Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
Psalm 144:15

Friday, January 29, 2010

Enjoying our Days!

"As thy days, so shall thy strength be." Deuteronomy 33:25

"He that hath so many causes of joy, and so great, is very much in love with sorrow and peevishness, who loses all these pleasures, and chooses to sit down upon his little handful of thorns. Enjoy the blessings of this day, if God sends them; and the evils of it bear patiently and sweetly: for this day is only ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow. But if we look abroad, and bring into one day's thoughts the evil of many, certain and uncertain, what will be and what will never be, our load will be as intolerable as it is unreasonable."
- Jeremy Taylor

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Poems and Ponderings

I love this poem, this is my hope. I pray to the Lord I might keep my thoughts pure and chaste, no matter what is happening in my life.

The Lady of the Lambs

She walks- the lady of my delight-
A shepherdess of sheep.
Her flocks are thoughts. She keeps them white;
She guards them from the steep.
She feeds them on the fragrant height,
And folds them in for sleep.

She roams maternal hill and bright;
Dark valleys safe and deep.
Her dreams are innocent at night;
The chastest stars may peep.
She walks- the lady of my delight-
A shepherdess of sheep.

She holds her little thoughts in sight,
Though gay they run and leap.
She is so circumspect and right;
She has her soul to keep.
She walks- the lady of my delight-
A shepherdess of sheep.

- Alice Meynell

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Back in the Saddle again.

Jonathan and Jesse

Monday, January 18, 2010

An afternoon of bliss

Last summer Jonathan and I took Lizzie and Bella on a trip to feed our horses and the girls were in ecstasy!!!!

They fed the horses themselves!!

Jewel ran like the wind when she heard us. We raced her to the barn-no contest.

The wind in your face and an older brother to push the gas pedal.

Best Friends

Poems and Ponderings

Tucking In

Every night before I go to sleep
I go upstairs and laughing creep
Bending over snuggly beds
To kiss three sisters’ baby heads.

The first is Lou with eyes aglow
Who laughs and wiggles sweet and slow
And loudly exclaims, “a’ din, a’ din,”
“I tiss you, Adie, more a’ din!"

Then comes Bella; black eye’s mild.
A most contented, happy child
Who hugs my head and leans up to say,
“Adie, Adie, please don’t go away.”

Lizzie’s face is red with lyrics;
“Maddie it’s too dawk!” Has hysterics.
Then puts her teary, chubby cheeks down
Whispers, “I don’t like my gown.”

*Written by Madeleine*

A night at our house

While I was blogging, a host of munchkins hid and spied on me from a safe distance- lest I tickle them to death.

"Awwww, Mom! Lentil soup for supper!!!"

"Hey, this is really good!"

"Only you can prevent dining room fires!"

Attack of the Baby Katie!!!!!

I Fired the Feminists

A few days ago I burned some feminist, humanistic influences in my life. It was a relief and a joy getting rid of some things I had been holding onto that did not glorify God. My family and I made a party of it. My brother and I had fun burning two well-known classics in our family's fireplace.
Ever since I was eleven I truly loved a work of Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. I have read the story at least twenty times; my life revolved around the lives of Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg. I quoted it, savored it, and basically lived it. I gave copies to all my girlfriends and talked over the elements of each chapter.
As I grew older I began to see little sermons were woven into the theme of the story. I studied Louisa May Alcott's life and found to my amazement that she was an avid feminist and a scholar of Thoreau and Emerson. After that, every time I picked up the book yet another anti-biblical philosophy came to light.
Jo,the heroine, proclaims throughout the book her desire to shun her feminity and pursue a life of manly activities; detesting any feminine and delicate dress, speech, or action. She is written as a humorous character; funny and delightful. This was Mrs. Alcott's way of influencing the reader, through gentle persuasion, that women possesing the passion for manly pursuits have a noble goal. Although on a much more subdued level than many modern books, this story has a sermon; which, in my life, has done much damage. Mrs. Alcott took her humanistic feminism and placed it among ribbons, posies and aprons. Dripping poison in honey will kill just as quickly. Jo is independent, strong willed, and unprotected. The father head in the story is obsolete, missing in the beginning and hidden in his library in the end.
The second book is Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, a book I had five copies of and treasured just as much as Little Women. The Lord has convicted me that again, this is more feminist propaganda.
Anne is the scholarly, young, liberated girl, winning the highest grades and living to go to college. Diana, made to stay home and learn the ways of homemaking by an over-controlling mother; marries and has children way before progressively modern thinking Anne does. Anne's life flows in easy and happy thoughts, Anne dreams. Diana is drudging along with a family to spoil everything. Mrs. Montgomery even mocked two extremely godly preachers; Dwight L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon. The slow boy, Moody Surgeon, mocked and scorned by the rest of the school district eventually chooses a career of divinity. This open scorn for Christ and his workers in an object of hilarity on the part of the author and all of Avonlea.

In both of these stories the heroines are mocking God's plan for women. They are drawn to godless institutions and unbiblical ideas which take them away from the home and duties they should embrace. The result of a life such as this for women, without God and leadership, is confusion and ultimately despair. Women were made, by a loving Creator, to help their father and their future husband(Genesis 2:18 Then God said, "It is not good for man to live alone, therefore; I will make a helpmate suitable for him."). This calling is wonderful and created especially for us. As we follow our God-given authorities we see a wonderful vision given to us by God.

Psalm 128
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

God has been good to me and brought godly books that glorify God's plan for women to replace those that I lost. Here are a few that I love;

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
Mother by Kathleen Norris
The Mildred Keith Series by Martha Finley

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies so let me know of any good books that encourage ladies to embrace their calling.

The book burning, my heart was filled with joy as the flames licked the lies. :)