandate to make money in all the women of the Bible.  This is especially the case with the Proverbs 31 woman.  But, let's get it straight.  The Proverbs 31 woman was not a real estate agent, nor did she hold any other sort of career we might dream up.  She was a woman of great virtue, who went to great lengths in taking care of her family.  She was a description of a virtuous woman that King Lemuel's mother was admonishing him to seek as he looked for a wife.  If we use this as a cause or excuse to go out to work away from our families, we are being deceived by the Enemy of our souls.  We need only look to Genesis to see who is to be the provider for the household: the husband, who is to toil by the sweat of his brow to see that the needs of his family are met.  Why take on that curse, oh Christian women?

For a more thorough look into this assumption about the Proverbs 31 woman, I will now direct you to a post by my friend Lady Lydia, which points out some of the errors of looking at the Proverbs 31 woman as someone who was interested in making money. There is also some discussion on this same trait that is often ascribed to Lydia in the Bible.  Neither were career women!  And even more than that, we are always to look to the directions given to us in Scripture, and to only follow other people as much as they are following those commands given by the Lord in His Word.

Lady Lydia's post can be read here {Proverbs 31: Career Woman? (And Lydia, Seller of Purple)}.

Another excellent post Lady Lydia has written on the Proverbs 31 woman is Taking Time to Reflect.

Other posts Lady Lydia has done about the Proverbs 31 Woman:
Some of the Other Things in Proverbs 31
Caring for Your Own

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Puckered Sewing

"There is a home of wealth and splendor in which the most sacred and precious household treasure, is a piece of puckered sewing...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Woman's Role

What kind of example have we been? What kind of examples will we be? Will we teach our daughters about woman's role, about the dignity of bearing children, about God's sovereignty over our bodies? Or will we assert the "right to control my body," that cornerstone of self-worshiping feminism? Will we humble ourselves, admitting that we have sinned? Will we pray and seek God's face? Will we turn from our wicked ways and embrace our role as willing, even joyous, mothers of children?

~Mary Pride

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Monday, December 9, 2019

The History of Aprons

Someone recently shared with me the "history of aprons", which I thought I'd share with you below.  One of my daughters is currently taking a sewing course and surprised me with a beautiful apron she made for me!  I will have to get a picture of it to share with you.  For many years, I've been wearing an apron when cooking in the kitchen and never want to go without now.

The History of Aprons

I don't think most children today know what an apron is. The principle use of Mom's or Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, she wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, she walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Mom's and Grandma's used to set hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

A Christian's Response to Abortion

"The typical Christian response [to abortion] is that our sins have been (1) lack of political involvement and (2) lack of acceptance for unwed mothers. This is not correct. We are not all called to be lobbyists or politicians any more than we are all called to be preachers. Nor do we owe it to every unwed mother to provide her with money, a home, a day-care center, and a job (to say nothing of pushing her into this feminist careerist lifestyle). Mercy? Yes, for repentant sinners. Compassion? Yes, for those who ask for help. We do need to repent of our sins before God; but political naivete and a strong stand against fornication are not sins. Nor have they caused abortions." 
~Mary Pride

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fewer American Women are Having Babies

The National Center for Health Statistics has announced that the U.S. fertility rate declined in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching a record low of 59.1 births for every 1,000 women able to bear children.  Only 59.1 births per 1,000 women?  That is incredibly low!

The total fertility rate in 2018 was 1.73, which is below replacement levels for the general population.

How were things in past years?  Has it changed that much?  The median age for childbearing in the 1970s was 21 for women and 23 for men, but in 2018 the median age was all the way up to 28 for women and 30 for men.

Why should this matter to Christians and why am I posting about it?  Christians should be the most fruitful bunch on the earth, because we should realize that each life is given by God, and we have no right to take those lives away nor prevent them in the first place.  We see many times in God's Word that it is the Lord Who opens and closes the womb.  For more information on this, please see our other posts on birth control.

Why should Christians long for more children from the Lord?  Because we want to raise them up for God's glory and service for Him.  Our light is sadly being diminished because many Christians are taking it into their hands to limit their family size.  We find this nowhere in the Bible.

This is also another reason that Christian young men and women should desire to marry early, rather than pursuing education and careers before marriage.  Young women should be trained by their mothers to be wives, mothers, and homemakers, while young men should be kept away from time-wasters like TV shows and video games, and instead be taught a strong work-ethic and desire to look for a godly young woman to complete him and raise a family with for God's kingdom.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

"Family Planning" is Not What You Think

In the 1910's and 1920's, the entire social order–religion, law, politics, medicine, and the media–was arrayed against the idea and practice of birth control. This opposition began in 1873 when an overwhelmingly Protestant Congress passed, and a Protestant president signed into law, a bill that became known as the Comstock Law, named after its main proponent, Anthony Comstock. The U.S. Congress classified obscene writing, along with drugs, and devices and articles that prevented conception or caused abortion, under the same net of criminality and forbade their importation or mailing.

This was all birth control, not just the ones Christians now see as abortifacient.  We need to return to giving the Lord sovereignty over our wombs, dear women.  I have other articles on this subject--just look in the Categories under the heading Birth Control.

"The dreadful truth is that most of the excuses that women give for having their children killed through abortion are the exact same reasons we give for not having children." ~Randall Terr
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