Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I am always so blessed listening to these old radio programs...
I hope you enjoy them as I much as I do...They have a way of putting things into perspective and how the world has changed don't they? I love the feel of these and in our family we really, really appreciate these and try to instill the sweet old time flavor in our home.
Just because the rest of the world is spinning on a turnstile of busyness we don't have to do we?
I'm trying so hard to reflect on Jesus as I commune with Him in a special way this advent season. He reminds me often:
Amelia I am the same Father who was who was with you when you were a little girl...
As I reminisce to my grandparent's home, and especially my little home as an only child with my sweet parents back then....
...so many sweet memories, maybe some not so perfect but still... prayerfully creating our own sweetness in our homes this Christmas.
I bring to you to also enjoy this most precious Bing Crosby Christmas program. I hope you and your entire family will enjoy this! Grab yourself some, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, something downright delectable and enjoy! This is wonderful for children of all ages to adults, sweet old fashioned but timeless music selections, also a precious, precious story of a sweet donkey as well...I love the sweet spirit of this Christmas story of one very special donkey...
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Have you all read any nice books so far this season? I'm reading (read) several:
* The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
* A Simple Christmas, Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit by Mike Huckabee
These so far have been such a blessing, I sent the audio version of A Simple Christmas to my 80 year old dad, my dad has macular degeneration and sometimes it's hard for him to read. He loved that book and listened to it all in one day! I hope to be able to send him the audio of The Christmas Sweater as well. I read several chapters of The Christmas Sweater to our girls while they were cooking and my dd17 read the entire book the next day! It is a fascinating book with multiple life lessons!
Another dandy that is very practical but really helps put things in perspective as the rat race revolves around us this season is:
* Hundred Dollar Holiday, The Case for a More Joyful Christmas by Bill McKibben
I saw Hundred Dollar Holiday on LifeAsMom. The author of the book has a sweet way of putting things in perspective in a nice way if you know what I mean...I highly recommend this book!
Some sites snubbing any gift at all for Christmas almost make me bristle...They almost seem to be into a cynical reverse snobbery but I have found this book to be very nice.
I love Christmas and love the wonder of it but would like things to go back to a bit of a more simple time, perhaps that WWII era? At least when people had more of a normal perspective and value of material possessions.
Have you ever heard the old WWII radio ads about saving ration coupons for Kraft cheese spreads for entertaining in your home and how the nation was saving milk for our soldiers so they could have ice cream? I actually have an original magazine ad I believe from Carnation milk company about that, it's on the back of a Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon movie ad...It is fascinating.
One thing we always love doing as a family is reading...
* Reminisce magazine, you can read and be inspired by some wonderful Christmas stories of how things were for little children in more simple times in our country. Those children knew the wonderment of Christmas because fruit, candy and the like were something not taken for granted. Let alone toys.
One story in an old Reminisce I read was of a little girl young in the early 60s and even then, a more modern time this little girl's daddy, a farmer would make sure and buy she and her siblings some fruit so they would be like the other children. If he had a good crop the children would share one nice new toy for Christmas, they would flip a coin to see if it would be a boy's toy or a girls toy between she and her brothers. And if her daddy's crops were not good, they would go to the electric company's Christmas party and pick a used gift from the employee's donations. The story was so touching to my heart.
I have tried to keep things within a simple budget this year and so far so good. : ) I really prayed and asked God to help me and guide me. The Lord gently guided me to Walmart online and that was a great help! If you do go to Wallymart make sure and browse from lowest prices to high, otherwise you might blow a gasket. ; )
I so enjoy the wonderment of Christmas and am amazed at how the Lord helped me! Books are nice gifts too...decorating books, Bible study books, historical reproduction books, new or used as long as the person will enjoy them and they are in respectful condition. Last year I bought my dd25 a neat beautifully worn, old hardcopy of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Please feel free to go back to my blogs from last December, I have similar thoughts, encouragements there too. : ) Just grab some coffee! lol I don't know about you, but I need encouragements this time of year and others blogs help me so many times.
Hope you are enjoying this sweet season as we meditate upon our sweet Savior, Jesus.
Hope to get some new recipes or something of the sort pretty soon on thats-italian.blogspot. Maybe even some homemade gift ideas...Who knows? ; ) Right now I have a neat jar gift recipe posted and just some good ol' practical gift ideas from a George Bailey wife.
Edit 12.03.10: I now have some great vlogs our 25 year old daughter did a couple of years ago on making some wonderful homemade natural fragrance gifts along with a wowee Molasses cookie recipe at my thats-italian.blogspot.
I want to thank each one of you for the sweet comments from the last post, you all know who you are who took the time to encourage me. Thank you.
Let's pray for one another this Holy Season. Let me know what you are doing this Christmas to keep things sweet at your house if you get a chance... Hugs and notes of encouragement are always welcome here. I appreciate it greatly and perhaps could use it on certain days. ~Amelia
12.03.10 I'm starting to leave some great old 30s & 40s movie suggestions here in the comment section for Christmas viewing or anytime.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Would you be friends with yourself if you had a person speak to you the way you speak to yourself?
Both my husband and I remember words that stuck to us that were spoken years ago. Let's lift one another up, WORDS MATTER...
This is a fascinating video. Please feel free to mute the music at the bottom of the page.
Fall is here, I love the pic below it reminds me of our sweet little doglet, Minnie Pearl who passed away several years ago this time of year. I loved her and still do. She looked very much if almost exactly like this sweet doggie.
~Photo by Classicstock
I hope you all are enjoying this most beautimous fall weather....My daughters and I had a delightful day today, they took me out to enjoy desert and coffee at the historical district. Wowee! So fun!
We now shall dine on Chicago pizza artfully made by my 27 year old daughter, hope to post that recipe one day on thats-italian.blogspot.com along with my 25 year old's molasses cookies and just all kinds of goodness. Yes indeedie.
Edit: 11.10.10 I haven't been able to seize that Molasses cookie or the pizza recipe yet, but I do have some sweet do-able gift ideas there. : )
Enjoy your families and enjoy your homes. Be content in Jesus. Remember ladies, despite popular rumor even by some who are labeled "conservative" ... No we cannot do it all. God did not make us that way. I cannot believe feminists would have us to believe they are liberated? Liberated? Looks like bondage to me. Oh the lies of the enemy of our souls to so many women! Just. Say. No.
It is NOT neanderthal to know a mother's place is in the home! Heaven forbid!
I think many of the lies started during WWII....Women buying the Rosie the Riveter Lie going to the factories to work leaving their children at home. I recently watched a secular series on Turner Classics station, and even back then, the secular documentary was sharing major concerns of latchkey children during WWII as mom left to work. So sad. It's interesting that back then, the secular media had more sense than much of the church today.
~Photo by Classicstock
Speaking of wives and moms at home. Here is a recent series on Time Management. The author is featured on Dave Ramsey. She and her husband have been married for 8 years, have 3 children and lived on $35. weekly for groceries while her husband was in law school, having babies in diapers.
One of my favorite mom blogs is Life As Mom. The author of the blog is very nice, and gives many opportunities for moms to share their thoughts and ideas along with a wealth of recipes and money saving ideas too.
One thing I realized years ago....No lack of a vehicle was worth me leaving my precious little girls to work. What for? To have a car? Ridiculous.
Let's see, some think we are supposed to go to work to afford the nice car to get to work to pay for the upper end house they never are home to live in; leaving their children in part-time orphanages.
Just some serious food for thought. : )
This is all said to encourage moms to think and not buy the lie...it's not ever meant to bring any condemnation to single mothers.
Here is an encouraging site that will encourage single moms, an amazing testimony and ebook: here. This lady was a single mom making only $500. per month.
Be blessed be good! You are made to be wonderful in Christ! ~Amelia
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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We have removed our emotions and become harder...
Will you be willing to be hated? ...Or at the end of the day is it all about you ...
~Gianna Jessen, Abortion Survivor
Election day is coming, Sunday's coming too if you know what I mean.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. ~Romans 8:6
Let's pray for our nation and vote our Christian conscience. Please remember the innocent babies in the womb who should have reproductive rights and a chance to live without an unjust death sentence. Even a criminal receives a trial.
For my blog with old 40s retro movie suggestions, bargains, old fashioned thoughts and recipes you may enjoy: thats-italian.blogspot
Monday, September 27, 2010
The Second Coming Compilation by David Wilkerson & Others
This is a most important 15 minutes. Some things to ponder for your soul. Please feel free to mute the music here at the bottom of the page.
A Morning Ponder....
Are we free to celebrate our feminity in a God glorifying way? I hope so. The following poem I found this morning. Enjoy and be blessed, may we be free indeed in Jesus. Blameless in our Father.
That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. ~Phillipians 1:10
| Written by Krislyn Shank (age 17) |
You say you are free;
I say I am bound;
And in this my bound liberty,
Hoping to have a wowee ravioli recipe on thats-italian.blogspot.com soon.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Photo taken by our daughter, Rebecca
...Marianna showed me this neat site, and one of the articles was:
To Set a Standard or Not
This is really good. What is our standard, what is our foundation? So many these days will follow a herd but not the Word, the Father's love letter to us.
The herd may be going after something that looks good, and it may make us feel included to be included in that herd, but all of that can dissipate if we are not firmly rooted in our relationship with Jesus. Sometimes the herd can recite the Word but it is cold, not in love or concern. It's rules with no relationship with Jesus.
I've noticed that some families who used to look so conservative now look like the mod squad. I wonder if they followed a herd mentality instead of the Word? That is so sad to me when I see that...
Are we following the Lord Jesus, our anchor, and spending time with Him? Do we know the Lord, our Father? Have we strayed from our Father? Much like drifting far away, little by little as we go into the water at the beach. Before we know it, we can't even spot our starting point....how far we drifted without realizing it.
How do we know the Lord? We spend time with Him. We read His love letter to us, the Bible daily. If you know someone, you spend time with them and listen and share with them your intimate feelings and thoughts, our questions and problems in life and our praises too!
Here is a wonderful blog entry by our daughter Michelle on prayer, a much needed message for today.
I ask this question.... Are our very lives a peaceful protest to a crazed world? Does our very life and our demeanor represent Christ?
The way we dress, the way we talk, the spirit of things we watch and listen to, how we treat others...
Oops! Your philosophy is showing!
My daughter Marianna will share at times on modesty. She uses this picture of this celloist playing his beautiful music in the midst of war ruins as a peaceful protest. Pictures paint a thousand words...
We too can be a Peaceful Protest by our lives showing what our philosophy is by the way we dress and act...What picture are we painting?
From the blog of Chris Rice...
Sara (Groves) continued to introduce the song with the story of Vedran Smailovic, a cellist with the Sarajevo String Quartet. In 1992, in the middle of the war in that country, Smailovic witnessed a bomb attack that took the lives of 22 of his neighbors standing in a breadline at a bakery. In protest of the chaos, hatred, killing, and stupidity of war, the cellist immediately brought out his cello, sat in a chair in the middle of the crater, and filled the air with beautiful music for 22 days (one day for each person killed on that spot).
As Sara told this story every night, she emphasized the importance of BEAUTY as a protest in the face of all that is wrong in the world. While bombs were still exploding and sniper fire rang through the street, a lone cellist risked his own life, and protested the ugliness by holding up beauty in its face.
The ideal still matters, even when reality does not reflect it. Love conquers hate. Light pushes back dark. Beauty matters.
Some people can't see God unless a Bible verse is included. They are blind.
Here is the song Sara Groves wrote about this Peaceful Protest:
Why it Matters ~Sara Groves
Sit with me and tell me once again
Of the story that's been told us
Of the power that will hold us
Of the beauty, of the beauty
Why it matters
Speak to me until I understand
Why our thinking and creating
Why our efforts of narrating
About the beauty, of the beauty
And why it matters
Like the statue in the park
Of this war torn town
And it's protest of the darkness
And the chaos all around
With its beauty, how it matters
How it matters
Show me the love that never fails
The compassion and attention
Midst confusion and dissention
Like small ramparts for the soul
How it matters
Like a single cup of water
How it matters
Show and Tell Time...
We really enjoy the Duggar Family and purchased their book after two of our daughters had checked it out from the library. This is such a great book, there are cute recipes, their house plans and most of all, poignant thoughts of how the Lord has dealt with them in their personal lives. For me, it has been a bit of a support group in a book. So refreshing to me. My husband and I were reading it and it was such a renewal for our souls....
The Duggar's: 20 and Counting
Christian Books.com has nice pricing for a new copy as well.
Here is a question in the book the Duggar family is often asked:
Q: Seeing how you all dress so much alike, I'm wondering how the children in your family are allowed to expres their individuality.
A: We always laugh when a question like that comes in! As one of my sisters said, "Mom, when we go out to an event somewhere, we often see groups of teenagers who are all dressed alike -- sometimes they're all in black, or they're all wearing jeans, or they're all wearing the same kind of T-shirt. Sometimes they all have nose rings and tattoos!" We're just like them; all of us Duggars wear similar kinds of clothes. But instead of being influenced by peer pressure, we're guided by our family's standards of modesty and what we read in the Bible.
~Jessa Duggar, age sixteen
Let's Wrap it Up...
I would like to add to the Beauty how about you? : )
I hope you enjoy this additional Sara Groves song as well...
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Let's add to add to the Beauty...
May our lives be a Peaceful Protest unto the Lord.
Hope to add to beauty on thats-italian.blogspot.com soon, maybe a new recipe or something? Have a blessed week! ~Amelia
P.S. For a nice booklet that hits the nail on the head on the subject of modesty, we suggest this booklet: The Look: Does God Really Care What I Wear?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
~II Chronicles 16:9a
It's our choice, which path will we take? Every day is a journal page. What will we compose? It's so easy to become immersed in what is around us, and not check in with the Father on things.
Many have even moved to pet doctrines instead of the simple gospel.
There may even be times when we say the lovely, sweet name of Jesus and we are looked upon as a fanatic by the Pharisaical.... This is a frightening reality and symptom today of what has happened to hearts.
Will we stand for Jesus?
Who do you say Jesus is?
What is our heart? Are our hearts divided?
The Lord's eyes search to and fro....Looking for a perfect heart.
I just loved this video with Anne Graham Lotz and others....I thought it was so beautiful. I was looking for the words to her talk last week, Just Give Me Jesus and I came across this beautiful video. I hope you enjoy it too, the conference is over and done with but I think you will be ministered to just the same.
Just give me Jesus...
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I can't get Him out of my mind....And I can't get Him out of my heart...
The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but found they couldn't stop Him...
What are you looking for?
Who are you looking for?
As Mary said to the gardener....
Just give me Jesus and everything will be alright....
Just Give Me Jesus.
And now for a good old retro sermon, just as timely for today as it was then in the 50s.
Billy Graham Retro Sermon from the 1950s.
Even in the 50s only eight missionary candidates out of 100 were spending daily prayer time. I doubt very seriously it would be any better today. It's interesting that the Communists have more dedication to their "gospel" than many Christians.
Let's remember our homes are our first ministry. : )
We listened to this sermon a couple of weeks ago in our homechurch. You can find wonderful sermons like this on SermonIndex.net. My husband subscribes to the sermonindex weekly podcasts. This Billy Graham sermon was one of those podcasts.
It's been a while since I've been able to blog much, we are terribly overloaded lately trying to build a house in the country. Thank you for the kind comments on past posts, I appreciate them so.
God bless you all, ~Amelia
P.S. I do hope to put a wonderful recipe up soon our oldest daughter made for us on thats-italian.blogspot.com
Monday, August 23, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Living with the End in Mind.
By Dr. Richard Swenson
Have a blessed week, stay sweet keep that margin in place. Let's measure things by Eternity.
Feel free to visit me too at thats-italian.blogspot for poignant thoughts that represent Dr. Swenson's message pretty well from my life as well as a wonderful Swedish cake recipe from an old friend. Hope to be adding a new entry there soon.... I'm pondering posting my mother in law's Italian Wedding Ring cookie recipe. We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. : )
Thursday, June 24, 2010
What is our passion? Is it Jesus?
From our Father flows living life. We must be connected with the Father to receive that life....spending time with Him. To know His heart we must spend that time with Him. In order to keep focused on the Father without distractions being totally tuned into Him and His spirit we must be focused on Him, listening to Him. Say no to busyness, say yes to Jesus and the Peace He so freely gives us...Share the peace and love with others, the checkers at the store etc. and please don't forget your local nursing home, the nursing home is just one place that is a much forgotten and very important mission field.
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After her pointe lesson our daughter gave the cd to her Christian ballet teacher to consider songs such as this one for the upcoming recital.
Loving others making our religion true religion as the Bible describes...that is the best homeschool ever. : )
For some light hearted happenings, along with poignant recipe reminisces, and a genuine recipe for an oldtime Swedish Cake, you may enjoy one of my other blogs at: thats-italian.blogspot.com
Hope everyone is having a sweet week. Keep looking to Jesus! : )
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The sermon I have posted here was on this week and I thought it was wonderful.
Moms, we have a high calling. Let's not allow the culture and society to dictate to us what is important, don't buy the lie. We may have to stand alone even in the church at times. I would venture to say even in homeschool support groups where convictions are very different we may have to stand alone many, many times. Make sure and remind your children that they too may need to stand alone at times.
You are not alone though, you have the Lord by your side.
The most beautiful hands are not the well manicured, they are the hands who have loved their children and with joy and contentment washed the dishes, in joy and contentment showed by example the art of homemaking, eager to learn homemaking skills and pass these skills and traditions on to their children no matter how imperfect their skill may be.
To listen with kind listening ears and heart, this is the calling of a mother. If you're not a sensitive person by nature please pray you will become one in order to hear with your heart the needs of your children. Oh Lord give us sensitive parents, sensitive to their children's hearts. Sometimes I will notice young people who seem so cold, so full of themselves and many times I will observe one or both of the parents are also full of themselves as well.
The gift of homemaking and mothering are the best things, certainly not the least even though the world may say otherwise. Whose voice are we listening to?
Remember the narrow less trodden path to the Lord, let's always view things in perspective to the Lord not popular opinion.
Enjoy, and please be encouraged and blessed:
Biblical Principles for Parenting
For some wonderful wholesome entertainment suggestions very appropriate for this week feel free to come visit my other blog at: thats-italian.blogspot
EDIT 6.29.10: I have a great recipe for a Swedish Pineapple cake on the above link as well. : )
You may also enjoy this book as an interesting encouragment: The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
Be blessed, have fun making beautiful music in your home... ~Amelia
Remember our wonderful vets who gave their all. God bless America. God bless our vets and soldiers and may God be with them always. May we hold our country up in prayer.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Well, well worth the listen...
|Seek My Face by Richard Owen Roberts|
|Description: Richard Owen Roberts speaks of the lofty and majestic God that we are to seek with all our hearts. He paints a tremendous picture of man and how seeking after God is an humbling task. This is an all important subject and worthy of a listen.|
"God dwells with those who are broken and contrite."
"God holds the proud in heart at arms length."
Friday, May 14, 2010
Oh American Church, awake from your slumber. Some may say or think..."Oh I love God but I love the world too." Let's love God and hate sin. Some may think they may know better and try to defy God even in seemingly small ways but that is like jumping out of a window, thinking they may defy gravity.
Let's love God and others.
I received this dandy from media causes.
Edit. 5.21.10: I have a an easy family Italian recipe posted on thats-italian.blogspot Enjoy!
Monday, May 3, 2010
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom right? That is what my Bible tells me and from watching and living life, I can testify to the truth in that! : )
The week before Rebecca left for her classes, my dad had sent her a notebook she had left at his home....To me? A thank you note was in timely and swift order before Rebecca was to leave for her classes out of town. My dad is 80 years old and really can't see as well as he once did. Those sparkling blue eyes have macular degeneration and I know it was a labor of love for him to promptly get to the post office with her notebook.
My dad has written a handwritten note in response to Rebecca's little thank you letter to him... And I just loved it. I loved the respect he exhorted her to have.
Here is a very small excerpt of the letter as follows....
Thanks for the letter. Are you going to San Antonio by yourself?
If you go to the Alamo remember it is still a church and I think it was 187 men died there in 1836 fighting...
I was so blessed by the respect my father exhorted Rebecca to have at the tourist filled mission. In this age of baseball caps at the dinner table... The national anthem being sung, many times we are hardpressed to find a hand on a heart. Even when the American flag goes by in a parade, it's very few who even know to put their hand over their heart...I find his loving grandfatherly exhortation refreshing.
You know, social graces and manners are very important as I'm sure you'll agree and it has been said, that good manners are simply putting other people first and making them feel at ease and valued. As Christians, shouldn't this be the most important thing in teaching our children besides the utmost importance of a personal relationship with the Lord?
Manners are important, they help others to feel appreciated and give us self confidence in a good and godly way.
I hope to share soon some of the tips from my father's manners book I now have from when he was in private military school... Oh the tales he tells of those days! The young military school men crossing the Missippi river in dress uniform, white gloved to attend the party at the girl's school there. Oh my.
I also look forward to seeing the wonderful handwritten correspondence that will start between Rebecca and my dad.
Let's expect much in the way of courtesy and do much, let's put others first, let's not allow people to feel used, let's bless them with appreciation without motive. Isn't that what Jesus would do? Sounds simplistic? It is. : )
People may not remember what you said but they will remember how you made them to feel. ~My Dad
A nice tried & true recipe plus easy cotton napkins you can make on my thats-italian.blogspot
Feel free to stop by...Stay sweet, remember...Our actions or lack of, will affect others good or bad. Let's be found blameless. : )
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Here is the direct site for Made For Each Other in entirety. Enjoy!
Many of these old movies are so wonderful, these old wholesome movies are what our entire family, including our four daughters, ages 16 to 27 enjoy and are used to. In our family we appreciate the older movies greatly. Now days, most of the movies are not fit for a Christian to see as I'm sure you would probably agree. : ) Give your family a treat, what they deserve, take your family back to the better days. Just because our present society dishes out their sin so brazenly doesn't mean we have to take it and be defiled by it. As I'm sure you'll agree, we don't have to buy into the ....They just do that now a-days.... way of thinking. : )
For recent sentimental thoughts, easy crafty ideas, and 'Change Begins at the Dinner Table' feel free to visit too at:
Keep it sweet, blessings to all. ~Amelia
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
EDIT: Videos posted here were discontinued. Please see above entry (April 20) for a direct site with entire movie! : )
You will hear this mother call upon God to help their little baby...
Most parts of the movie are not that sobering but lighthearted, so many moments in this young married couple's life I can relate to as the couple struggles financially, my husband is in business for himself and oh how I can relate to so much of their struggles.
No matter what Christian faith you are this should touch your heart. I try not to claim any particular Christian faith, I try to stay with the Bible, and prayer time in communion with the Lord. In our particular area of the country the division can be disheartening. There are so many 'religious experts' it seems, blogs being done etc. touting theology instead of Jesus. Oh it ought not be.
The greatest commandment of all:
Matthew 22:36-40 (New International Version)
36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
I hope everyone is having a sweet day and week.
If you're in the mood for sentimental thoughts....you may enjoy my thats-italian.blogspot too. Blessings!
Monday, February 15, 2010
As I wrote the article I realized something, something very frightening.
What? I see the same moral decline in homeschool and church settings. It's not easy to find homeschoolers or church goers sold out to the Lord.
Not all homeschoolers are like my friend who lives in another area of the country...She enjoys her children, taking turns reading in front of the fireplace and enjoying cooking together and living life for Jesus in every day life settings.
One of the saddest and most disappointing days in recent years was sitting alone at a large Christian homeschool support group activity several years ago as I observed and listened to a number of moms talking of dissecting little animals, college transcripts and how wonderful it was that homeschoolers were more open-minded and they thought perhaps Ayn Rand was a Christian...
Not one mention of a personal Lord was heard the entire time.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says: "Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quiet and and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it. You said, "No, we will get our help from Egypt." ~Isaiah 30:15-16a
For homeschool and church going moms, dads or anyone calling themselves a Christian...
May I humbly warn that if your zip-up planner has become of more importance than living the Bible, there may be a problem of the heart. If you are doing the planning and asking God to bless your plans instead of asking Him for The Plan it will be all in vain.
If excellence in essay writing is more important than teaching your children to take the time to write a sweet, heartfelt thank you note than perhaps the mark and goal of a Godly homeschool has been missed. If you as a mom are too busy to personally wish an ill friend well, to offer prayers and let them know you have offered prayers and care for them, I would venture to say, something is wrong.
Perhaps you are so busy running to church services you have no time for "menial" things as encouraging people that don't attend your church. Is your churchianity a busy-ness that only mimics holiness, in reality, a pharisee-ism?
One of my greatest regrets is not spending more time with my aging grandmas, not bothering to write them a sweet thank you note or letter that they would have treasured. Yes, I did write some but I was not near on top of things as I should have been. I see things my grandma gave me that I did not respond to, and my heart breaks, it breaks. Yes, I was busy, I still am with things here in my home, but I am learning I had better sit myself down and do the things God would have me to do.
How many times did I miss out on visiting my grandma when she was ill because of Sunday church service. Now I live with that sad regret. How lonely my two grandmas must have felt and how unappreciated they must have felt when I didn't thank them for little things they would send my way, it breaks my heart to this day. Do you know that some of my Italian Grandma's most prized possessions were those little drawings and shadow boxes I had made for her as a little girl??? Given to me, still carefully wrapped in clear plastic as she did her most precious things...they were given me...after she passed away.....After she passed away.
Guess what? I wrap my prized possessions now in plastic wrap too....I do the same things...
How do you treat those you consciously and sub-consciously deem as unimportant at the moment? Are ministry opportunities only for the resume' for the National Honor Society or for ministry school credentials? Where is the heart in your home or homeschool? Would people want to attend your church by the way you are treating them? Is Jesus and intimate relationship with Him lifted and stressed? ...Or do you lift up pet doctrine to the point of ugliness. The same ugliness that put Jesus on the cross.
I like what David Wilkerson eluded to in his recent blog... Do you really think your light is going to shine in your exclusive church cliques?
Soon to come, I hope to share in incremental pieces, the article the Lord graciously gave to me...Roe Vs. Wade and What Has Become of Us?
It's time for me to sign out...I have an email I need to get off soon to respond to a lovely young lady, I'm learning to see these things as a most important privilege from the Father. Can I be trusted to minister to her and lift her up in Jesus? I hope and pray so. I hope and pray so.
You may not read perfect blogs here but they will be from the heart. I can guarantee you that. : )
Until then keep things real, focus on the home and what is truly important for Eternity and that goes for me double in this blogging world. Live with no regrets. Come on over and visit me at my other abode too, thats-italian.blogspot, and enjoy some coffee over yonder....Plenty of smiles and wholesome entertainment coupled with a pretty good recipe or two, all kinds of stuff to make ya smile. : )
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Once again Mrs. Elisabeth Elliot has it right...
Are Three Hearts Better Than Two? ...Me thinks YES! : )
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Oh this is my heartcry! We have four daughters, ages 16 to 27. Believe me, according to our life journey so far, the protection offered and given even through heartache at times... Elisabeth has it quite right.
Remember, anything great and glorifying to God is so worth the sacrifice of going against the culture.
May God be glorified...
Our four daughters....Ages 19, 24, & 27...Photography is usually done by our youngest age 16, pictured in bottom photo. You may enjoy her photography blog here: Poetic Capture.
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There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became,
And that same object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass and white and red morning glories, and white and red clover,
and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs and the sow's pink-faint litter,
and the mare's foal and the cow's calf.....
Hope you enjoy my thoughts and ponderings here...As you may see, I love my family.
Take care all. Signing out from your blogging friend, wife and mother...that hopeless romanticist and merciful artist whose heart becomes grieved many a time in this ol' world, but knows where her trust remains...The Lord Jesus Christ.
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Monday, February 1, 2010
Please feel free to mute the music on my player at the bottom of the page here before listening.
Our day is a time of desperation and a tremendous need for revival. When we look at the condition of the so called "church" it is a fearful reality...
Many of you may see the moral climate we are walking in, I think you'll agree, it's truly the Eternal that truly matters. Does this thing or that thing have anything to do with Eternity? In our homes, in our everyday sphere of life, what we talk about is what concerns us....What concerns us today? What has our heart?
What are we putting before our eyes? What are we allowing into our homes, and into our hearts? Is this thing lifting us up? Is this thing pulling us down? Does this thing bring Peace to our home, an atmosphere of praise to the Lord? Or does it add confusion?
Let's care about what may offend God and let's make sure and do what He loves, loving others. Let's show care for each other. Brothers, sisters, if we cannot even show common courtesy, compassion and thoughtfulness for others. If we cannot even thank people or show gratitude... What has become of us?
Let's not be found anywhere or doing anything where we would not want to be found or doing when Jesus comes back.
What frets our heart today? What excites our hearts today?
And let's remember, people may not remember what we say, but they will remember how we made them to feel.
Blessings to All,
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Friday, January 22, 2010
Roe Vs. Wade, What Has Become of Us?
(This article I have written here was recently published in an online publication, I was going to post in increments but decided to post it in entirity and simplify a bit.)
The year? 1967.
There she was, my first grade teacher, Mrs. Fischer. The typical 60s flip hair-do, orange dress with white polka-dots, matching shoes, a sunshine face was Mrs. Fischer. It was spelling test day and we first graders were attentively listening to each word as the sun streamed into the bright classroom, you could hear a pin drop.
The spelling word at that moment? "Baby".
She said the word, baby with a smile so radiant as she placed her hands upon her stomach, discreetly yes, but yet to me? A most sensitive and perceptive little first grade girl? I knew exactly what was up. Mrs. Fischer was going to have a baby. Yes! I just bet she's having a baby! Sure enough, the end of our first grade school year was ended rather tumultuously with one substitute teacher after another and I was never to see Mrs. Fischer again...she was home with her baby. She chose the best thing, to stay home with her baby. Even though it was hard for me as a little girl and I missed Mrs. Fischer greatly, I knew she was doing the right thing, enjoying motherhood and saying phooey with the rest.
The moral climate of those years were changing; just the year before, we Kindergartners all said our prayers with little bowed heads over saltine crackers and orange juice for snack time.
"God is great, God is good, thank you for our daily food. Amen."
I remember the children, us little girls in our sweet cotton dresses, I remember the little boys in their cotton button up shirts tucked in trousers with leather lace up shoes, hair parted on the side neatly. No matter what economic class we were from, we were neatly, modestly and sweetly dressed.
As that first grade year progressed, it was noticeable to me that the prayers over our food had mysteriously vanished. Time was changing and things seemed to be darkening to this little girl, I could feel it in my bones and most sadly in my innocent heart.
I remember sitting in front of my grandparents' home they ran their fishing business from, sitting upon the steps on a large, vast pier as the sailboats and shrimpboats would come in on the sparkling bay for the evening, In my little girl solitude, I would hear clanging at the shipyard not far away. My Italian grandma enjoyed reading and she usually had some Life and McCall's magazine around....Finding those Betsy McCall paper dolls in the McCall's magazine was a huge treat, kind of like finding a really good treasure in the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box....Every now and then I'd look over her Life magazines as I'd sip on my soda and quietly munch chips as my bare feet felt the texture of those wooden steps...There in those magazines I would see in living color the culture changing for the worst, the waif-look model, Twiggy, presented as the norm for body types, the brash fashions with go-go boots and fishnet stockings, me thinking my legs didn't look much like Twiggy's and where was Shirley Temple? Stories about members of that band called the Beatles...and I knew. I knew. I knew in my little girl's heart that things were going down fast and a darkness was coming over our country, and what was worse, this great country, America the Beautiful was letting the darkness pour in. This country of ours who had lent it's hand to my Italian and German immigrant grandparents who were now proud American citizens, my father and my uncle and great uncles who proudly served this country and made something of themselves. But Joltin' Joe had left and gone away, it was most apparent to me back then.
Years would go by and in the liturgical church our family attended I was surprised to see the new priest walking down the hall with a Hawaiian shirt on one Wednesday afternoon as I attended a catechism class...He was so different than the sweet priest who braided my long hair just the year before in his white collar whose resemblance and mannerisms were something of a Bing Crosby to me. Sadly, The Bing Crosby priest had left and gone away too. Now we had the mod guy with the long hair and the Hawaiian shirt. The same mod guy who had our church sing "Imagine" by John Lennon in a Sunday service. The song that starts with... Imagine there is no Heaven.
The years were eking by, man's knowledge was ignorantly being placed over any knowledge of the Lord in this new modern era this country seemed so proud of. The tower of Babel was once again being built it seemed.
The year. 1973.
Man had been on the moon, and I was sitting in classes with those very astronaut's kids, some of them later becoming friends of mine. Nixon was becoming president and our junior high looked like the gates of hell had been turned loose in it. Long gone were the sweet dresses and little boys with lace up shoes and neat hair. In place of it all were mostly hip-hugging jeans, guys with brushes stuffed in their back pockets to brush their long hair with and some dating at the age of 12 and all that went with that. I had found a small group of sweet girls to be friends with, we would spend our time drawing people, horses, animals and the like in our quiet world away from the hellish life we were surrounded by.
That year, 1973. There was no teacher saying the word, baby with such sunshine smiles. No. That was the year the country decided it would start seeing the babies as "choices". It was the year of Roe verses Wade. It was the year they turned the baby, the innocent child into a choice.
But where was the baby's choice in the matter?
Life went on and the hellish atmosphere didn't stop much, in fact, it intensified into high school, heavy kissing in the halls, smoking was fine and allowed as long as it was outdoors, you could smell an occasional whiff of marijuana in the breeze as you walked outdoors to class. And now it wasn't just the students who were in the mire but many of the teachers too as they tried to impose liberal beliefs on us in what most would think was a model high school. For many, those who had no Christian training at home, the liberal agenda quickly stuck and entrapped. For few of us, we fought it like mad trying our best to hold on to what was right and good. We tried so hard to hang on to the beliefs we were brought up with as contraception was brazenly taught to us in mixed coed classes adding to the confusion. Joltin' Joe had left and gone away. Where was the real choice? Where was my choice to live a Godly moral life free and with honor as these liberal ideas were being forced? How many little unborn babies were murdered at the core of this new "freedom" - on the altar of "choice"?
Those who were supposed to be open minded, were they really open to the choice of the baby? Are they now really open to Christian principles and moral absolutes? Perhaps the lack of absolutes is really an absolute they say they don't believe in?
At the very least, if prostitution is illegal, and that involves a person's body shouldn't that help us to see abortion for what it is, that there is another body involved? A most innocent body? If a pregnant woman is murdered and it's considered double homicide, shouldn't that help us to see what is transpiring here and the wickedness and cruel torture involved in these barbaric acts? As suspecting tests are administered as to the unborn baby's health, do we to play God and say who is worthy to live and who is not? Heaven forbid!
Where was the outcry then and now? Perhaps part of it was the fact some of us then were so embarrassed by what was going on we didn't tell our parents what was transpiring in the schools. Perhaps we noticed our parents on the passive side when Roe vs. Wade transpired and people seemed more interested in Watergate than living babies. Perhaps we were becoming some pretty mixed up kids. Who wouldn't be? Some of us were desperately trying to hold that rope while double standards were at play. Our relatives coming back from college never the same with lost convictions. Our teachers who we were taught to respect, shoving liberal ideas contrary to the Bible down at us.
What happened to me? By the time I graduated high school, of course I had been marred in various ways by it all, we can't place our kids in Alaska and expect to grow a palm tree. Please don't be deceived on that, be careful where you place your children and under whose authority whether it be the school or the church, be careful of the companionship that surrounds your children no matter what the age. I don't think the Bible is kidding when it reads, He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20. Homeschooling is a wonderful option by the way, we've homeschooled for over 20 years and it has been a huge blessing to us.
A year or so after high school I was to meet my husband to-be at an Italian wedding, he had recently dedicated his life to the Lord. We've been married for almost 30 years now, serving the Lord together. We've been blessed with four lovely daughters.
The year. 2010.
What happened to "Jane Roe"? Her real name, Norma McCorvey; a Christian now, she is a vocal anti-abortion advocate. She never had the abortion fought for in Roe vs. Wade giving birth to a baby girl, giving the baby life choosing adoption.
"I think abortion is wrong. I think what I did with Roe vs. Wade was wrong, and I just have to take a pro-life position on [abortion]" ("World News Tonight," 8/10/95).
McCorvey was . . . haunted by simple things like empty swings in a playground. "They were swinging back and forth but they were all empty. And I just totally lost it, and I thought 'Oh my God. The swings are empty because there's no children, because they've all been aborted'" ("World News Tonight," 8/10/95).
~ "Jane Roe" Norma McCorvey
One thing I knew when I turned my life completely to Christ and started understanding scripture more; and that is that I wanted to be serious about my walk with Christ. God forbid that my children would see passivity or compromise in me, when it came to a loving Christian walk or when it came to our stand for the babies. The babies who have no choice.
Our kids know, I hope they know and see what is important by our actions by what we do. Do we stand for what is right? Or do we play it safe and not rock the boat forgetting that what we do for the least of these we have done it unto Him? Do we put them in the same environment some of us were placed in? ...God forbid.
What can we do? Be educated on the facts. When allowing a doctor or any medical professional whether it be a midwife, surgeon or nutritionist to attend to your needs ask them where they stand on abortion. This will reflect on their ethics in how they will treat you. It amazes me, the people who say they believe in what they call choice (the prodeath agenda), but fail to think about the end result of it when carried through. What they may perceive as inconvenience will affect them in old age. Just look at the people who were passive about the healthcare bill, ignoring the abortion portion of it but then suddenly when they noticed euthanasia in the bill, they became most concerned.
Prayerfully participate in the life marches. Vote prolife! Support prolife candidates! That is the very least we can do. Take that stand. There are simple things you can do such as display a life bandor wear a precious feet pin, committing to pray over the lives of these little unborn babies. If you are a stay at home mom, be the best stay at home mom and wife you can be. Put your all into your home and make that home a peaceful place where the Lord dwells, make your home a peaceful sanctuary and refuge. Give your children the real deal, not synthetic Christianity...If you give them the real deal they will recognize the counterfeit easily. As a stay at home mom you can also write letters, and have your children write letters on behalf of the unborn to the proper officials. Pray together daily as a family for the unborn that the scourge of abortion would end.
There are many prolife pregnancy centers that would greatly value your time depending on your season of life, there are many in need of counselors, people to organize their maternity and baby clothes rooms, just do simple cleaning. Most clinics will appreciate gently used maternity clothes or baby items. Perhaps monetary gifts to keep those clinics running with supplies etc. And remember, many lobbyists are fighting the fight, many organizations fund these lobbyists working hard for the rights of our unborn.
Commit to living a godly life. Shine light to others, don't marginalize the Christian walk with compromise allowing darkness in. Let's be found blameless as we stand for the unborn.
That way you will be able to determine what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. ~Philippians 1:10
As I trod this highway of life, our entire family has participated in prayerful pickets, counseling and general support of our unborn babies. Our daughters are active in prolife activities as well. My oldest daughter at 27 is a counselor at a prolife clinic as she also shares a message on abstinence and the gospel of Christ to those who come into the clinic. She is well qualified to do so, a living testimony at 27, she's single, saving her first kiss for the altar. Parents, expect much! Pray hard, do hard things for Christ! He is Faithful!
Please remember. It is a Child not a Choice. I believe little unborn babies should also have the choice of what to do with their bodies. One day as you grow older there may be others who take your choice away. Remember, your thinking now, your stand now for the unborn and all innocent life, may affect you when you grow older. It may affect you in less than ideal situations.... Just ask Terri Schiavo's family. See her timeline here.
If only wombs had windows and we could hear the silent screams of the babies. Some are worried about torture when abortion is the ultimate torture, and to an innocent baby! Oh please don't be as the church once was in Nazi Germany as the schools changed and indoctrinated the students and most said nothing. Please don't be like the churches then as the boxcars with innocent Jewish grandparents, parents and children were on the way to the death camps screaming desperately for help, and the churches sang their hymns all the louder to cover what they perceived as uncomfortable noise. Please hear the screams of the unborn with your heart!
If you have been deceived and have been affected by this atrocity and holocaust this country calls choice, please know God will forgive a repentant heart and He is there arms open wide. He can make beauty out of ashes.
One day your little grandchildren or great grandchildren may ask:
"Where were you when they were killing the babies? Did you try to stop it?"
What will we say about the year 2010?
What will you say on judgement day as the Lord asks you what did you do to the least of these?
Hear are some facts and helpful links about the unborn:
Partial Birth Abortion
Diary of an Unborn Baby starting at Day 1.
National Right to Life (a wealth of information)
Who is Funding Abortion? Let's be aware of who we are giving God's money to.
Do Precious Feet Save Lives? (very interesting testimonies)
Get the pin
Get a life band
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
Truly I say to you, In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me. ~Matthew 25:40b
You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~Psalm 139
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Monday, January 18, 2010
Tiny Human Feet
(10 weeks after conception)
HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Feel free to mute the music at the bottom of the page to hear the video clearly.
http://bound4life.com/ Join in prayer. Get a life band, make the covenant for the unborn.
The story of the tiny feet pin. Get the tiny feet pin to share your care for the unborn.
Do the Precious (tiny) feet pins save lives? You betcha! Read testimonies here.
Houston We Have a Problem.
http://www.massmediamail.com/durarealidad/ WARNING: This contains graphic images so be aware of that and make sure children are out of the room. Eduardo Verastugui the star of Bella also gives a most beautiful testimony.
http://www.prolife.com/ This site is a wealth of information.
http://www.nrlc.org/ What is partial birth abortion? This site will answer your question.
See illustration here. These illustrations are medically accurate.
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? ~Proverbs 24:11-12
Will our grandbabies ask, where were you when they were killing the babies? Did you try to stop it?
May our children know we were and are standing for the unborn by our physical actions as well as on our knees in prayer. And then we will see our young people also standing for the unborn marching as true Soldiers of Christ for the little innocent babies.
Then we can say as parents, all is well. Homeschooling at best. At best.
Here is a current photo hot off the press: A beautiful sight!
If you like you may stop by my other blog: thats-italian for a rather swell family movie night suggestion. One of the very best ways to serve the Lord is to give our all in our homes, keeping our homes that peaceful sweet haven unto the Lord.