Monday, January 10, 2011

Raising kids or cows?

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it"(Proverbs 22:6).
   God has honored mothers with the blessed privilege of being the daily trainer of their young children. He did not place this responsibility in Grandmas hands or with good friends, teachers, or babysitters. That does not mean that the others may not have to raise someone other than their own children. All of us mothers will stand before God one day and give an cccount of how we trained our children. To love our children is to devote ourselves fully to their training. If we fail here, we fail as a help meet. Husbands go away to work and leave their young children in our care. They trust us to train them up to be all that they can be. If we fail our children, we fail our husband, and we fail God.
   Some of the new commercial translations say, "Discipline up a child in the way he should go..." We will not put that text in bold because it does not deserve status as Scripture. Only someone who knows little about God and the Hebrew language and even less about children would trtanslate what God said in such a way. God said "train up,", not discipline up. The Hebrew word translated "train up" appears only four other times, and each time it is translated "dedicate." Parents train up their children by dedicating themselves, their time, and their children to that which God desires for them to become as an adult. That is not discipline; it is a commission from God to train them as a full-time occupation. Training up a child means showing them how to; make corn tortillas, pedal a bicycle, make up a bed, put toys away, cook for forty people in one hour, read, demonstrate respect for others, and a thousand other wonderful things. For a mother who loves her children, training is not a chore, it is a full-time consuming passion. They are worth every minute of time and trouble to every "dedicated" mother.
   Little Esther is only 5 years old. She is quite confident and competent in setting the table or folding the clothes. She knows the difference between the applications of cabbage and lettuce, because when she helps to make salad and slaw, her mother discusses the whys and wherefores of all that they are doing. When she is asked to wash the broccoli and cauliflower she knows the hows and whys, because mama has taken the time to explain in short sentences.
   Esther helps fold the clothes and put them away.
she knows all her colors, because from the earliest age she has helped separate dirty clothes into different color piles.  When Esther takes a book off the shelf, she chooses carefully, because she wants books that have words she can read. She can read many words, not because she has been officially schooled, but her her mother has always taken time to read to her, occasionally stopping to point out words and how to say them. All this has been fun.
 When Esther starts school she will alaready know how to read many words. Therefore, learning will not be a tense, fearful exercise but only a continuatin of her first five years of informal teaching. Her mother spends all day stimulating her developing mind with intriguing ideas.
   Esthers mother has 10 chldren, you may not, yet she is not to busy for Esther or her younger brother. Many little children are not so blessed as Esther. Some mothers treat their children as I treat my cows. I make sure they have good things to eat, clean water, and a place to exercise. If they show any signs of sickness, I attend tothem immediately.   
   This is good for cows, but i fyou raise kids like that, you're going to have a brood of little dummies.   
   Unlike your care for the cows, the training of your children is the deepest expression of your love for them.
Mothers, PLEASE don't take all of this and belittle yourself, because yo don't DO exactly as this mother did, but, take what God would have you do, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, and listen to the Holy spirit whisper in your ear as to how to apply this.

"The woman who invests in a childs life will be the one the child loves and with whom the child bonds."

Love to all who read...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Annie Johnson Flint Poem....

Another Poem from Annie Johnson Flint...enjoy!!!!

The Kingdom that tuurned the world upside down....

During WW11, the US government rationed a large number of items. Rubber was the first to be rationed. Gas soon followed. Before long, the government began rationing sugar, coffee, meats, butter, canned goods,dry peas and beans, and a variety of other things. Eventyally, the government rationed or restricted even such items as shoes and clothing.
   Now, what would people have thought of a person who claimed to be a zealous patriot if we were caught stealing gas from a local refinery so that he wouldn't have to endure the inconvenience of wartime gas rationing? What if the same person broke numerous other wartime laws?  
Would anyone have called him a true patriot? They would have called him a hypocrite, a fraud, and even a traitor.
   Its no difference in Christs Kingdom.  Jesus has issued various laws and commandments, and all of His laws are wartime laws.  When we break His laws, we show ourselves to be traitors. We show that we have no real love for our new country. We want to enjoy the benefits of living under His government, but we dont want to incur any inconveniences. Jesus sees right through any fake patriotism for His Kingdom, any artificial love for Him.

More tomorrow....
LOVE to all who read...

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Jesus Way.......Annie Johnson Flint

This is a link to the  Annie Johnson Flint Poem,
"The Jesus Way"..
Hope you enjoy it...

Seeking something higher than God......................

Dear Mr Pearl....
I am a busy mother whose children go to a Christian school. I am realizing that without another close female in my life who could share house duties, it is harder on me than it should be. I meet with 2 prayer groups each week and have them pray for me and my family by name. My biggest need is for help  physically in caring for the house work and someone to sit in quiet worship with me. I need at least 4 hours per week of meditation time & self- actualization time. It is 4 am now and i'm up writing my friends to ask for prayer and see if they know of any girls with 5 children of their own who might be as stressed as I am. I am frustrated because of my culture and my isolation from regular and close fellowship with wise women. I have a heart desire to change my current lifestyle and to live a rich, full, and meaningful life, and I am motivated so because I want the best for God. I trust you will send me some good advice.
Love in Him...

Dear sister T.P.;
  Your divine calling is to serve your family. True worship of God is not dependent upon other people or special circumstances, nor does it require a time of meditation. The Spirit of God is present when you wash the dishes or pick up(for the 40th time), the dirty clothes, and he is there while you  prepare meals for your family in the evening, or while you wipe a snotty nose... God never intended for you to have intimacy with another woman, whether in worship or otherwise. Stimulating your own inner feelings in the name of worship is selfish, approaching idolatry. Your seeking of "self-actualization" in the name of spiritiality is a mixture of foolish psychology and emotional insecurity.
   You are part of a trend sweeping through church womens circles--a pursuit of intimacy and deep feelings apart from your husband. This inner-stimulation is what my husband calls"spiritual masturbation". It has nothing to do with the God of The Bible. It is Spiritually more akin to Eastern Mystic meditation. when  your spirituality competes with your service to others(especially your husband and family), it is just that---"your spirituality". Jesus said to Peter,"do you love me"...then "feed my sheep". God does not call women to be mountain-top gurus or to seek someone out for their personal benefit. He commands them to be "keepers at home", to "obey their husbands," to "render due benevolence(make love to him)," and "reverence" him. Remember that the sin of Eve was to seek deeper understanding and to be like the gods. Independent of her husband, she thought to go deeper. Her ambition was personal spiritual fulfillment. Which is the most selfish drive that can possess a person and the easiest to justify, humanly speaking. It is that foundation of all sin and rebellion.
   Learn to read the Scriptures just a few minutes per day or here and there throughout the day, and meditate on what you read as you work. Sing unto the Lord. Dont allow the "lonely womens club" menatlity to sweep over you and away from your role as a wife and mother. Your time at church and prayer meeting is sufficient enough time with other women. Focus on your life and your life at home for your husband  and children
   There is grave danger in becoming emotionally dependent on other women. Too many times I have seen this lead to something abnormal and sick. Your husband and God should be the ones to whom you turn for emotional support and intimacy. Women who seek higher spirituality end up feeling and acting spiritually superior to their husbands and others in the church, and its a death knell to a healthy, marriage  .Spend that "desired" spiritual time with your husband, where real growth and maturity can and will be found.
   Seek to serve your family by tying your little ones shoelaces, reading a book to your toddler, telling a simple bible story to the whole gang, and making sweet love with your husband. these are the things that God counts as important in knowing and loving him.

Love to you..Debi

   "A wise woman never expects anyone to serve her, and is therefore never dissappointed. She is ready to help, always the giver. By her example, her children learn to cheerfully and energetically serve."

Love to all who read.