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Friday, October 10, 2014

One and the Same??

I'm weary; weary in hearing that Islam is the same as Christianity.

Usually, this statement is made by a person who has taken the surface of both religions and made their shallow comparisons based on clichés that they have seen or heard.  Loosely applying their skewed version of history to the events of recent days. They are a fallen away "religious" critic who is unstudied on both accounts.

Let me further clarify.

The true Church of Christ has been persecuted since the time Christ walked the earth. This true line had even been persecuted by its "own", i.e., the dark ages or the inquisitions, and crusades. At one point the "Christian" Church was a state religion, which made this a false Church in comparing it to it's true line of believers, who were persecuted from the enemy within. In the Old Testament, the Jews had their theocracy, which goes against the mandates of the New Testament Church as given by the Savior Himself.

Love is the motivation that produces pure religion: religion is not the reason Christians are, love is. The Love of a G-d, Who sent His only Son as a sacrifice, Who offers a free gift, in exchange for nothing but your love. "...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." (Hebrews 3:17,18)

Now by faith are we saved, not of works, where we may be puffed up in pride, but show me your faith by your works.  A believer contends with the flesh, the world and the devil to produce good works: visiting the widows, the homeless, the fatherless, showing kindness, mercy, fighting our own sinfulness, etc...all acts of love.

Now let me hasten, I have studied "Islam," it says it is a religion of peace... What does that really mean to a layman's terms it means there will be no victory until all those who will be converted will be and those who will not, will be killed.

"Peace" comes when Islam conquers.

Say good-bye to civil rights, freedom of the press, religion and so on.

Their religion does not produce love, but terror. Terror in its believers- which then begins to spread and fester like a disease.

Followers of Islam are motivated by more acts if terror.

They are told to die for their god.

The G-d of the Christian dies for them.

They are then told to LIVE for Him.

When have you ever heard of a modern day Christian beheading a person if they choose not to accept Jesus's free gift?

Most people think we Christians are a nuisance because we hand them a pamphlet that gives Bible verses on it. We believe faith comes by hearing and hearing by Word of God, the Bible.  And if that action of our faith is the the extent of the offense, I'd rather that be than what the intent of the State of Islam wants- conversion or death.

The contrast comes and the difference made is that the true definition of peace is presented.

A Christian lovingly and peacefully, pleads with the person, and then goes on his way. Leaving the choice to him.

Islam affords you no choice.  Convert or die.

Who sows true peace? The answer comes from that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Bunk Beds and Comforters, Sort Of

Two Christmases ago, my Boss got the girls a bedspread set for their queen size bed.  Since then, this past weekend actually, we got the girls new bunk beds and a trundle for Maddie (it's not pictured, it's on backorder and will be delivered later).  I took the queen sized comforter and made twin sized bedspreads out of them.  It looks great!!  Here's what I did.

Here is the comforter all laid out.

I cut down the center making two twin sized bedspreads...

I then sewed the seam together.

Bella posing with the new beds and spreads...

Lizzie is on top.

Bella is very comfy now.

Maddie and Bella looking ornery. 

Dear Bella,

At three years of age, you are fascinated with fury creatures.  You enjoy "reading" books about all kinds of animals, you are always telling me that you want to go to the zoo. Curious George is your favorite cartoon.  You have  some how picked up some of his bad habits when I caught you crossing your arms and giving a pouty face like him....we'll have to watch out for that cartoon!!

Dogs in particular are your favorite. You like to crawl around the house on all fours, barking and licking.  You tell me, "Momma say, doggie don't bark," or to give you some such command.  You have an English Setter stuffed animal that you like to sleep with.  You tie belts and ribbons around his neck and make your own collars for him.  This morning,  you were sitting at the breakfast counter and I noticed that with the help of your hand, you had your your leg up at your face with your foot and toe rubbing your cheek.  I asked you what you were doing and you told me, " Momma, this is how doggies scratch..."

My crazy, wonderful, little Bella! You bring smiles to this momma's face. I love you!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Bell Rings

The halls echo with voices.  Excited, nervous; anticipating what will come.  The smell of new carpet fills the air.  "Welcome Students" written on chalkboards greets the children as they enter the classroom.  See her cheery smile, she directs tiny feet to short desks decorated with their name.  The doors are open once again for another year.  Life is again abundant in this small corner the world.  
The bell rings.  
Class begins.

Lizzie, 1st Day of Kindergarden

The Lord's School...we'll keep going as long as He lets us. Thank you Lord-for letting my child have a place to learn about You.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Spending a nice time with my family today was such a blessing.  I'm sitting here feeling extremely grateful for the fact that I am an American citizen.

In our corner of the United States, my little family decided to have an adventure.  We decided to take a day trip to the Turner Falls Area in Davis, Oklahoma.  Although this was not what we expected, i.e. it's a water park, lol, we still made the best of it.  Mike decided, after deciding we didn't want to go into the park (we thought it was going to be a trail or just a state park type thing), to take us down to a creek bed so the girls could put their feet in the water.  When we left the house we told them we were going to go see a water fall, so they of course insisted that they put their feet in.  Well they got to put their feet in and what a blast they had.  I love that about my girls, they get so excited over the simplest things, and if you talk it up enough you can really make it something.  After we hiked to the creek bed we walked up to the highway and got some fried pies. It turned out to be a nice day.

Of course Mike wanted to grill- you know he is a grill master!-we invited a couple of the fellas from the college over.  The girls wanted to have a picnic so we spread out a blanket and they ate their dinner on top.  Maddie was just enjoying herself outside in the highchair where she could eat her hotdog.  We finished out the night watching many fireworks displays off in the distance.

Here is my flower garden looking patriotic with the flags.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DIY Wall Art

In my attempt to revamp my living room décor I decided to change the wall art that I have.  I took an old painting that I had that I didn't care for, painted it white, did a second coat in the center, used some spray paint I had on hand and sprayed a sun.  Then I went to hobby lobby and got these neat little wall decals, birds on a wire, for only $10.  I tweaked the wire to make it look like branches.  Here is what I got!! I'm pretty excited about it.  It was so easy and fun to do!! And Cheap.  My husband is telling me all the time that I keep around too much junk...but there are times like today that it comes in handy.


Lately, and I know most people will think that I am a real wacko for even thinking this, it wouldn't be the first time, but I've been having some real issues with the cartoon, "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic".  I know, most people are probably rolling their eyes.  But the occasional times I let my girls watch this "cute" show about little ponies I just got this uneasy feeling.  I couldn't shake it.  And today I figured out why.  If anyone has ever seen this cartoon and has high standards for what their kids watch then there is obviously a number of things that some would find unacceptable for their kid's viewing.  Here are some of the blatant reasons I don't prefer the show - very strong references to magic (I'm not against letting my kids watch things that have fairytale type stuff, but it seems like this show just revolves around it),  a lot of rock music in the cartoon action sequences and finally, the reason why my kids will never watch it ever again is, there is one pony in the show that as I watched with my girls I was literally confused about whether it was a boy or girl, Rainbow Dash, so much so that I even googled it.  And surprise, there is a huge online discussion as to whether this character portrays a male or female.  Most people know where I stand on issues that revolve around this. Well today I asked Lizzie if Rainbow Dash was a boy or a girl and she got this confused, puzzled look on her face, and after a long pause, probably hoping I'd answer for her, she finally said it was a boy.  I googled the show info to find out and Rainbow Dash is actually a girl, who the creator says is a tomboy.  During the times I viewed the show with my girls, sometimes she sounded like a girl and sometimes she sounded like a boy- and I do find it ironic that they decided to use the rainbow as her "cutie" mark. As a parent I try to instill absolutes in my children.  I set boundaries.  This is for their own good so they can grow up well adjusted and healthy.  This show only genders confusion in my child- Lizzie's look on her face today really bothered me- I don't want my kids, especially at the tender age of 4 to be confused about things that are so absolutely true and that is gender- boy/girl.  There's no in between.  I'm not a bad mother because I tell my girls that the color pink is a girl color and that boys don't wear jewelry.  This is setting an absolute in their mind.  Parents who let their kinds "figure" it out are dangerously setting their kids up for a lifetime of heartache. I am solely responsible for how they turn out and now I know that this show is undermining my parenting.  Let's let God have the last word on the subject.  1Corinthians 14:33, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace...."