Saturday Baking Day

1 Corinthians 5:6 and 7 Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 

Do you allow your children to have sleepovers? We have for quite some time, but there are days that I think that may have been a bad idea. I remember one particular sleepover several years ago.  Barbie had come home and I was drowsily napping on the couch.   At around 8:30 pm I received a phone call from my daughter’s friend’s mother, who was a very good friend of mine. She didn’t call just to gab, and I could tell this because her opening remark was, “Are you sitting down?” I sleepily answered yes, not aware that my safe little cocoon of peace was about to be blown to bits. She, not so calmly, related that our beautiful daughters (her’s was 9 and Barbie was 10) had been playing a game the night before, and not one we would have approved of. They had been playing and somehow sex came into the equation. We weren’t sure of the exact issue, but knew (through some papers they had conveniently written on) that things had progressed in their game somewhat further then either one of us was comfortable with. We both agreed that something had to be done, but that as both girls were sleeping, we would tackle it in the morning and then confer later.
The next morning I talked to my daughter and after some cajoling, she told me that they had been pretending to have sex (not with each other) and that it had been intermixed with several other games. I then called my friend and relayed what I had been told. This talking to our respective daughters and then to each other by phone went on for a good part of the day. By noon or so, we were both confident that nothing too serious had gone on, mostly just some play that is a natural part of development. We were concerned, however; with where they had gotten the idea from. I was fairly confident that it had come from the other girl, because my daughter is rarely unsupervised by a trusted adult, and the other girl goes to public school. Imagine my surprise when the fact was revealed that MY daughter had been the one starting the play. It was HER idea. I was shocked, and horrified, and not just a little angry.
I immediately went to my daughter and asked where she got the idea from. Imagine how shocked I was when she told me it was from one of MY books. I’m an avid and prolific reader, and will read anything put in front of me. She inherited that (a good thing) and had picked up a couple of romance books that I had received from someone. I didn’t even realize she had them, let alone that she had read them.
Here I was, feeling ever so superior, and it had been ME all along. I had brought the bad influence into my home, and it had corrupted my daughter and her friend. Like yeast added to a batch of dough, it had worked its way throughout my home and expanded on to another home.

Obviously, this was quite some time ago, but it seems the lesson has still not been learned – by ME!  I just recently again went through all of the music in the house and got rid of anything that I wouldn’t want Jesus hearing.  I got rid of any videos that I wouldn’t want the kids watching.  I’m waiting for Papi to go through any video games with me.  And then i will, yet again, go through the books. 😦

It’s pervasive, and sneaky,  It creeps in when you’re not looking – at least it seems that way. So

stop

Make it a point today to really look around your home. Look at what you and your children watch on tv, play on the computer, listen to on the radio, and yes, even read. Are you bringing yeast into the dough of your home? Is it time to get rid of some old things or habits that you are holding on to? It is not just you that the yeast is corrupting, it is spreading to someone you love.  Stop the yeast from spreading.  Get it all out.

Friday Shopping Day

Matthew 25: 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

In November of 2008, the Big 3 Automakers, GM, Chrysler, and Ford went to Congress to ask for an additional bail out of $25 billion.  They had already received $25 billion to retool a plant in Detroit.  These men traveled hat in hand and asked the government (and us through our taxes) to give them money to prevent their companies going bankrupt.  Democratic Representative Gary Ackerman asked them to please raise their hands if they had flown commercial flights from Detroit to Washington.  Not a one of them did.  In fact, they didn’t even carpool – or would that be planepool?  They each spent around $20,000 to fly in their companies private planes to get from Detroit to WashingtonD.C.  Rep. Ackerman compared it to showing up at the “soup kitchen in a high hat and tuxedo.”  It would have cost somewhere in the vicinity of $800 for them to fly a commercial flight, non stop, first class.

Sounds unbelievably ridiculous, doesn’t it?  But let’s think about this on a slightly smaller scale.  Have you ever wished to yourself that God would let you win the lottery?  Or have made you just born wealthy?  Think of all the good you could do!  One of my friends and I were having that discussion awhile back.  Neither one of us is rich, but oh, if we were!  I know why I am not though.  I am HORRIBLE with money!  I always mean to do good things, but my lust for clothes and shoes always seems to get in the way.  My husband and I struggle with credit card debt, as does most of the country.  Lately however; we have been making a budget for each month and sticking to it!  And our debt is slowly but surely going down.  We budget for everything, starting with tithe, and then going from fuel for the cars to babysitting money, to the kids’ allowances.  Everything goes in to the budget, and if we can’t afford it, it doesn’t get done.  We have started to control our money, instead of it controlling us!

I’m convinced that God is looking down at us and thinking to himself, “I think they’ve finally got it!”

So here is your challenge today:  BEFORE you go get groceries, write a clear concise list of everything you need to buy.  Plan out all of your meals, don’t forget the snacks!  Check all of your staples; do you have enough flour to make bread tomorrow?  What about toilet Paper to get you through the week?  For those of you with babies, how are your diapers and formula supplies?  I also highly recommend using coupons if it’s possible. I know several people who clip coupons and they save a ton! Now onto your assignments!

Daily Cleaning Assignments:

  1. Make the beds
  2. Clean the dishes, and wipe down the counters.
  3. Stop by the bank before you get groceries and take out whatever cash you and your husband have budgeted for groceries for the week.  Haven’t done that yet?  That’s ok.  Take out what you think you might need, and make a plan to talk about starting a budget with your husband tonight.
  4. Go get those groceries!  Use ONLY the cash you have, no pulling out a credit or debit card to save you if you go over.  If you DO go over, just tell the cashier to put something back.  You know what the difference between what you need and what you want, and the cashier won’t freak out on you, I promise.

He will be watching – don’t you want him to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Thursday Cleaning Day

Psalm 51:10 -12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Living in South Florida has its own very unique challenges. Palmetto bugs, stick bugs, wolf spiders, and (eew) black widow spiders are some of them. One of the hardest challenges for me is something much less blatant than a bug, but much more insidious….mold. It is so hot and damp here most of the year that mold finds a quick and easy home. Bathrooms seem to be a favorite place, no matter how often I clean them. Bread is a favorite place too, but the very worst place to get mold is in a piece of cloth. Whether it be dishrags or t-shirts, towels or socks, mold creeps in. And once it gets a foothold, watch out! Bleach may kill it, but it will fuse with the very fibers of the cloth and no amount of scrubbing will take the stain away.

A song recently got stuck in my head, but as usual, it was only one line…”Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” In fact, as I write this, that one line is going over and over in my head. God triggered in me a thought about the anger, bitterness, and hurt that we keep in our hearts. We let it consume us until we don’t even realize it is there. It’s woven itself into the very fiber of our being. It begins to color the way we see things, not only what caused the original hurt, but everything.

To give you an example: In the first years of my marriage, Papi would say or do something that subconsciously reminded me of someone who hurt me as a child. I would lash out at him for it and he would react, not even really sure why I was angry. I wasn’t really angry at HIM, I was angry at that person who had hurt me. this bitterness, if you will, this mold, infected my marriage and almost destroyed it. I was only able to see what I was doing when I took a class thru my church about how your past can affect you. It was painfully revealing of how I was punishing my husband for someone elses’ misdeeds, and how I was letting that person control me and my marriage. We survived only because of the grace of God.

God says in John 15:3 that “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” So have you let our amazing Creator clean the mold out of your heart, or are you holding onto some bitterness, hurt, or anger? I beg you to let Him cleanse you and leave you with the peace only He can give. Don’t let that person that hurt you control you life any longer. It’s not easy, but with God all things are possible. As another song says, “God is in control…” Oh boy, now THAT song is stuck in my head!

Daily Cleaning Assignments
Warning: It’s Cleaning Day, there is going to be a lot, but You CAN do it!

  1.  Strip the beds, spray them with Lysol or vacuum the mattresses, then remake the bed with clean sheets.
  2.  Clean the dishes, wipe down the counters, scrub the sinks, and the dish drainer if you have one.
  3.  Clean ceiling fans.
  4.  Lysol any curtains that you have.
  5.  Dust the furniture, dust the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  6.  Clean the windows.
  7.  Clean out your refrigerator. Throw anything away that is expired or just plain gross. Wipe down the inside. Make note of anything that you will need to purchase on Shopping Day.
  8.  Clean the stove – inside and out. You may want to spray it before you start with everything else, and come back to it midway to clean. Make sure you wipe down the hood above the stove.
  9.  Vacuum couches and chairs and lamp shades.
  10.  Vacuum any carpet you may have.
  11.  Sweep and mop all tile or tile-like floors.

Now, don’t you feel completely worn out, but in an awesome way?  You did your work out for today.  if it’s possible, go put your feet up and relax!!!!

Coming late to the home organization party?  Check out my other posts in Searchlight Devotions.   http://holykneeshomeschoolacademy.com/category/searchlight-devotions/

Wednesday Mending Day

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34:18 – 20

When I was younger, my brother and I were always in and out of the emergency room.  Seriously, we made so many emergency room visits that in one town, some concerned neighbors called Child Protective Services on my parents.  Now my parents were not physically abusing us, but my brother and I were experts on finding new and unusual ways to hurt ourselves (not on purpose, just not a lot of common sense).

 Here’s an example:  When I was 13 years old, my family moved from Orlando to Miami.  A couple of days after the move, I was unpacking my bedroom.  With all of the moves that we had made over the years, I still had a small yellow chair from an old playset.  When I say small, I mean made for a 3 year old to sit in.  I was organizing my room, and had a box of things that didn’t have any place yet.  I just didn’t want to figure it out at the time, so I decided to put those things up on a shelf in my closet.  I was still pretty short (who am I kidding?  I’m STILL short!), so I decided to use the chair as a step stool.  Remember me saying it was small?  Yeah.  I stood on the chair, began to place the box on the shelf in my closet when a palmetto bug flew out at me.  For those of you that don’t live in the south, a palmetto bug is a giant roach with wings.  Anyway, I shrieked and leaned backwards, pinwheeling my arms as I lost my balance and fell to the floor.  This caused a broken arm.   My mother drove me to the emergency room where my father (a Highway Patrolman) and his new boss met us.  The new boss couldn’t believe that we had lived in the city of Miami for less than a week, and were already visiting a local hospital.  My mother and father just smiled and shrugged their shoulders. 

That was pretty typical of my brother and I until we were 16 or so.  Amazing, isn’t it?  Aren’t we lucky?  It’s completely amazing that my parents didn’t get so frustrated that they just gave up!  But they would have never have thrown us away.  They loved us, stitches and all.

Guess what?  God doesn’t throw us away when we get broken either.   He doesn’t fuss and yell. He comes even closer and holds us up.   He wraps his arms around us and whispers “Shhhh, I’m here now child.  Let me help you up.”   He hears our cries.  He loves us despite our brokenness, and because of it.  He saves us from our selves.  He is the ultimate Child Protective Service, and we are His children.  He wants to protect us from those who would hurt us.

Psalm 147:3 says that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  Let Him heal your broken heart. The pain from your past.  The pain from right now.  Anything you have been holding that you just need to let out.  Rip the bandage off, let the fresh air of God make you whole again.

 

Daily  Household Assignments (for those of you attempting to gain control):

  1. Make your bed.
  2. Get all dishes into the dishwasher and start the load.  Wipe down the counters and the inside of the sink.
  3. Today is mending day.  Remember that stack of Mending that you put to the side on Monday?  Go get it girl!  Some of you reading this have a sewing machine and all of the supplies sitting somewhere collecting dust.  Drag that thing out and get to work.  Some of you have needles and thread, but don’t want to sew by hand.  No procrastination.  Just bite the bullet and do it!  Others of you are wondering to yourselves, what is mending????  If you don’t have any needles and thread in the house, don’t panic, it’s ok.  You do not have to go to a specialty shop, the local market will have basic needles and a couple of colors of thread to get you started.  Do NOT make a special trip to the store today.  There is no reason to waste gas, and you’re going in a couple of days anyway.  Instead, start your grocery list.  Put “needles” and “thread” on the top of the list.  Now find a neat and organized place to put your mending pile until next week.
  4. Continue working on your reorganization of your children’s clothing.  If it is anything like my kids rooms, it will take you a week or so just to go through their clothing.  Then we’ll start on their toys and books!!

Tuesday Ironing Day

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5

Papi truly believes that I am one of the weirdest people on the face of the earth.  Why would he think that?  Well, I hate to iron! No, seriously, I HATE to iron.  I would rather clean the toilets by hand with no gloves then iron.  I think part of the reason I hate it so much is that I am really very exponentially bad at it.  I don’t iron wrinkles out, I iron them in!  The only time I’m halfway successful at ironing is when it’s a whole piece of cloth, not cut out, ready to sew.  Papi thinks this is absolutely hilarious and will usually patiently ask what I’m wearing Sunday morning so that he can iron it for me. The truth of the matter is, no matter how much I hate to iron, and hate to admit this, clothes just look better when all of the wrinkles have been ironed out.

And isn’t that just what God does for us????

He looks at our souls, and if we ask, washes them clean.  But that is only the very first part of His relationship with us.  In His infinite wisdom, He allows us to go through trials and tribulations.  Successfully trans versing these “sloughs of despond” depend on us leaning on Him.  And slowly, ever so slowly, He uses His iron to smooth all the wrinkles. My greatest wrinkle (at the moment) is my temper.  But I know, because He’s shown me before, that the more time I spend reading His Word and talking to Him, the easier it is during the day to control my temper.  If you will, He spends time smoothing out the wrinkle of my temper.

Your wrinkle may be something quite large, like addiction, or something relatively small, like time management (or lack thereof).  Either way, some days you may think that the wrinkle is just too big, or you can’t possibly iron it out.  And YOU can’t.

Isaiah 40:27 – 29 Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

God is bigger than any wrinkle in your life.  He will help you to iron it out.  Don’t give up!!!!

Ride the storm

So, what is your biggest wrinkle?  Or maybe you don’t have any BIG wrinkles, just lots and lots of little ones all over your life.  Can you let Him help you smooth them out?  Trust me, He irons so much better than any of US!!!

Daily Household Assignments:

1. Make your bed .

2. Wash dishes as they get dirty, teach your kids to rinse their plates right away (if they can reach the sink)

3. Today is Tuesday Iron Day, so whip out that ironing board ladies!!!  Get to work on that huge stack of ironing from Monday. Take your time.  If you rush, you will iron in wrinkles, not iron them out. (Hmmmmmm, I wonder what God is trying to tell us with that?) Ironing is very soothing once you get into the routine of it, so while you are ironing, think very hard about the major wrinkles in your life.  Give them up to the Master Ironer.  Let Him take care of your spiritual ironing for you.

4.  How much progress have you made on winnowing out your clothing?  All sorted out?  No?  That’s ok.  Keep plodding along.  Even an hour a day every day this week and you will make loads (ahem) of progress.

Monday Wash Day

A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Matthew 8:2

Papi sweats.  I know, I know, all men sweat, but Papi really sweats.  His clothes when he comes back from officiating a game, or coaching, or a pick up game of baseball, are literally dripping and wet with sweat.  In any other household, this wouldn’t be too much of a problem.  After all, clothes get washed, right????  Well, here’s the problem.  I do anywhere from 20 to 24 loads of laundry per week…so it doesn’t always happen that clothes get washed immediately.  I try, but it is a LOT of laundry! And we live in Florida.  Home of vicious, biting, fire ants.  For some reason, they are extremely attracted to sweat.  So here I am, Ms. Goodwife, grabbing a bunch of clothes out of the hamper to take to the laundry room and getting bit on my hands and arms by fire ants.  Not a pleasant sensation, I assure you.  So I create a new “household directive”.  Any sweaty clothes Papi has must go DIRECTLY to the laundry room, do not pass go, do not collect $200.  And he does it, because he is a sweet and kind and considerate hubby.  The ants go away for a couple of days and I’m a happy wife.  Then I go for a run (ugh, I hate running).  And put my sweaty clothes in the hamper in our bathroom.  Yep, you guessed it, flooded in fire ants within hours.  Ah Hah!  It’s not just HIS sweat, it’s ANY sweat that’s the issue.

Now this got me thinking.  Follow me here, because I know that the connections my mind makes are not always easily followed by others.  God is the ultimate laundry machine. (Oh, you can’t get to heaven – come on you Southern Baptists – sing it with me!) He takes all of our sweaty, dirty, fire ant filled souls, and cleanses them.  He scrubs our very hearts until they smell as sweet as a freshly washed blanket. The cool thing about God, though, is He doesn’t have to wash us again and again.  Once He washes us, we have a stain protector on that nothing Satan throws at us can get through.  See, Jesus says in John 15:3, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” We are clean!  Just hearing and accepting His gift and we are Clean!!!!!

If you have not already received that gift, I beg of you, please, receive it today.  Let Jesus wash all of the dirty laundry in your heart. He is waiting, ready and willing to cleanse you.  He will take the Fire Ants (fear, rejection, anger, gossip, and anything else that stings) away!!!!

If you have already accepted that gift, rejoice!  You have stain protector!  You have assurance that the gift can NOT be rescinded! 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you MAY KNOW that you have eternal life.”  Someone give me an AMEN!!!!

Laundry day

Now, if you are a mom who is struggling to get organized, here are some tips for your Monday chores:

1.  Make your bed before you get going in the morning.  In fact, unless you have babies or a hubby still in there, make it as soon as you rise.  If you have children in their own beds, have them make their beds before they leave their rooms in the morning.  Kids as young as 2 years old can do it with some encouragement.  No, it won’t look like you did it….and no, it won’t be a routine right away.  But if you emphasize making the beds as you rise for a couple of weeks a wonderful habit will be formed!

2.  Get all the dishes into the dishwasher as you dirty them.  Start the load as soon as it is full and keep the counters and the inside of the sink wiped out.

3.  It’s Monday, Wash Day, so get all the laundry from every room of the house and start washing.  As the clothes come out of the dryer, set aside any clothes that need to be ironed or that need to be mended, you will get to those later in the week.  Your children, if older than 2, should be able to put their own clothes away (except for hang ups), so LET THEM!!!

4.  I had a revelation a couple of years ago.  I was at one of my girls’ soccer games, and as humans will, entered a conversation half way. Somehow the discussion came around to laundry.  Someone made the comment, “You must do a lot of laundry.”  (This is where I entered the conversation.) Another lady commented that she did 3 loads a day.  i stated that I also do 2 to 3 loads a day (did I mention this was a while ago?) The woman who had asked the question looked at me and asked, “How many kids do you have?” This should have been my first clue that I was going to be handed something and it wasn’t the PuPu platter. I answered, “3”.  (Yes, this was a really long time ago) She looked at me and said very bluntly, “She has 9.” Um, reality check anyone?  I did the same amount of laundry as a lady with 9 children!!!!  So I made a decision, I went through all of the girls clothing and took them down to less than 20 outfits.  I donated all of the rest of the clothes to a local charity.  My laundry was down to 10 loads per week and I got a great tax write off (they had a LOT of clothes). So today, if your laundry piles are WAY TOO big to get done in one day, start purging clothes.  Have one pile of “give aways” beside your ironing and mending piles.  You’ll love the improvement, I guarantee it.

 

Orange Cleaner

About 3 weeks ago I ran across a post on pinterest by Lexie: Naturals .  I thought it was really cool to make my own Natural Multi Purpose Orange Cleaner, so I just HAD to try it!!!

I made it, and I definitely like it, though it doesn’t smell as “orangey” as I thought it was going to smell.  Want to try it???  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Ball mason jar (I always have a ton of them around)
  • Orange peels (easy for us, Smarty Pants eats at least one per day)
  • some salt (i used just iodized table salt)
  • White Vinegar
  • 10 drops of Bergamot Essential oil (this is optional)

I used the orange peels from Smarty Pants and put them into the mason jar.  It was already in little pieces because he struggles to peel the oranges.  I saved about 3 oranges worth of peels, so this took a couple of days.

Then I added some salt to the orange peels.  I didn’t measure it, just sprinkled it liberally and let it sit for a couple of hours.  According to Lexie, this is supposed to pull the oils from the peels.

orangecleaner1

Fill the mason jar with vinegar. Then I put the lid on it and left it for 2 weeks.  Every once in a while I would give it a good shake.

I took another mason jar and placed some cheese cloth over it, then poured the orange solution into it.  This kept the orange peels and seeds out.  I took the orange vinegar, added some drops of Bergamot, and poured it into my handy dandy squirt bottle.

all purpose spray

The kids like it, and it works so far.  Yes, you do have to use a little more elbow grease…but it’s worth it to not have an asthma attack while cleaning the kitchen.

I took all of those leftover peels and started another bottle.  Smarty Pants added some new peels too.  I am going to try this strength on the floors.

 

orangecleaner

Want to check out Lexie’s original post?  check it out here…  http://blog.lexienaturals.com/2011/10/natural-cleaning.html

Curriculum Overload

I promised that I would tell you how I’m going to get all of this done next year, so here you go!

I am a Charlotte Mason, one room school house kind of gal. That means that most classes are less than 30 minutes, and most classes are all together. Barbie, the only high school student, is the sole exception.

She will start her school day at 7:30 am with SAT Prep.

After breakfast, Read Aloud, Kitchen chores, and the Family Morning Devotion, We will all do Wisdom Booklets for Bible together. That will take about 1/2 hour.  Barbie will then move to Penmanship, while the rest of us go to Reading.  Reading is 1/2 hour.

We then will do Writing, Grammar, Spelling, and Handwriting for 15 minutes a piece.  Barbie will be doing American Literature (she decided which one earlier this week) for the entire hour.

Then everyone except Barbie will be doing Math for 1/2 hour.  Barbie and I will be making lunch and grading math pages as they get completed.

Then it’s lunch time!  After we clean up from lunch we move to Geography for 1/2 hour.  We will work intensely on Geography the first semester, the second semester will be History.  At this time, Barbie will be doing her American History.

On to Music for the first semester, and then Art in the second semester. Barbie has her own Music, but will join us for Art in the second semester. This is 1/2 hour class.

Science is next for 1/2 hour.  The boys will be doing Science with me out of the Wisdom Booklets, while the girls all do their own sciences.

In the first semester, the littler children will be taking a break, while Barbie works on Spanish.  In the second semester, we will be alternating days with some days being PE and the others being Health.  Barbie will be joining us for them both!

Yes, it’s a busy school schedule, but we get  a lot done in a little bit of time, and we have fun doing it!  A lot of the things we do are hands on or moving around time things. 🙂

 

 

It’s Just Football…

It’s Spring Ball season, and Papi is spending most Saturdays officiating Spring Football.  We miss him so much, but appreciate the WAM money it brings in!  One of Barbies’ good friends plays spring football, and Papi happened to be officiating at the same park – so we decided to go watch the game.

I’ve been to this park before.  In fact, it’s where we spend most of August to November while the boys play ball and the girls cheer.  Unfortunately, I know firsthand that some of the parents can be…..well…..intense is a good word.  I’ve actually seen a mother tell her 5 year old little boy that he needs to put in more effort or he’ll never get a college scholarship.  I’m all for competition – but that’s a little much.

I digress….I brought lots and lots of things to do so that I could avoid any contact with some of the more intense parents.  I really went to just get a little sunshine and to let the kids see some of their friends.  Imagine my joy when I heard parents from opposing teams, perfect strangers, speaking politely and friendly with each other!  I was so surprised and pleased!  It is possible for parents NOT to be mean and rude to each other. Of course, that was completely ruined when they joined together to begin trashing the coaches and the officials, but at least they weren’t fighting!

If only more parents in the stands realized, though yes football (sports in general) is important, it really isn’t worth verbally trashing the other team (they are just children), the officials (they are only human, and have off days too), or the coaches.  It’s league ball people – not worth going to jail over.  Yes, I have seen people almost arrested.

Eyes playing football

Eyes playing football

Division in the Body

As I become more active on the internet, in the blogosphere, and in groups on facebook, I see so many people letting little things divide them.  It saddens me so much that I often don’t know how to react.  Now, I have been guilty of the same thing, but if I notice that I am doing it, I try as hard as I can to make amends and agree to disagree. Little things are dividing us as Christians, especially the more Conservative Christians.  Things that may or may not be biblical, but are never an issue of salvation.

Headcoverings: Wear them or no?  Is the hair the cover or do we need to wear something on our heads (as women)?  How big does the covering have to be?  Should it cover all of the hair or is a tiny medallion on the top of the head big enough?

Modesty:  What exactly is modesty?  Is it nothing showing from the shoulder to the thigh?  Does that mean I have to wear long sleeves?  Is a burka better?  Can I wear pants or capris?  Or must I wear skirts?

Prosperity Doctrine Preachers:  This is one of my pet peeves.  No, I do not believe in the Prosperity doctrine, but even a broken clock is right twice a day!  Do we toss all of their sayings out?  Can we keep some of their advice?

Women preaching: Now I have my views on this (that I won’t share RIGHT now), but this should not be a divisive issue – at least I don’t think it should.

I’ve even seen horrific arguments on what translation of the Bible someone should be reading.  Which is the True one???

These are just a few that I’ve seen cause arguments in the past week on some of the groups I belong too.  These are all Christian men and women, though of different denominations, ages, and life experiences, we have all been bought and sold by the Blood of the Lamb.

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:10 – 13

We need to take a long hard look at what we are arguing about.  If we have a difference of biblical doctrine, or opinion based on the Word of God, that is ok.  As I tell my kids often, “Now babies, this may not be exactly what it says, this is the doctrine according to Mama.” It’s my interpretation, and I have a right to it.  As do we all. As long as we keep the main thing the main thing, it’s all good – as Barbie might say.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 KJV

 I know we are all to have the sword of the Spirit, but we’re not supposed to chop people in half with it!!! And one of the main things we need to keep in mind as we are “surfing the web” is that tone can not be heard.  Before you post a comment, especially if you are passionate about something, walk away, wait a minute, remember that your tone can not be heard, and then go back.  Read what you’ve written.  Try to do it from the OTHER side of the conversation.  Are you being rude, offensive, sarcastic?  Maybe you shouldn’t comment at all if you are.  Don’t hide behind the internet either.  Just because you don’t know the other person in “real time” doesn’t mean you can be mean and nasty to them.  Not if you call yourself a Christ follower.  Not if you are of Christ.

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