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Where Does Your Empowerment Lie

Women have, since the beginning of my knowledge, been fighting among each other and men. Between being equal with men and being working moms or not. I could write several books on the ups and downs of women’s rights and the feminist movement. Oh wait, those have already been done. And yet we don’t really see any coming together of women as a whole.

Women claim to want empowerment, meaning: to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means. It is unfortunate that women only think about how to get power or above others instead of how to work together for the greater good of God and His people. No matter what sex or race they may be. I tell my children that women are capable of doing everything that a man can do, and sometimes even better, however that doesn’t mean that we (women) have to or should. I have also told my children that there will always be somebody who will be able to do something better than they can. And there are several reasons for this, like desire, drive, education, support etc.

I have known women to turn on others simply because they felt that they didn’t have any power and that the other woman does. It doesn’t matter. Titus 3: 1-3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. When there is a job to do women are capable of doing it. But instead of admiring the women doing said job, they attack.

God has already empowered women. Women have thrown away the gifts of life, nurturing and love and all for their hunger of power. These women feel the lack of control in their life. Instead of embracing the changes going on around them, they go into the fight or flight mode. Fighting, by putting down everyone around them, because they disagree with them. Flying by claiming to be victims of whatever the problem was. Because of these actions, women are on their own making life even harder on themselves and others.

Placing your energy on your God-given gifts into others instead of yourself will make you one of the most powerful, intelligent, influential persons within your circle of people. Matthew 5: 13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Our lives are not to be lived out by what we think but by what God has told us. During which time, He never said it would be easy or that we would like it. Only that it brings Glory to Him.

We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

What has been going on and on and ……

Well I fell of the “World of Blogging” again.  To just give everyone a little update, I have decided to post a lot of pictures to tell what has been going on.  When last we talked we were headed to Ok to pick Joey up from college.  The trip over was done in one day.  Yes, it seemed like it was a long day however, we had the younger boys with us this time and our time was spent showing them the sites as well as talking.  My mother-in-law had given us some car bingo game boards and wouldn’t you know it, I left them on the coffee table when we left.  I was so upset with myself.  But we had fun playing the license plate game and our version of car wars. May 04 2012_3693    May 04 2012_3708    May 04 2012_3674    May 04 2012_3672The weather was not the greatest as it rained all the way there and back.  But at least there wasn’t storms.  I will have to remember to always have umbrellas with us on trips.

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 We picked up a couple of souvenirs at the huge white cross in Effingham, IL.  I still can’t get over just how wide Missouri is.  It seem like it took forever to get through.  And all along the way the same billboard, which was done different on everyone but none the less for the same place.  And when we first starting reading them it sounded fun, but after a while it was a real turnoff.

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Finally, we got to the hotel, and all any of us wanted to do was to go to bed.  Well ,all of us except Joey.  Good thing the hotel was just across the street and all he had to do was walk over. Aug 12 2011_1824

So the next morning, we all got up, had breakfast and went over to get Joey and the rest of his stuff.  He was at least smart enough (thanks to his dad) to get a storage unit that he is splitting with other ORU students so that we don’t have to keep toting everything back and forth.  After showing the boys around the campus, and seeing the inside of ORU’s new “Hammer” building we took to the road again. May 05 2012_3568  May 05 2012_3579  May 05 2012_3583    May 05 2012_3596

Although I brought a lot of snacks we really need to get lunch so here is where we stopped at.    May 05 2012_3634

    If you look closely, you can see that you can drive right under it.  The kids and I thought it was pretty neat.  However, it could use a makeover.  Again the drive was long, but we decided to go back in two days as opposed to one, like we did getting there.  I think Sam enjoyed staying at the hotels the most.  I could see the excitement in his eyes.  The newness of the towns the way people do things and then to have a place that had beds that they didn’t have to make up or the free breakfast just down stairs that he didn’t have to wait on.  Well that was just the best!  We did make one stop on the way home that everyone wanted to see when we saw a sign for it.    May 05 2012_3644

  Yes, it was a little off our track, but who else can say that they have seen the world largest rocker.  Now we can.  The had a little shop next to it and some of the stuff in there was a little creepy and neat.    May 05 2012_3658

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  Believe it or not, but that sign was in the ladies restroom along with other items that are less than appealing when you need to go.    Well now we are home and we are back to the usual of taking Joey back and forth to work while still home schooling the boys and Sierra is studying for finals.  I can’t believe that next year we will have a sophomore in college, a junior in high school and a freshman in high school, plus a 6th. grader.  This Friday I am getting three of my sister’s kids as they are in the process of moving.  I told her she wasn’t getting any of them back.  I just love them to death.  They are the sweetest and some of the smartest littles that I have seen.  (Bragging Aunt here)   Well now you’re caught up.  Until next time gang.

The Attack is ON

Ok, so lately (like the last 15 years or so), we have been under attack.  We Americans, We Christians, We married, We stay at home moms.  Now I’m not a person who likes to go looking for a fight, but enough is enough.  Recently, we (Americans) were under attack in Boston.  The hubby and I just happened to have the t.v. on the Fox channel and watched in shock and not so shocked amazement.  We are shocked over the fact that people still have so little care over killing people that they don’t even know.  Killing people of all ages, nationalities, and beliefs.  People, who have put everything aside, who have been training for who knows how long,  to compete in a physical race that most of us wouldn’t even know how to begin except for placing our feet on the starting line.  And after the first line of bloodshed and mayhem, we then pray.  We pray for everyone.  All of those who were running, all who were waiting on the side for their loved ones, all those who were volunteering  all those who went running towards the destruction instead of running away, all those who couldn’t contact each other, all of the doctors and nurses who would have to deal with the trauma coming  through the hospital doors.

We were not so shocked that there are still terrorists running around in our country.  We were not so shocked that the government messed up (again) in allowing them to be here.  We were not so shocked that they were able to get the supplies that they needed to pull of this mass destruction.  And sadly we were not so shocked to see that they, (the ones who pulled it off)  were so young.

When I am asked to pray for someone, I do it with my full heart and soul.  Because I believe in the power of prayer.  But if I express my belief in the Bible or of Jesus, I get criticized for doing it.  I get labeled a hater. All over twitter and Facebook people were sending out words of encouragement and prayers.  I did not see one person telling another to stop.  I did however see a lot of people asking for more and more prayer though.  Funny, how when they don’t see what else can be done by them, they turn to the Christian and ask them to pray.  Without a moment of hesitation or guilt for the words they had just used to try to cut you down with.

If you are married to the opposite sex, lookout!  You are going to (if you haven’t already) get hit with mean and ugly looks from those who are trying to get away with marrying the same-sex.  I’ll be quite honest with you, when I was a teen, I rarely saw or heard about homosexuals.  When I did, I thought that it was a “phase or trendy” thing that would go away with some time (or when common sense kicked in).  But now, I supposed to believe that my marriage is in the minority of what people think is acceptable!  I think that these are the people who need the most prayer.  I do believe that they are lost in what is the difference between right and wrong.

And now I’ve got this Melissa Harris-Perry lady telling the world that their children, my children don’t “belong” to me.  That they belong to the community! What a load of bull!!!  After I raise them they become a part of the community that they choose to live in.  In the manner that they choose to live. Not the community telling me how to raise my child that God gave to me.  I don’t go at this alone.  I have God, my husband, my friends and family on both sides, and Church.  And I would love to see if (which I am really thinking that this is the case) she is trying to get God and the Church out of my children’s lives.  And then at the end of her little video she has “lead forward”, which is an attempt to show that she supports Obama. Here is the link to the video if you would like to see it.   http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51498490/t/caring-children-share-your-story/#.UXi7OaJJ7DM      As if that is in her favor.  Not where I am concerned it isn’t.

So now I sit here typing as all of my rights are being taken away from me and I’m not supposed to do anything about it.  I am no longer allowed to be me, myself in a land that I was born in, which is supposed to be free.  Which is supposed to have given me rights and has had those rights upheld for hundred of years from men, and now women, who have died for you and me.  Yes, my friend, the attack in on.  I’ll just leave you with these few scriptures to think about before you leave.  John 7:7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.    2 Peter 2:12-15    But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.  Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way , and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bo-sor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Words And Charity Part 2

Let us all give.  We all want that wonderful feeling that comes over us when we give a gift to someone and you can see that it is just what he or she needed/wanted.  Most of us, who give, don’t always get that vision to get us to give again or give more.  We hear about all that the “country” gives to other countries and then (at least I) hear about how upsetting it is when there are so many problems right here in the United States.  We do have problems.  These problems are not going to go away all on their own.  Not until we give.  Most people feel as if they already give enough because of all the taxes that are taken out of every ones checks before they even get to see how much they have made.  Then of course, we have our own monthly bills that have to get paid.  So the end of the paycheck is just that, the end.  For a lot of people there is no money “left over” after all of that.  But of course, Christians know that we are to first give our tenth to God.  Then the bills come last.  We want to “charity” the home first.  We look on money as if it is ours.  “We worked for it, of course it’s mine,……right?”  WRONG.  The money is God’s.  However, when we give to the church, what are you really looking at?  Are you looking at an extra pair of jeans for the kids, or are you seeing people being fed.  Are you keeping everyone in a cellphone or are you covering a young child with a blanket.  Are you feeling entitled to get a new pair of shoes or are you feeling entitled to medicate those who are without?  Charity begins at home, and we have to ask ourselves if our homes give to charity.  Not the other way around.

Now I am not saying that you can’t get the jeans, cellphones, or shoes. But what I am saying is, are you or I, giving charity first before the so called needs of our own?  I know that my kids can go for a long time before we have to get all the extras.  Having three boys, the younger two have had a lot of hand-me-downs.  My daughter and I love to go shopping.  We always have a good time.  But when we go, we go to the shops that aren’t on the norm.  You know, like the second hand stores or in the clearance section.  Then when we are home, we get to see just how much we saved on buying them there compared to the department stores.  We are never out of style.  At least, not unless we are in the mood to be.  The boys however get to (at least in their eyes) get new clothes every fall and spring.  We put all of the clothes that the older one has outgrown into a tote.  Then when the season has changed, so does their wardrobes.  They think it is great to be able to wear something that their “big” brother has worn.  Then with the clothes that no one can wear we donate.  Depending on how little or great the growth spurts have been dictates on how much we donate.  And the kids are excited about it all.  Because they have enjoyed their clothes so much and the thought of someone else wearing them is “cool” to them.

We try to get to know our neighbors, and if we hear that someone is in need of something we have, we give it freely.  Believe me, we have gotten some strange looks when we tell people to keep it (whatever it was).  We have taken the giving to others out of our church and put it into the hands of the government.  This should stop.  So now, if people want to give, they have to jump thru hoops to get it done.  People, I have found, distrust churches.  For reasons of their own, they think that the churches keep every single cent that comes to them.  Yes, churches do need money.  They have bills of their own to pay just as we do.  But we tend to turn our ears off when they talk about all the missionary work that they are pledging to.  Or the family whose house caught fire and now have nothing.  The beginning of charity should (I believe) begin in the home.  The home is where it is taught when and how to do it.  But that isn’t the only place of need.  Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Re-post: Do You Devalue Me Just Because I’m A SAHM?

Hey there ladies and gents.  I wrote this last year and I got a lot of people talking.  Most were supportive of my views.  Some let me have it.  So I thought with all the talk going around about moms these days, that I would see if it is still relevent.

Let me first start off by saying I am not trying to start a war between moms. I happen to see value in every person in the world. I do not judge you by color, who you are or are not married to, the type of job you or your husband may have, where you live or don’t live, what kind of car you drive, where your children go to school, or what kind (if any) of education you have. I personally try my best to treat people the way that I would like to also be treated. Like a person.

Lately I have been reading a few articles and not only have they gotten me upset but also confused. The women writing these articles are telling women to not be Stay-at-home-moms at all and that if they do their children will resent them for it. Because you won’t have the money to allow them to do all the stuff that they would like to do. Is this really true? Do children resent their parents because they say no to them? I am a child of a SAHM. I have already gone through the bummed out feeling in not getting to do everything that I wanted. However, there was a lot that I did get to do. And as I grew up, I gained understanding that in the real world even adults don’t get everything that they want. My children are going through the same situations now. Even though my two younger sons don’t always get it, my other two children do. Because as they grow I take the time in teaching and showing them how the world works with regards to wages, prices of food and clothing…etc. My goal would be that all my children understand decisions of money and how we (their parents) prioritize where that money goes.

The articles go on to say that if I am not earning a pay check then I am devalued as a mom by society and that the day-to-day things that I do won’t really matter in the end. (Seriously?!) That word devalue really makes my knuckle white. They go on to say that I should have skills in getting a job so that if things like divorce, disability, or getting laid off happens to my husband, I then have to take over the responsiblity of earning the wages. Now as I have posted earlier, my husband has MS. So I know and have known that some day I may have to go to “work.” But I also thought that people were supposed to prepare for “what if” all the while enjoying the life they have. Not preparing with dread and doom. Personally, I’m for getting as much education as you would like to or need to have. We raise our children that everyone should learn something new each and every day of their lives. Whether you learn from school or social life. Learning is good. I am not here to tell anyone what they should or should not do in their lives. Because we have all been given the blessing of choice. I also know that there are moms who choose to work rather than stay at home. I don’t think less of them because of their choice. And yes, I am also aware that some moms are put in situations that make it so that they have to work. I support them because they are moms. I am in the understanding that a mom is an extremely important “job.” No matter what! I would not dare tell someone that society devalues them just because they have to work; no I say good for you being able to do for your family.

I guess it is the wording of things like (have to, society, skills, devalue) that have me all over the place. Normally, I would care less of what people thought of me. But I feel that I am a representation of my family also. So isn’t what society thinks of me also the same of what they think of my family? Because I don’t have a wage paying job, is my family looked at negatively for it? Should I tell my daughter that her husband might leave her and that she should never stop working outside the house? Or that her husband might lose his job or get disabled and she might have to support the family before she says her “I dos?” I don’t think marriage would look that great to her if I were to do those things. I have however told her that she can become anything she would like to be. And that her father and I would help and support her if and when needed. I want my daughter to be proud of the choices she makes. I want her to be her own woman. I don’t want her growing up and in her heart not really liking men because of the “what if’s.” So I am asking you SOCIETY, am I really useless in the world just because I am a SAHM? Let me and others know your feeling on this.

Special People

Hey gang.  This is just a something that was sent to me by my mommy-in-law.  I hope it brightens your day, if even just a little.
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT’S CHRISTIAN PERSON WEEK AND YOU SHOULD SEND THIS TO ALL BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE.

When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not trying to be strong.
 I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not bragging of success.
 I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not claiming to be perfect.
 My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I still feel the sting of pain.
 I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day.
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