What Is Man's Chief End?

Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy Him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
Every new believer has been set apart by God, separated unto God to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this sense, every believer is a saint- a person separated from his old sinful way of life and set apart by God to increasingly glorify God as his life is transformed! Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins

I Am Saddened By This

>> Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yes, we went to the big homeschool convention in the South East and had a blast.  We just love going to these things.  Not only do we get to shop for more curriculum, books, dvds, games, and the like, we also get to hear some encouraging seminars by those who have gone before us, and who are still on the path.  We had a great time!  And to tell the truth, we spent a lot of money!!  I LOVE books, my dh loves books, my kids love books.  So you can guess that we bought a lot of books!!  Among other things...

So, what is it that saddens me so?  Well, (with a big sigh), I am so sad to find out that Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis has been kicked out of these conventions!!!  WHY? 

For being bold enough to speak TRUTH!!  Believe it or not, in a "Christian" homeschool convention, he is accused of being non-christian, among other things!!  To get the full report on this ridiculous account, you can read about it here

I am so sick about this.  I am so sick of the Church willingly falling into the same old trap of the enemy!  I can say this because myself, and my family, fell into it.  The compromise trap.  Yes, we were deceived by our enemy, but because the TRUTH of the origins of the earth and creation and the age of the earth is NOT preached from the pulpit!!!!!!!  And by the grace of God, we learned of our errors, which in reality is SIN!  Then we repented of our sin, and decided to actually believe the Bible for what it says.  For what Jesus says in HIS Word.  I will be posting more on this later...


Any way, I am declaring that I am a young earth creationist, Bible believing Christian!  But why does that even matter?  Well, I will be posting about that, too.  Since so many Christians just don't seem to get it.  I realize that this may sound harsh, but so be it.  Truth can be hard to swallow.  I know it is for me sometimes.
 

So, I will leave you with this to ponder...  If your child was in the middle of a pool drowning, would you jump in and save them?  Or would you just stand there and yell to them, "Well, I thought you learned how to swim.  You better try to learn now, on your own, because I've got better things to do." 


I think we all know the answer.

And by the way, my dh got a picture with Ken Ham.  Without me!  What a shame.  Maybe next time, when we go back to the Creation Museum!!!

More to come...

(this post is also on my homeschool blog.)

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He Is There~ Multitude Monday

>> Sunday, March 20, 2011

We go through tough times and we go through smooth, easy times.  But in it all, through it all, HE is there.  While you're going through those tough times, its easy to forget His Presence, His Sovereignty, and His Love.  And in those smooth, easy times, oh how easy it is to remember! 

Or, during your tough trials, you can remember that He IS always there, with you, keeping you, holding you tight, to get you through it... in His Love.

The trials should be the catalyst in your relationship with Him.  Drawing you closer to Him.  That is how my many trials have been for me.  A force pulling me toward Him, like gravity.  Closer to His Love, getting to know Him more in His Sovereignty.  Knowing Him... and ultimately knowing myself more.

Seeing the sin that so easily entangles me!! 

And strangely enough, I'm thankful!!  I'm so thankful to see and recognize that I haven't arrived.  But the fact that I am recognizing this shows me that He loves me and is still working on me.  He disciplines me because He loves me, and He is molding me and making me more like His Son. 

And I say, thank you!

Thank you, Jesus, for the gifts you give.  Large and small, seen and unseen, thank you!

And the counting continues...



36.  New friends.
37.  Meeting up with friends that we haven't seen in a long while.
38.  Homeschool Conventions!!
39.  Encouragement from those who have gone before us...
40.  Confirmation on our "narrow path" convictions.
41.  Seeing Tim Hawkins live~  he's so funny!
42.  The ability to buy some new things for our family's education and pleasure.
43.  My new computer!
44.  A husband who bought that new computer for me...
45.  Lasagna from the freezer.
46.  Books... and more books... I just love books!

Have you joined the journey yet?  If not, consider what gifts He has given you today, and start counting them with me.  Until next time...

Keep Pursuing Him!

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It Is Our Fundamental Right!!~ Urgent Message!

>> Tuesday, March 8, 2011

So, did anyone see The Child documentary?  Well, I did, and I'm fired up!  I knew about this, but I am ashamed to say that I didn't follow up about it by calling our senators and representatives.  This is such a crucial thing that I feel the need to really stress it.

Do you believe that you, as a parent, know how to care for YOUR child?


Do you believe that you, as a parent, have the "Fundamental Right" and responsibility to make the decisions for YOUR child?


Do you believe that you, as a parent, have the "Fundamental Right" to educate YOUR child the way YOU see fit? 


How about health care??  Do you believe that you, as a parent, have the "Fundamental Right" to choose how YOUR child is taken care of when he or she is sick?



If you do, then PLEASE, PLEASE, if you were not able to see it, or just chose not to, please consider checking out the Parental Rights website here, and look into what this is all about.  If you are a parent who loves your children, then you need to see this.  And get involved, spread the message... tell your friends and family to check it out!  We can't let "them" take our fundamental rights away, and lose our kids in the process!!


Stand Firm!

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He Knows Me~ Multitude Mondays

>> Monday, March 7, 2011

 1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
         You understand my thought afar off.
 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
         And are acquainted with all my ways.
 4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
         But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.  Psalm 139: 1-4
 He knows me!  It's scary, but true.  Nothing passes Him.  I can't try to hide from Him, because no matter where I go, He's there.  To think that every thought, every ugly, and beautiful thought, is known by Him.  Every ugly, and beautiful word, before I even speak them, is known by Him.

And yet, He loves me!  He died a horrible death for me!  He bore God's wrath in my place!  Even when He knew the depths of my wicked heart.

How can I repay Him?  How can I even comprehend it all? 

And yet, He gives gifts... gifts beyond compare... gifts that we don't seem to even recognize, but still, they are gifts...

From the Almighty, Who knows.  The Creator, Redeemer, and the Lover of my soul. 

Gifts.


25.  Sweet baby sleep.
26.  Quiet during the sleepy times.
27.  Ceiling fans... to clear the air of all the smoke from my cooking...LOL!
28.  Kids cleaning the kitchen without being asked.
29.  Water~ you appreciate it more when you can't have it.
30.  My hubby's patience with me... ever forgiving me when I truly don't deserve it.
31.  Health... knowing that there are so many families dealing with horrible diagnoses that are so hard to bear. 
32.  Freedom... we may not have it soon!
33.  The sound of the piano being played by my son, who really enjoys playing it.
34.  The sound of his little brother "playing" the piano with him.  One day he'll learn to play a real song!
35.  Realizing the fact that my past is truly redeemed, and I've been set free from it all!!  Praise God!


So, join me in the journey of seeing 1000 Gifts from our Savior.  Until next time, keep Pursuing Him!


                                                                      

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I'm Still Making It Sing~ A Little At a Time

Making your home sing Mondays

A Little At a Time... that's been my motto lately.  A little here, a little there, and things are slowly disappearing.  Less is definitely more!  More space to breathe in deeply the calmness of a cleared area.  No more distractions by all of the stuff.  

Yes, at the time, that stuff was a blessing from the Lord.  But now it's time for someone else to be blessed with it.  "Thank You, Lord, for blessing us in so many tangible ways, with things that give us joy at certain times in our lives.  Now, please bless someone else with all of this stuff.  And thank You for the fresh, renewed space... without the stuff."

Remembering to Make My Home Sing...Will you join me?

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Are You Aware of What's Going On? ~ A MUST See!!

>> Saturday, March 5, 2011


Are you aware of the fact that "they" are trying to take away our rights as parents?  And this isn't something that we can just sit back and say, "Ah, well, it won't really happen.  At least not in my lifetime."  Well, think again!!  It's closer than you may think. 

The Lord tells us to be "sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith..."  1 Peter 5:8


"They" want to devour our families.  "They" want to take our children.  "They" want to have the power to say what we can and can not do with our own children.  And if we let them have that power, they will!!


Please watch the trailer to this documentary that will be airing this Monday, March 7th.  You can watch it on the given channels or, like us, watch it on our computer and itouch. 



Be Aware!  Be Brave In Christ!  And Stand Up for What Is Right!

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Happy Birthday To Me!

>> Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today I am the big 40!!  Happy Birthday to me!!
So, where's the chocolate?





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