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Friday, August 24, 2007

Stay at Home Mum's DO Contribute to Society!!!

I felt compelled to write this after seeing a story on our local news last night about a meeting between employers and mothers,who are preparing to re-enter the workforce. One mother said that she had been doing "the hardest job in the world" for 10 years, and now "was ready to make a contribution to society."

This riled me!! While I have nothing against the woman who made the statement,the modern mindset behind the comment that unless a woman is working outside of the home, then she is not contributing to society, really upset me, as a stay-at-home-mum of two. Feminism really has a lot to answer for!!

I believe that the "hardest job in the world" is also the most beautiful, most fulfilling, most challenging and most self-denying.Imparting wisdom to the next generation is no mean feat, especially when it produces noble,God-fearing, conscientious, community-minded citizens of the future!

The stay-at-home wife and or Mother is the heart-beat of the home.She is always there for her family, providing stability, routine and comfort for her family.She is there to cope immediately with the bad day at school for a hurting child.

The home-schooling Mum does society an extra favour of saving thousands of tax-payer dollars, through not using public education.

She is there with a cake and a cuppa for the lonely widow next door.(How many news stories have we heard lately about the elderly passing away in a lonely neighbourhood and no-one knowing for weeks!)

She forsakes the opportunity of a full-time job, leaving it open for a Dad to support his family.

What she lacks in money, she makes up for in thrift and industry.When you have more time to shop, not only shopping to save dollars, you have more time to consider such issues as buying Australian and environmentally friendly products, thus helping support our future society.

Instead of pursuing the Almighty Dollar, a Mum of older children may consider a day per week given to community service, or church work.

And as I've blogged about before, we need stay-at-home-mums to be there, to show other mum's who are tearing their hair out, what to do, and help them get through the tough days, and discover the joy in the journey.

Are you a Stay-at Home-Mum? Perhaps you can help add to my list, and help dignify one of the most beautiful and important professions for women!! We are not appendages to middle-aged men! (Despite what a certain politician said recently!)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Return to Righteousness, Australia

Well, it's an election year for Australians again, and I really want to urge my Christian readers to pray for our leaders at this time and for righteousness to reign in our land. We need the convicting rain of The Holy Spirit just as much as we need rain of the wet sort to soak our parched land.

We have 2 men vying for top job as Prime Minister, both claiming to be Christian. Unfortunately, I'm sure many of you have heard of Opposition leader Kevin Rudd's embarrassing episode in a New York strip club, while intoxicated, while on a tax payer funded trip to the States. Now normally I wouldn't mention something this unsavoury on my blog, but I've been so dissappointed by the Australian voice in response to this on many of our talkback news programs- so many Aussie's are simply laughing it off! Now, I'm not having a shot at Rudd personally here. It would have been very embarrassing for him & his family, & if he has sincerely repented of this before the Lord, then he'll be forgiven. But from a professional point of view, this should never have happened. If it had happened to some one with a lesser political position , I wonder if he would have been sacked from the job, if not severely rebuked.

Australia needs a leader willing to stand up for righteousness- willing to uphold personally & professionally the Christian Heritage & values on which this nation was founded.

By the way, every Australian needs to read the book pictured at the top of this page! It will challenge much of what you may have learned in history at school, especially if you are under 45 years old! I would like to see "Discovering Australia's Christian Heritage" by Col Stringer in every school library across this land!

Returning to the Kevin Rudd incident, I was most impressed by Prime Minister John Howard's quiet refusal to comment on it, as he was asked during a typical busy day running our country.

I will finish with 2 scriptures to contemplate:

PROVERBS 31:3 " Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings."

1 THESSALONIANS 5:22 " Abstain from all appearance of evil."

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Friday, August 17, 2007

You Know Your 5 Year Old is Bright When...

You know your 5 year old is bright, when you review her sight-words, take her to the extension page labelled "Colours", and she starts answering correctly in FRENCH!

Our little Talitha is enjoying learning to read, and is also enjoying her French classes. She proudly brought home another French prize she earned yesterday- a red pencil sharpener with the Eiffel Tower on it.

I'm so glad she has such a love of learning. I pray this continues throughout her life.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Take My Life and Let it Be...

Take my life, and let it be consecrated Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee,

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing, always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee,

Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withold.

Take my intellect, and use ev'ry pow'r as Thou should choose,

Ev'ry pow'r as Thou shall choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne,

It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure-store.

Take my self, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee,

Ever, only, all for Thee.

This beautiful hymn of consecration was written by Frances Ridley Havergal. (1836-1878)


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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Visit the "Maiden's of Worth"

I would really like to recommend this website http://maidensofworth.org/ for youth, or for parents of teens. Anna & Miriam are still in their teens & busy studying, but have taken the time with the blessing of their families to set up this website to encourage others in their age group, especially young ladies, to pursue useful godly lives.

Miriam is a talented musician & Anna has a passion for praise ballet & they both use their giftings to the glory of God. Some of the links on their sidebar are worth checking out too.

If you scroll down a little you'll see a recent article on the girls' purity rings, and they each give their testimonies of why they wear them. I often show our little girls some of the pictures on this blog of some of the activities the girls have done. It's important in this day & age to find godly role models for our children to look up to. If you have older children, then a bit of "positive peer pressure" won't go astray.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Wife's Ten Commandments

1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and you shall love your husband as yourself.

2. You shall not make your husband into an idol, but you shall love, honour, respect and submit to him as unto the Lord.

3. You shall not take your husband's name in vain, through gossip, slander, criticism, complaint or mockery; but you shall bless him both privately & publicly.

4. You shall work heartily as unto the Lord and as directed by Him and your husband, not by your own ideas of what should be done. You shall not be so busy working however, that you neglect to get alone with God everyday. During this quiet time, you shall pray diligently for your husband. You shall also be willing to put aside work and to "play" when your husband asks you.
5. You shall honour your mother and father, but you shall not elevate their position or opinions above your husband's.
6. You shall not resent, revile, or hate your husband, but you shall grant him grace, forgiveness and mercy.
7. You shall not commit adultery, nor shall you think lustfully toward another man; but you shall thank God for your husband and be pleased with him.

8. You shall not steal from your husband. You shall not steal his marriage by threats of divorce. You shall not steal his wife by leaving him alone all the time. You shall not steal his spiritual leadership by taking control. You shall not steal his time by making unnecessary demands on him. You shall not steal his joy by complaining or moping. You shall not steal his peace by endless nagging. You shall not steal glances from other men by wearing provacative clothes and causing them to stumble. This defrauds your husband of an honourable wife, the other man of pure thoughts, and the man's wife of her husband's faithfulness.
9. You shall not lie to your husband, but you shall speak the truth in love. You shall also practice a quiet and gentle spirit.
10. You shall not covet another woman's husband, her children, her friends, her house, her decorating style, her garden, her looks, her wardrobe, her possessions, her talents and gifts, her ministry, or any other thing that is hers; but you shall be content with all God has given you.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I recommend... The John Bunyan Story

With the Children & I being a direct descendants of John Bunyan, it's important for us to pass on the knowledge of this to our children. We are very much interested in passing our heritage down to our children. So when we saw this at our local Christian Bookshop a couple of weeks ago- we grabbed it- & it's fantastic!

Our children both love it , especially 3 year old Zara, who keeps asking to watch it & who now shows visitors John Bunyan's picture on one of his biographies we have. The DVD is not just for the littlies. As well as the half-hour cartoon, it has a very lengthy interesting documentary for grown-ups as well. In a day when so much of the kid's stuff in the Christian Bookshops is a bit silly & fluffy, this is a standout. The other Torchlighter DVD's sound pretty good too.

We've been collecting some John Bunyan books to share with the girls when they are older & so far have Pilgrims Progress, The Holy War, a beautiful picture book my auntie gave me with a summary of the Pilgrim's Progress in it from the John Bunyan Museum in Bedford, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners & 2 biographies.

Every Christian today needs to read Pilgrims Progress & other historic Christian works. They will strengthen your faith in a way that a lot of modern stuff won't.

I'm just waiting for my little ones to start playing Pilgrims Progress, just like Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy in the "Little Women" series. ( Yes, I'm a Louisa May Alcott fan too!). They love to play out the stories we read.

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