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A Wal-Mart employee was killed this morning as a mob of “Black Friday” shoppers trampled him.

Seriously? You really need a cheap TV so badly that it is worth someone’s life? That’s the sad thing. The crap that goes on sale for Black Friday is not even anything that anyone NEEDS. If starving people trampled someone to get food, I understand the desperation. I wouldn’t condone it, but I could try and understand. But to save some money on “stuff?” No way.

This is how people kick of the Christmas season? How on EARTH does this have anything to do with Christmas?! Christmas is about love. Christmas is about Peace. Christmas is about giving. Christmas is about the ultimate sacrifice and the love of a very understanding Father.  Christmas is not about TV’s and Bratz dolls.

Even if you don’t believe in the true meaning of Christmas, I still can’t see how anyone could even want anything so bad that they would show such disregard of human life. I can’t. There is nothing on this planet that would make me act like that. You could tell me the first 10 people there got a million dollars and I STILL would not participate in such disgusting behavior.

May that poor man rest in peace and may his murderers learn that cheap crap is not worth more than human life.

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“When a child hits a child, we call it aggression.
When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility.
When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault.
When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.” – Haim Ginott

I actually get a lot of flack for choosing NOT to hit my child. I am not telling anyone what to do, but I thought I would share this perspective. I think children “learn what they live.” If what they live is violence, I personally believe that they will, in fact, learn violence. Why act in a way towards your child that could send you to jail if you did it to an adult in a public place? Or that your child would be suspended from school for using towards another child. Or you would punish one child for using with their sibling?

A lot of this pressure I get to spank comes from Christian friends. They say the Bible is very clear on this topic, and that it says you must spank your children. I don’t see it that way at all.

First, let’s look at some scripture.

“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
~ Matthew 25:40

I think that children surely fall into the “least of these” category. When you strike your child, you are striking the Lord.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
~ Ephesians 6:4

Violence leads to anger, plain and simple. If we are to bring up our children in the way of the Lord, we are to love them. The greatest commandments are about love… and I think hugs and kisses go a lot further with your child than belts and spankings.

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
~ Colossians 3:21

What could be more exasperating than having the person you love the most, the person who is supposed to guide you and teach you how to live your life HIT you and cause you pain when you have made a mistake?

Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.
~ Proverbs 29:17

All of this, by no means says you should not correct your child and teach them. It just does not have to be violent. There are ways to discipline without using your hands.

But what about the scriptures that refer to “the rod?”

Pr 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Pr 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Pr 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

Pr 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Pr 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

This does sound like we should be hitting our children… but to really understand, we should look at the historical meaning of the word that was translated to “rod” in these King James scriptures.

The word in its original Hebrew is shebet. It is defined in Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon as:
a. rod, staff
b. shaft (of spear, dart)
c. club (of shepherd’s implement)
d. truncheon, sceptre (mark of authority)
e. clan, tribe From an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, for example literally a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, walking, ruling, etc.) or figuratively a clan.

King James translates the word shebet as tribe 140 times, rod 34 times, sceptre 10 times, staff 2 times, miscellaneous other words 4 times.

There are words in Hebrew that could more clearly be used it the Bible were talking about a switch or stick as many people seem to view this scripture.choter and matteh are some of these words. They have specific meanings that indicate a branch etc.

The word shebet, however does often mean a staff. As in the staff that shepherds used to guide their flocks of sheep. A shepard gently uses such a staff to guide his flock, as a parent should gently guide their children.

If this was to be made clear, that we should all break branches off of tress and hit our kids with them, wouldn’t a more specific word have been used?

If you’d like a better study of all of this, check out http://www.gentlechristianmothers.com/articles/rodstudy.php. It goes through and shows every time shebet is translated to “rod” and shows the meanings behind the scriptures. It’s very good and where I got a lot of my information.

This was not written to chastise anyone for their parenting choices. It was written so people understand mine, and so that people can see another point of view. I’ve heard so much absolutism on this subject, with a “I am right and you are wrong” kind of attitude. I just thought I would show that there is another perspective and it is valid.

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My last blog got into the goals for life changes that I have.

The organization goals have not gone well. I need motivation… I need to see someone who has it together or something 🙂 But it’s still there. I still want to accomplish this very badly. I hate clutter and my house is full of it despite the fact that I’ve donate several carloads of stuff to Goodwill. Most of what is laying around now is paperwork. I need a filing cabinet or something to keep all of it straight.

Other goals are going well. A friend and I started going out and feeding the homeless in our community. It’s been an amazing and rewarding experience. We’ve met people from all walks of life. People who are just down on their luck, former gang members, recovering addicts, current addicts and everything in between. It is really great to not only bless them with some food, clothes and bibles (when they’ll accept them) but it’s been amazing to just converse with these people. You can tell that a lot of them are not used to people even looking them in the eye and they really enjoy the conversation. It works both ways. I love getting to know them and being blessed by their stories. So many of them have strong faith even though things are rough for them. That is beautiful to see.

If anyone reading this is in the Puget Sound area and wants to help out, contact me. We can always use more sandwich makers, financial donations and helpers to pass out the lunches.

Otherwise, life is good. I’m starting an elimination diet tomorrow and though I am not thrilled to be so restricted, I am glad that I will be able to sort out some of my health issues. I know I am going to have a hard time coming up with new meals with it though… and three weeks without chocolate are going to be hard!

Keagan is doing well. I can’t believe he is 15 months old already! He is such a little boy these days. Hardly a baby at all anymore. I think he gets cuter every day 🙂

Ok off to the store to buy foods without glutton, dairy, soy, egg, orange, corn and a bunch of other stuff.

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At a recent event with my church, someone said that being disorganized is a sin. It hit me hard. I’ve already been wanting to declutter, organize and basically get my life on track, but that really put a fire under me.

I had big plans for a yard sale, but I decided to just give away all the “stuff” instead. I may not be loaded, but I don’t need money that bad, and others could use my “stuff” better than I could.

So I loaded up the Saturn and had to make TWO trips down to Goodwill. This is after a recent trip (maybe a month ago?) where I filled it to the brim as well. HOW ON EARTH DO I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF??!!! Oh, and I will probably have about this much to take in tomorrow too. Ack!

And that’s just ONE load!

I am on a mission to get my life together, not just in the decluttering sense, but also in the sense that I should really be a less selfish person and should be living my life for Christ and for others more than for myself. So I am on a mission for change. If you are one of the few people who reads this, you can come along for the ride. Hopefully, I will learn a lot and be able to share some with you.

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Little Man was sick last night. He wouldn’t sleep (even though he was beyond exhausted!) and he would not nurse, which for Keagan is REALLY strange. Then he developed a fever.

I hate when he gets a fever. Before he had a (probably febrile) seizure, if his fever was not out of control, I let it run its course. That’s healthier. A fever has a purpose and it is better for the body to let it do what it is supposed to do. I’d also rather not put drugs in my baby boy.

But the advice from his doctors is now to medicate at the first sign of fever so as to avoid another seizure. So we use Mortrin and also Tylenol if the Motrin is not doing it on its own.

Last night, when I realized he had a fever. It was three am. Neither of us had been to sleep yet and he was burning up. I searched the house and, of course we had nothing I could give him. So I had to go out at three am and buy him some motrin. He eventually fell asleep around 4:15 am, waking three times before he got up for the day a little after 9:30. As you can guess, I am tired.

This morning, he is miraculously better, praise Jesus! He is his normal self, insisting that he “Go walk” and yelling at his “gogs.” What a relief! Now I can not wait until naptime, so I can rest too 😉

In other news, I’ve had a prayer answered. The other day, I was having a talk with the Lord. I was praying to Him and asking Him to please let me find a way to serve others. I often feel like I don’t know how I can be used and that what talents I have may not be useful. I told Him that I would love the be able to use my talents for loving others, but that I didn’t know how and I asked Him to show me.

Out of the blue yesterday, my phone rang. It was the Make a Wish Foundation and they asked if I could work with them on a project in my town for a little girl with muscular dystrophy. They want me to photograph the event they are setting up for her. I of course said yes.

I asked to serve and God showed me how I could. What a blessing! Now let’s all pray I don’t cry the whole time!

In other news, I am on a de-cluttering spree. I don’t know how we ended up with so much stuff, but a LOT of it is going down to the Goodwill. What a relief that will be!

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