Thursday, August 30, 2007

God: the homeschooling Father

Q: What’s it like having the knowledge that you are a product of the public school system? Especially when you look around and see all these brilliant home school kids?

A: Being a product of the public school system has made me acutely aware of my need for the Savior. In order to accomplish anything that requires a real education, I have had to rely solely on Him. The time I have spent with Him as my Heavenly Homeschool Teacher has taught me a lot about Him; what He’s like and what plans He has for me. I can imagine that it has been a blessing to Him too having a blank slate to work with.

I don’t mind knowing that I am a “nobody” in conjunction with the fact that God is a “somebody.” In fact this arrangement means everything to me for many reasons. Most importantly I have gotten to know God better because of this providence.

He is Omniscient and Omnipresent.

First He is always with me, readily available with instruction, and that comforts and frees me from any anxiety that I will be a failure. As it is that I don’t bring much, and should probably say “nothing” to the table, He is always present to make a greater sacrifice and carry the greater part of the burden that I cannot shoulder; thus He is my ever-present help and my exploits can be accomplished.

I know that He will be there for my every need in the future because He has proven that by being there again and again in the past.

Midnight answers are the most exciting to receive. I have learned to have paper and pen at my bedside. There has been many a time when God has awoken me with an answer to a puzzling situation.

Because He is omniscient He is the “great resource manual” and has all the biblically sound answers I need to reconcile any question. That is why I ask Him. He’s never left me stumped…forever…(smiling) One of the pages in His manual has the instructions of how to work with Kelly. He knows me, what works, what doesn’t.

He teaches me differently than they taught me. He has been kind in giving instruction and a comfort to me as I worked.

He has taught me to focus. I have to “keep my eyes on Him” by continually going to him with questions in order to get the answers He had for me… an excellent remedy for a scatterbrain and possible ADHD case. He has what I want. The answers!

He didn’t mind working with a blank slate. He takes me from where I am to where I need to be and isn’t frustrated with me. He doesn’t allow me to use the excuses the public school did. Where I once was a slow reader/learner and was tagged so, God has shown me that this is not the truth at all. I left high school having never read an entire book in my life. Now my love for books far exceeds many things and my library shelves are running over. (Onto the floor over my desk and under the bed)

He also knows when to give an answer and when to make me work for it. He disciplines me.
He leads me or directs which way I should go in a project, rather than leaving me behind stumped and discouraged. He wipes away worries and fears of lack of accomplishment or creativity or knowledge. Sometimes I don’t even know what questions to ask and He says “try this” and in the course of trying it I learn how to think and what questions to ask the next time around when I am stumped. He’s taught me how to trouble shoot and this has boosted my confidence.

Parting Thoughts:

God doesn’t put a premium on stupidity…

Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.
Pro 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
Pro 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Pro 4:7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Pro 4:11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
Pro 8:11 For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

God used me because once I was usable, not just because I was a blank slate but in conjunction with my brokenness. Having acknowledged that my life had been a waste apart from Him His lordship and laws, I was able in that brokenness to see my need for the Savior.

More to Come:
English lessons. He hasn’t helped me with my grammar yet…;o)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Currently Reading...

Jonathan Goforth, 1859-1936, Missionary to China.
As a poor Canadian farm boy, Jonathan Goforth had no idea that he would spend most of his life braving disaster, danger, and disease to share God's love with the people of China. But when God led him to do just that, nothing, not even the violent Boxer Rebellion, would stop Jonathan and his family from answering God's call.

The book is available here.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Who shall prosper?

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy." Pro 28:13

As seen in this wonderful video clip God and Hollywood presented by Ray comfort and

Ray Comfort will be speaking at this year's San Antonio Independant Christian Film Festival sponsored by Vision Forum, Panavision, Final Draft, and Extreme Meetings.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Currently Reading...

As Mr. Bradrick suggested on his CD "Bewitched by the World"
An excerpt from the introduction by Norman P. Grubb:
"I learned and saw that revival is first personal and immediate. It is the constant experience of any simplest Christian who "walks in the light," but I saw that walking in a the light means an altogether new sensitiviness to sin, a calling things by their proper name of sin, such as pride, hardness, doubt, fear, self pity, which are often passed over as merely human reaction. It means a rediness to "break" and confess at the feet of Him who was broken for us, for the Blood does not cleanse excuses, but always cleanses sin, confessed as sin: then revival is just the daily experience of a soul full of Jesus and running over."
"Further, we are beginning to learn, as a company of Christ's witnesses, that the rivers of life to the world do not flow out in their fulness through one man, but through the body, the team. Our brokenness and openness must be two-way, horizontal as well as vertical, with one another as with God. We are just beginning to experience in our own ranks that team work in the Spirit is one of the keys to revival, and that we have to learn and practise the laws of a living fellowship."
Read the online version here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Read this and Re-Read this....

Read this and re-read this; then mark in your minds the two different sort of men that Luther here describes. He is outlining for you the character of a good man and an evil man. This here is an excellent guide for measuring up a man's worthiness of the honorable estate of marriage.
A second thought would be, recognize that if an endeavor isn't your "cup of tea" that doesn't mean that it isn't your calling in life. God has said what your calling is in His word. Be fruitful and multiply is one of His commands.
If one finds marriage and the raising of children to be drudgery and then justifies his self-centered attitude with the excuse that it must be as my single friends said before I married, "Do what you like and do what you are good at because you have a whole life of doing ahead of you" than he will perpetuate his self-centered attitude by believing such lies.
Call good what God calls good. Let God be true and every man a liar. Romans 3:4
There is application for us daughters. Children obey your parents, Eph 6:1, Col 3:20 Honor thy father and thy mother, Exodus 20:12. These commands are very clearly given. Doing what is right isn't always easy, it isn't always preferable, but that is not because the institution of a God ordained family is wrong; it's because we are unwise and unskilled daughters. If we humble ourselves and embrace the changes that God has put before us to make, we will find ourselves living one day in homes we delight in, with people love to serve, doing as Luther calls them, "truly golden and noble works."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hat Etiquette ~ a little to the left please...

Today we ran our Friday errands and added an extra stop to the list. We had spied a hat shop along our route the other day and made arrangements to pay them a visit...unfortunately there wasn't a single hat that was in our color range, as lovely as they were. While we were there we did learn that there was a code of ethics to hat wearing. Of course we all understand that hat etiquette involves men tipping their hats to ladies or removing them if they wish to converse with a lady. But I had no idea there were rules that applied to us ladies as well.

Standing before the mirror, spying how I looked in a plum woven hat, I frowned when I realized the crown was tall enough that I could compete with Haas on Bonanza. The salesclerk could barely handle my clumsy hat etiquette and gave us a brief overview of how a lady wears a hat. "Are you married?" she asked.
"No" I replied wondering what that had to do with hats. "Then a little to the left please. Married women wear their hats tilted or drawn down to the right and unmarried ladies tilt to the left." I gazed for another moment considering what would happen if a potential suitor was dislexic and mistook me for a married woman but my procrastination pushed her over her limit. "You ladies please come over here," referring to my mother and Andrea. She positioned them a good 7 feet away from me so they could view a master at work. (Or perhaps so my foolishness wouldn't rub off before she saved me from my hat foibles.) "Now watch how this works." She proceeded to rearrange the hat on my head a little to the front and quite a distance to the left. I looked at myself once more and thought sarcastically, "Now that ought to get me married." It appeared as though I had just been in a fender bender, hit from behind in traffic. I placed it back square and center. "I am affraid that I will have to break the rules on this one, so I can see where I am going" With her hands on her hips she held her peace. I had a mental lapse however and decided to try on another never even suspecting I would be disarranged once more. What was I thinking?

"Oh no, no. Understand that the brim must not extend past the nose!" Off came the hat. She turned it around backwards and replaced it on my head. "There you see ladies?"

Of Providence

O how ravishing and delectable a sight will it be to behold at one view the whole design of Providence, and the proper place and use of every single act, which we could not understand in this world! What Christ said to Peter is as applicable to some providences in which we are now concerned as it was to that particular action: 'What I do, thou knowest not now: but thou shalt know hereafter' (John 13:7). All the dark, intricate, puzzling providences at which we were sometimes so offended, and sometimes amazed, which we could neither reconcile with the promise nor with each other, nay, which we so unjustly censured and bitterly bewailed, as if they had fallen out quite against our happiness, we shall then see to be to us, as the difficult passage through the wilderness was to Israel, 'the right way to a city of habitation' (Ps. 107:7).

And yet, though our present views and reflections upon Providence are so short and imperfect in comparison to that in heaven, yet such as it is under all its present disadvantages, it has so much excellence and sweetness in it that I may call it a little heaven, or as Jacob called his Bethel, 'the gate of heaven.' It is certainly a highway of walking with God in this world, and a soul may enjoy as sweet communion with him in His providences as in any of His ordinances. How often have the hearts of its observers been melted into tears of joy at the beholding of its wise and unexpected productions! How often has it convinced them, upon a sober recollection of the events of their lives, that if the Lord had left them to their own counsels they had often been their own tormentors, if not executioners! Into what and how many fatal mischiefs had they precipitated themselves if Providence had been as short-sighted as they! They have given it their hearty thanks for considering their interest more than their importunity, and not allowing them to perish by their own desires. John Flavel's The Mystery of Providence pages 22-23

Friday, August 17, 2007

Q & A

Q: "What have you learned by being a daughter provided for at home?"

A: "I have learned gratitude."

Q: "So it stands to reason that when your father can't provide it causes ingratitude?"

A: "No, bitterness causes ingratitude not father's submission to God's providence."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Heart of Oliver Cromwell

Andrea and I were spending a quiet evening together tonight catching up on our sewing and alterations. A couple hours ago she got out a CD to play while we worked. As a normal passing question I asked her what she had chosen knowing that it was from Vision Forum's History of the World Mega Conference A.D. set.

"The one on Oliver Cromwell."

"Who is Oliver Cromwell?" I hate to admit it but have gotten used to having to say such things due to my public school education. Her head spun around. She looked at my with a quizzical expression to see if I was in jest and seeing that I was not, then made a small attempt to explain Cromwell's greatness but Dr. Morecraft had started his lecture, "He'll tell you," she said.

And then we were lost in the passionate and inspiring account of the life of Oliver Cromwell.

My thoughts are these:

It is important for young ladies to be aquainted with the lives of great men such as he was. They need to understand what Godly Christian character looks like in a man that they might encourage their brothers, understand their fathers, be confident in their choices of future husbands and know what aspirations they need to have while raising their future sons.

And so I listened to Dr. Morecraft's lecture again and want to leave you with the dying words of Oliver Cromwell to show you the heart of the man.

“The Covenants, they were two—two, but put into one before the foundation of the world. It is holy and true, it is holy and true it is holy and true! Who made it holy and true? Who kept it holy and true? The Mediator of the Covenant. The Covenant is but one. Faith in the Covenant is my only support, yet if I believe not, He abides faithful.”

“Is there none that will come and praise God.”

“Whatsoever sins thou hast, doest, or shall commit, if you lay hold upon free grace, you are safe, but if you put yourself under a Covenant of works, you bring yourself under the law, and so under the curse—then you are gone.”

“Is there none that says, Who will deliver me from peril?”

“Man can do nothing, but God can do what He will”

“Lord, Thou knowest, if I desire to live, it is to shew forth Thy praise, and declare Thy works. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

“All the promises of God are in Him yea, and in Him, Amen; to the glory of God by us, by us in Jesus Christ.”

“The Lord hath filled me with as much assurance of His pardon, and His love, as my soul can hold.”

“I think I am the poorest wretch that lives; but I love God, or rather, am beloved of God.”

“Here in is love, not that we love God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.”

Lord, although I am a miserable and wretched creature, I am in covenant with Thee through grace, and I may, I will, come to Thee, for Thy people. Thou hast made me (though very unworthy) a mean instrument to do them some good, and Thee service; and many of them have set too high a value upon me, though other wish and would be glad of my death; but, Lord, however Thou dost dispose of me, continue and go on to do good for them. Give them consistency of judgment, one heart, and mutual love: and go on to deliver them, and with the work of reformation; and make the name of Christ glorious in the world. Teach those who look too much upon Thy instruments, to depend more upon Thyself. Pardon such as desire to trample upon the dust of a poor worm, for they are Thy people too. And pardon the folly of this short prayer. Even for Jesus Christ’s sake. And give us a good night, if it be Thy pleasure Amen.”

The dying words of Oliver Cromwell.

To learn more about inspiring and remarkable life of Oliver Cromwell reference:
Dr. Joseph Morecraft's lecture in Vision Forum's History of the World A.D. 20- cd set.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Born Today

Zachary Michael Martin 5lb 15oz 19in born at 9:31am.
Why is "born today" such a significant title for this post? Because it is today that Zachary was born to his loving parents Patrick and Robyn Martin, parents counted among those that believe that God determines when to give life and it is not for us to sacrifice that life on the altar of convenience. We thank God for parents that have determined to have many children and raise them for God's glory.
Zachary is their first child and as Robyn mentioned to us last night the first of many.
Congratulations Patrick and Robyn.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Currently Reading...

"Learn then this basic truth, that the Creator is absolute Sovereign, executing His own will, performing His own pleasure, and considering nought but His own glory. "The LORD hath made all things FOR HIMSELF" (Prov. 16:4). And had He not a perfect right to? Since God is God, who dare challenge His prerogative? To murmur against Him is rank rebellion. To question His ways is to impugn His wisdom. To criticize Him is sin of the deepest dye. Have we forgotten who He is? Behold, "All nations before Him as are nothing; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God?" (Isa. 40:17, 18)."

Read the online version here.