Sunday, September 27, 2009
The Prologue Anne Bradstreet
To sing of wars, of captains, and of kings,Ten Swine Flu Lies Told by the Mainstream Media
Of cities founded, commonwealth begun,
For my mean pen are too superior things:
Or how they all, or each their dates have run
Let poets and historians set these forth,
My obscure lines shall not so dim their worth.
It's just the flu. Nothing else. No big deal. We have had several friends that have had it and used natural remedies to recover. Let us know if you would like a copy of the organic/ natural regiment.
Am I wasting my life?
Another problem is how we perceive our responsibility relating to time. Some live as though time is to be passed. The more diligent live as though time is to be filled. But Christians should know that time must be redeemed...The great Puritan compliment was to speak of a man as a redeemer of time, one who used time wisely. Charles Chauncey told Ezra Stiles that Cotton Mather was such a man: ‘He was the greatest redeemer of time I ever knew.’
How one family eliminated $106,000 of debt
God blessed their faithfulness and determination to get out of debt the right way. An excellent read.
Woman dies at 99, leaves behind 1,400 descendants!
The Nits: People Who Cannot Afford to Spare a Piece of Their Minds, But Who Give Authors Selective Chunks
Christian Private School vs. Christian Home Education by Israel Wayne
Personally, I don’t think there is a more vicious pack of carnivorous beasts on the planet than a group of junior high students. There are many adults who still carry around the wounds and scars of their adolescence. Many young people during this transformational age are scared and uncertain about themselves and their place in the world. They feel vulnerable and don’t want to show their fears, so they look for weakness in others and lunge at any opportunity to exploit it...
Salvaging Civilization Anxious, ambitious, and voluntary "Deborahism" will not save our country.
500 Years of Liberty Birthed by the Reformation. Doug Phillips
State Controlled Consciousness John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education (5 part series)
9/12 Tea Party march on Washington...HIGHLY Inspirational!
How to successfully defeat an abusive social worker The anti spanking movement in this country has become very very dangerous. The laws in this country that pertain child abuse are changing very very rapidly. Child Protective Services, friend of foe? Det. Robert Surgenor's lecture had Andrea and I nearly standing on our chairs waving towels above our heads cheering. That would translate into a 5 out of 5 stars. ;) Excellent stories. (CD 16)
"Twenty years ago I would have never believed I would be standing here today, from a lowly policeman to a person who if fighting our culture, the anti-god, anti-parent culture that we live in today. I give all the glory to God because He has sent me in this direction, and if nothing else, we're starting to show christian families how they can protect themselves from this destructive culture."
Covenantal Approach to Jurisdictions Offers an overview and gives understanding of the jurisdictions of family, church and state. Excellent. Was glad it was in my library so I was able to review it again recently for a friend. Definitely a resource to keep on hand. (Volume 1 DVD 2)
Toxic: Seven Poisons that Threaten the Health of the Homeschool Movement - and Their Antidotes
Friday, September 25, 2009
and we are really, really, really, impressed. We're finding that it is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than the KitchenAid Meat Grinder Attachment that went on our KitchenAid stand mixer
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"Although the death of my wife has been exceedingly painful to me yet I subdue my grieve as well as I can. Had not a powerful self control been promised and given me I could not have born up so long. I have be bereaved of my best companion of my life. Of one whom had it been so ordered would not only have been the willing sharer of my exile and poverty, but even of my death. During my life she was the faithful helper of my ministry." ~Penned by John Calvin about his wife, Idelette, a few days after her death.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
"Tomorrow I’ll lecture at the Liberty Weekend Dedicated to Frédéric Bastiat, sponsored by the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education (PAFERE) in Warsaw. Preparing for my visit, I reread Bastiat’s great book The Law (online in PDF format here and for sale here.). Oh do we need Bastiat today! The Law is the kind of book you can read a couple of times a year to great advantage. It’s amazing how much Bastiat packed into that little book. Each time I read it, I come across some point that is particularly relevant to our time and find myself thinking, 'I didn’t remember that!'" Sheldon Richman
Modesty and the Christian Woman
Be like David...Not like Mike
End The Fed, Save The Dollar
What Every Christian Should Know About the Babylonian Empire
Peter Schiff for Senate in Connecticut
Greg Bahnsen- The Myth of Neutrality (Part 5)
How Young Men & Ladies Should Treat Each Other In The Church
Collision Movie Preview
Friday, September 18, 2009
"Encourage him."-Deuteronomy 1:38
"Gabriel, my servant Joshua is about to lead my people into Canaan-go, encourage him."
God never works needless miracles; if His purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, He will not use miraculous agency. Gabriel would not have been half so well fitted for the work as Moses.
A brother's sympathy is more precious than an angel's embassy. The angel, swift of wing, had better known the Master's bidding than the people's temper. An angel had never experienced the hardness of the road, nor seen the fiery serpents, nor had he led the stiff-necked multitude in the wilderness as Moses had done. We should be glad that God usually works for man by man. It forms a bond of brotherhood, and being mutually dependent on one another, we are fused more completely into one family.
Brethren, take the text as God's message to you.
Labour to help others, and especially strive to encourage them. Talk cheerily to the young and anxious enquirer, lovingly try to remove stumbling blocks out of his way. When you find a spark of grace in the heart, kneel down and blow it into a flame. Leave the young believer to discover the roughness of the road by degrees, but tell him of the strength which dwells in God, of the sureness of the promise, and of the charms of communion with Christ. Aim to comfort the sorrowful, and to animate the desponding. Speak a word in season to him that is weary, and encourage those who are fearful to go on their way with gladness.
God encourages you by His promises; Christ encourages you as He points to the heaven He has won for you, and the spirit encourages you as He works in you to will and to do of His own will and pleasure. Imitate divine wisdom, and encourage others, according to the word of this evening.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
"You will be 5 years from now where you are today except for the books you read, the audios you listen to and the people you associate with."
The Sovereignty of God
Why God named the race "adam"...
The very best church in America
How Do You View Children?
The Road To Serfdom
Don't Protest the Presidents School Speech if...
The Battle That Saved Our Common Law (The Battle of Teutoburg Forest)
The Institutes of Biblical Law
A True Picture of Emigration
Marriage Killer #1: Unrealistic Expectations
Mary Adams Maverick: A Texas Pioneer
MacArthur on The Purpose Driven Life
The Providence and Perseverance of George Washington
Jamestown's Legacy of Christ, Liberty and Common Law
The Global Influence of John Calvin
The Life of Captain John Smith
Thursday, September 10, 2009
1. How was the Marie Madeline Studios born? What inspired it?
Be sure to visit their wonderful blog to stay in tune with the goings ons, and for tutorials and instructions as well. And consider signing up for their newsletter too! Thank you Long family! It's been a pleasure getting to know y'all!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
The 2009 Vision Forum “Kit and Kaboodle” CD Library features some of our most popular messages, providing biblical answers to many of the most-asked questions from parents who long for a victorious family vision. And, as a special perk, we are including our brand-new Jonathan Park audio adventure album in this year’s collection!
In order to make these inspirational, family-building CDs available to as many families as possible, for a limited time we are offering the “Kit and Kaboodle” CD Library at a 78% savings — pay only $1.98 per CD! We hope this special $99 price will enable you to substantially increase your family’s audio library, and perhaps purchase additional sets to encourage your extended family and friends as well.
Some of Ah the life's favorites?
Okay, never mind. I'm just going to end up putting them all on the favorites list. We've heard all of them except "George Washington: America's Joshua" (go listen to the clip, Wasn't that good?!?!) and undoubtedly it's will be just as inspiring, informative, and helpful as the rest. We have always found what we needed, in every Vision Forum CD we've listened to. At $1.98 a piece, the same as a coffee a day, the value in the content of the messages and what they will produce in your family life, business life, church life, is worth far more than the investment.
Visit www.visionforum.com today!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
We were invited to stop in and visit their online store and peruse the wide selection of cheery fabrics so that they could make us our very own custom order Chic Sister Aprons!
They've many fabric choices to offer and it was not difficult at all to mix and match. Settling on one combination was though!
The packages arrived adorned with an extra special Marie~Madeline touch, (Aren't they lovely?) and just in time for us to wear them as we hosted yesterday's gathering.
Andrea and I have for sometime been fascinated with the mother-daughter team of Proverbs 31 entrepreneurs behind the vision of Marie~Madeline Studios. We want to know what makes them tick! :) And what inspires and attributes to the success of their cottage industry. So we decided to ask them! Stay tuned for an interview with the Long ladies.
And be sure to stop in and visit them and their beautiful collection of Marie~Madeline apparel and accessories!
Monday, September 07, 2009
Today our family and fellow entrepreneurs are gathering to celebrate the fundamental ideals of Freedom and Free Enterprise, to promote a vision for economic opportunity by encouraging the pursuit of financial stability and freedom. I thought I'd share a couple of our fundamental ideals and some suggestions on how you might spend your day.
Being free even when we are not free
One of our fundamental convictions is that to become a free people and remain a free people it's our responsibility to cultivate the ability to see in men what they can become. This stems from our understanding that God in His sovereign wisdom lovingly afforded us the means to affect greatness in us His creation by not allowing all to be born into equal financial positions and status. He does however gift and uses divinely appointed circumstances to sanctify us, to cause maturity and to promote the responsible handling of that which He has entrusted to us. As His workmanship God has a vision of greatness for us and seeks to shape us into a people of Christian virtue which will affect reformation in the economic sector.
"And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship," Exodus 31:3
Another of our foundational convictions that we stand on for the preservation of freedom and free enterprise is a staunch opposition to the promotion of societal warfare, be it by class, status or color. This stems from our Lord's vision for us when He said,
"Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9,
and "But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house [divided] against a house falleth." Luke 11:17Finally, for today, one just as dear to us as the rest because of it's cultural relevance and providentially aided preservation, the formation and solidity of a well ordered godly home. This has proven to be one of our greatest assets.
My sister and I are stay-at-home daughters. My father has been laid-off more than once simply because that is the nature of the job scene. We understand that employees are a resource and little else. Job security is an illusion.
We've not gone to work during these times however. We have cut back, reorganized, and worked together. We have launched home-based businesses wherein we worked together under our father's headship, applying our talents and sharing in and utilizing christian fellowship that is edifying to one another.
This has been the most rewarding and profitable application of our energies and gifting so far. We also have the self fulfillment, many seek, from being responsible for and investing ourselves in an aspect of our father's enterprise (or the transaction of trust Prov 31:11). We are seeing our applied creativity and work ethic affect successful monetary outcomes and also have seen family reformation with a vision for entrepreneurship multiplied outside our home producing further income and economic maturity. In our experience this is a woman's best use of her time and talent. Essentially it effects an economic reformation not only in our home but in the homes of others.
Recommended Resources for Your celebration of Freedom and Free Enterprise!
Read One Blood The bible teaches there is one race. Understand God's perspective and wisdom on the colors He created.
Visit Mr. Voddie Baucham's excellent blog and Ministry
Research the violent histories that were part of the creation of Labor Day.
Watch The Monstrus Regiment of Women. Feminism hurts women. From a consistently Christian perspective, The Gunn Brothers show how feminism has had a devastating impact on the church, state, and family.
Memorize a Quote "A quote in honor of Labor Day: "There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work" ~Charles Spurgeon
Go meet someone you don't know and share the fundamentals of freedom and free Enterprise with them.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
A tour of the typical home reveals numerous opportunities to start a home services franchise.
They say that almost every business imaginable can be franchised--and probably already has been. The franchise industry is spreading into all facets of life because the dependable products, systems and services that form the foundation of franchising are exactly what value-conscious consumers are looking for in today's tough marketplace.
As just one example of how ubiquitous franchises have become, let's take a look around a typical home to see what types of opportunities await people interested in starting a home services franchise.The Lawn
Before we even enter a home, we form our opinions based on the exterior appearance of the house. There are several franchises that specialize in the year-round maintenance of the lawn, including mowing, fertilizing and pest control. Or, if a homeowner prefers to avoid the need for such maintenance, there are franchises that install artificial turf products instead.
The Exterior Appearance
In addition to the lawn, the quality and maintenance of the paint job of a home is critical to its outward appearance. There are numerous franchises that specialize in exterior (and interior) painting and maintenance of the home; in fact, there are even franchises that paint the black sealer on driveways. Don't forget the all-important gutters; installing and maintaining gutters is another specialty area of franchising.
Most homeowners enter their house through the garage, and there are a number of franchises that focus on that important space. Some offer products and services designed to help organize the garage with cabinets and shelves, and others provide special floor coatings to protect the concrete surface.
From the garage, many homeowners soon find themselves in the kitchen, so naturally there are many franchises designed to offer benefits in this area of the house. They range from franchises that renew the appearance of counters and cabinets to franchises that remodel the entire kitchen. The Kitchen
One decision every homeowner faces is what type of flooring to have and how to care for it. Whether they're thinking of carpet, hardwood, tile or vinyl, there is a franchise business that will provide the product and install it for them. There are also numerous specialty franchises that maintain and clean all types of flooring. Floors
Let's not forget one of the most important features of any home--the windows. There are myriad window coverings available--and a number of franchises that will come to homeowners with all the options. And when the windows get dirty, there are even window-washing franchises to come to the rescue. Windows
No home ever seems to have enough closet space. Thankfully, there are a number of franchises that exist to help organize closets for maximum efficiency. They help customers design closet layouts and then sell and install the products needed to make these the most efficient rooms in the house. Closets
Over the years, bathroom styles have transitioned from a fairly sterile and functional design approach to one that is often closer to a work of art. There are franchises offering everything from fast and inexpensive cosmetic "makeovers" to complete remodeling services to make this once-dull room a focal point of the home Bathrooms
Homes are lived in and they get dirty. In this day and age of two-income families, it is often a necessity to hire outside help to keep the house clean. Luckily, there are numerous franchises that offer home-cleaning services. In addition to maid-service franchises that focus on bathrooms and horizontal surfaces, there are also franchises that focus on vents and other areas not so obvious to the average homeowner. Maid Services
It's also easy to find franchises meant to help homeowners with everything from simple accessorizing tips to a complete interior renovation. Many of these franchises have computer graphics packages that allow the homeowner to see what the proposed results will look like before making final decisions. Interior Decorating
Franchises are available for almost every product and service you can imagine. After this short tour around a typical home, you can get a sense of just how many different offerings there are. If you've got the entrepreneurial itch, and a love for helping people improve their homes, you might just become the next new home-related franchise operator. As we head back outside the home, there are a few other franchise options to consider. There are franchises that focus on swimming pools and hot tubs. Others specialize in creating decks and patios, providing shade with awnings, and even building sunrooms. Finally, and most importantly to some, there are even franchises that will clean up after the dog does his business.
As we head back outside the home, there are a few other franchise options to consider. There are franchises that focus on swimming pools and hot tubs. Others specialize in creating decks and patios, providing shade with awnings, and even building sunrooms. Finally, and most importantly to some, there are even franchises that will clean up after the dog does his business.
Jeff Elgin is the "Buying a Franchise" coach at Entrepreneur.com and has 25 years of experience in franchising, both as a franchisee and a senior franchise company executive. He's currently the CEO of FranChoice Inc., a company that provides free consulting to consumers looking for a franchise that best matches their needs.
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