Tuesday, December 30, 2008
American Life League's (ALL) Stop Planned Parenthood, or Stopp International, says it took a long time, but their campaign against Planned Parenthood finally got some results. "For 12 years in the Texas panhandle, there has been a fight against Planned Parenthood," he notes. "Planned Parenthood, in 1997, operated 19 clinics in the Texas panhandle."
Then the state reduced funding for the organization, and pro-life workers also continued in their efforts to shut Planned Parenthood's doors. "And as of December 31, there will no longer be any Planned Parenthood offices in the Texas panhandle," Sedlak explains. "They will all be gone."
The two remaining clinics in Amarillo have disaffiliated with the national organization. Sedlak says other cities can accomplish the same goal if they are determined, and information on that is available on the Stopp website.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
“[T]he King demands that the lady be sent home forthwith.... His Majesty cannot conceive it possible that she hath so far forgotten her birth, rank, and duty as to have maintained in Virginia this mad masquerade.... The ship is to bring home also — and in irons — the man who married her. If he swears to be ignorant of her quality ... then shall he be sent honorably back to Virginia with enough in his hand to get him another wife....” I interrupted fiercely. “My wife and I were married lawfully, in the sight of God and of man. What God has joined together, let not man tear asunder! She is my wife!” (Excerpt from pg. 91)
It illustrates the nobility of pure womanhood and the importance of a wife identifying with and supporting her husband’s vision:
“We drank of the same cup then, your Honor, and we will drink of it still. We twain were wedded, and the world strove to part us. We stand suffering for that which is right and true, true by the laws of England, and most of all, true before the God who ordained that a woman should follow her husband, yea an though a sovereign should command otherwise!” (Excerpt from pg. 260)
It clearly shows the role of a godly man, both as a valiant, fearless warrior, along with his duty to cherish and serve his wife:
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This morning I read your recent article on the LAF website and wanted to comment on it.
Your article is so true! I'm sure you have heard many examples of the success of what you are recommending, since God does prosper those who follow His ways. But I still wanted to say that yes, you are right! Entrepreneurship and economical stability can succeed even when the head of the family dies.
"So what happens when your husband dies or loses his job? You then have no job skills, no recent work history, and a mortgage to pay and kids to feed. Life insurance and unemployment are never enough to last more than a year. So how, exactly, do you plan to get by when your source of financial support goes away? Husbands don't live forever. Jobs don't last forever. Unless you have a backup plan, you're stuck trying to make ends meet on welfare or church assistance--neither of which goes very far. ALL women should keep up their education and job skills in order to serve their families in times of crisis. Taking off a little time here and there to be with infants is understandable. But don't fall into the trap of letting job skills go to seed."
Here’s what happened:
My faithful father did pass away at a relatively young age, four years ago, leaving a wife and two nearly-grown children and a legacy of hard work and good planning. And we didn’t have a mortgage, didn’t run out of life insurance, didn’t use welfare or church assistance, and the women didn’t have to start working—unlike the doubtful fears expressed in the question above. Of course, there was much work to do in managing his late estate; and we always love to stay industrious—but not out of worry of where the next meal would come from, thankfully.
Here’s how we were prepared:
My parents had built several houses and sold them, enabling them to build our then-current house without a mortgage, and eventually an out-of-town ranch as well. We did a lot of work ourselves, not on the actual framing and finishing of the houses, but on the landscaping and extra improvements which added value to the properties.
My dad had established a consulting firm thirteen years before, and through working at home had been able to have low overhead and greater savings. He had invested in life insurance ever since the start of his professional career, and the resulting payment was much greater than what would “last a year.” This aided in purchasing income-producing commercial properties and in allowing my mother to never have to work.
A few lessons that were realized:
Being out of debt was key, for it freed up all of the new resources (life insurance, etc.) for their best possible use. Out of debt, you can use resources without a feeling of guilt or worry. With no debt, it’s amazing how far money can go toward real needs—with some left over to invest in property or otherwise. If a family saves money and gets out of debt, it is incredibly fulfilling to be able to pursue entrepreneurial activities together, invest in greater income-producing potential, and enjoy the blessings of life. I realize there are many variables about type of vocation and state of the economy, but being debt-free will always, always, be a step in the right direction.
Being self-employed was, I think, a major factor in having the freedom to increase profit, save money, and not have even a mortgage. Being self-employed, we (but especially my father) had the freedom to be creative with our time and efforts, and also received all of the reward from our own labor. Our family worked together on everything and supported each other’s income-making endeavors. My brother and I worked hard at everything (in the house, farm, and business) from a young age, and though we never got an allowance nor got paid by the hour at first, we were well-compensated by being given wonderful opportunities and eventually being given a stake (directly or indirectly) in the profit of those endeavors.
With no debt, income and profit can span over generations,--such as enabling my brother to be grafted into my father's business, established at an early age, and capable of now supporting a family. You can be frugal and save money from the beginning of starting a household in order to reap exponential, generation-spanning rewards later on. I am so very thankful this was the pattern in our household. A little sacrifice in the beginning really does pay off in the long-term.
God’s providence has been paramount through this whole journey—from leading my parents to be self-employed and out of debt, to enabling us to be in a good financial position when my father passed away. Being in that advantageous position, however, made all the difference between being made destitute from a hard trial, and being able to weather it more than sufficiently. Having parents who invested so much into our lives has given us a great head-start for wherever we go in life. May we always use our abilities and financial freedom to serve God and others in a powerful way!
I’d encourage you to take the step for self-employment and debt-free living! It's a matter of living for the ease and luxury of the moment versus having a vision for future success and blessing. You’ll honor God and you’ll be more prepared either to sustain a hard circumstance or to prepare your children and grandchildren to start out strongly and prosper in life. Or both, in our family’s case. Praise the Lord!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Next, I found the Geneva Bible on sale at the Vision Forum catalog website on sale 50% off ($35.00). I selected it and put it in my electronic shopping cart.
Finally, I put my passport number in the "Redeem Passport Gift Certificate" portion of the check out. It was automatically deducted AFTER I paid the tax on $35. So the total amount (shipping being free for orders over $25) came to $12.84 (the $10 difference plus $2.84 Texas sales tax)."
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Once again, all toys will be 20% off, and all books, audio and DVDs will be 30% off. But here's the best part: a long list of new and old favorites will be 50% off! I've highlighted some favorites.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Do you eBay? I do...now and then that is. When I get the bug. I like the fact that it's easy to use with lots of handy tools when selling and buying. I particularly like being able to make invoices and print postage right here at home and then ring in the post man with the click of a button so I don't even have to go out to mail packages. It's easy to study the market to see if your Aunt Margie's
So, I added a link to our side bar. It's all the ahthelife auctions. We arrived at a point where our 1000 sq ft loss in the last move has put the squeeze on us a little to much. Feel free to peruse. Some listings start at a penny. I'll be diving out into the garage periodically for a while...and who knows what I will find...one man's trash is well....you know...the perfect gage gift this year...I hear Santa does his shopping on eBay for all the naughty children since coal is such a no-no these days....
Friday, December 12, 2008
In many ways, my husband is a self-made man. He has never followed a “typical” path but has eked out his own, meeting fascinating people and taking incredible detours along the way. Two years of junior college left him chomping at the bit for real life and greater opportunities, so he dove head-first into the world of law and politics as a teenager. Working as an intern for a law firm near Washington, DC, Matt lobbied for good causes and became increasingly disturbed by the lack of integrity and (yes) true manliness in the halls of government. He made another leap, starting his own business at age 22, doing research and writing while keeping chickens and hunting with black-powder rifle in the wilds of the Shenandoah Valley (he has long admired the great agrarian apologists like Richard Weaver and sought to emulate their ideals—manly men never just sit and watch the world go by).
Matt’s work branched out to include things as diverse as leading a two-week tour through Asia with 25 distinguished businessmen in 2001 and serving on the board of an organization devoted to helping refugees in Sudan. His service on that board grew with his love for Africa and the people there, and at least twice a year he can be found trekking into the wilds of Sudan and up the White Nile to bring relief to Darfurian refugees. In short, Matt is a far cry from today’s “metro-sexual” or video game addict. He is a true man’s man.
Matt reads widely, adding new volumes to our family library and constantly introducing his family to authors and ideas. Once a year, Matt hosts “The Gathering,” a much-anticipated event that honors one man for his contributions to American thought, culture, and theology. Guests of honor have included a noted historian, a principled statesman, and a great southern orator and pastor. For three days, the honoree is surrounded by men who pepper him with questions, learn from his answers, and honor him for his life. My husband’s desire to pay homage to real manhood shines through in each of these events. One year’s Gathering took place in England and Scotland, as Matt lead a tour through some of the greatest sites in Western history (and stopped in pubs that have been gathering places to greats like Cromwell and Gladstone).
He’d never sing his own praises, but, as his wife, I never tire of doing so. My husband can read G.A. Henty’s historical fiction aloud to our children at the dinner table and fix the brakes on a 1964 Ford pickup. He can deliver food and medical aid to a refugee camp on the border of Darfur and stand up in church the next week to tell about it. He can write a terse letter to the editor and compose beautiful poems to his wife. He plays piano masterfully by ear and sings with a wonderful baritone. His many facets shine in every situation, and he has never met a stranger. Because of his genuine manliness, our sons have a role model they can look up to on a daily basis, and our daughters have a hero for every bedtime story. Most of all, I have a husband I greatly admire, respect, and love passionately. He will always be my Man of the Year.
PS – The photo was taken in the upper Nile. My husband, cool as a cucumber in the 120-degree heat, demonstrates that it is possible to be well-dressed even in the far reaches of Africa. His companions are Sudanese freedom fighters.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Monday, December 08, 2008
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"Crystal, it doesn't matter what others think of you. It doesn't matter what others are doing. So long as you are seeking to please the Lord and honor me--that's what matters."
Which is why playing "The Comparison Game" is neither healthy or wise. It only leads to guilt, frustration, and much time wasted. And yet, I think it's something a lot of us women struggle with. We look at other women who seem more accomplished, or more organized, or thinner, or prettier, or better at this or that, or even more Godly, and we start feeling like we don't stack up.
Now granted, there's nothing wrong with being inspired or motivated by others and I'm not advocating that we all seek after mediocrity, but there is great danger in measuring ourselves and our abilities against another. Especially if this causes us to feel discouraged or inadequate.
Our worth is not in how pretty we are, how self-disciplined we are, how well-trained or advanced our children are, how long we've been married, how many children we have, how well we can decorate, how little we spend at the grocery store, or whatever it is that we feel like we might not measure up to another.
All that truly matters is who I am in Christ.
Read Finding Freedom From Guilt in it's entirety here.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
…for the safe arrival of Parker Xavier Stubbs.
8 lbs 20 1/2" long
-1 coffee mug (microwave-safe)
-4 T. cake flour (plain, not self-rising)
-4 T. sugar
-2 T. cocoa
-3 T. milk
-3 T. oil
-Splash of vanilla
-3 T. chocolate chips, optional (optional?)
Add dry ingredients to the mug; mix well with a fork. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix well. Add chips, if using.
Put mug in the microwave, and cook for three minutes at 1,000 watts. (note: my little low-wattage microwave cooked it perfectly at 3 minutes. You might want to try less time with yours.) Cake will rise over the top of the mug — do not be alarmed. When finished, carefully remove mug from microwave and allow to cool a little. Tip onto a small plate prior to serving, if desired. Yields one generous serving or two “more virtuous” servings.