Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Open Your Eyes to the Past and Present

*Warning some emotional and heavy content is in the article.*

http://youtu.be/2uILZxY7wvohttp://youtu.be/2uILZxY7wvo

I read an article about this earlier, but I wanted to see in context exactly what she said.  Here is the article for reference.

(http://www.naturalnews.com/041398_post-birth_abortion_infanticide_Melissa_Harris-Perry.html

It is not the first time this woman has spouted off some seriously dangerous ramblings. (namely the notion children belong to the community) 

Gracious me, can people not see that such things absolutely smack of eugenics??  Can you really, and honestly look a human life in such a callous and cold way?  Some people clearly do.  All down through time one group of people have tried to annihilate another.  Look at history.  If anyone thinks that the sort of thing the Nazi's did to people was "for the better good", God help you.  It is pure and utter evil, as is abortion at any stage!! 

This woman did not call it Eugenics.  I put the video up so you can form your own conclusion about her words.  However, it is my opinion that this what is being preached here and by many others today.  If life doesn't begin until the parents "have a feeling it begins" then murdering your children at any point is acceptable. 

It is implied when a child isn't 'normal' it is "different for that parent", thus not life.  It just plain eugenics.  It's killing to purify the races.
She also is among the holocaust deniers according to the article linked to above.  A person can deny evil exists all they wish to.  It doesn't make it go away.  You can even rename it.  It is still evil.  

If you don't denounce evil, and do everything in your power to be unlike it, you might become thus in your ignorance.  Study history, and study the ways of a Holy God.   Then chose your path accordingly, and knowingly.  Don't run for the fires of hell like a lost lemming.

In the end God will triumph.  Make no mistake, we all will be answering for our lives, choices, and sins.  God help those who have taken innocent life.  God help those of us who stand by and watch it happen.  God help those who have not repented and fallen on their knees and accepted the blood of Christ for all of our sins. 

There is forgiveness available through repenting of the evil, and accepting the grace Christ has so graciously offered.  Praise God for that!  However, remember you can not repent of that which you don't even acknowledge.

I have to admit, this all has kicked up my anger.   I am tired of seeing statements like in the above video just ignored by the population.  This person is employed and televised on a major media outlet!!! The 1940's were not really so long ago.  Yet we sit by and openly condone such statements!!

History is mocked and ignored.   Folks find it boring and useless.  Well you know what, I did too.  That is why I am starting to take it personally.  I find it fascinating now.  I do not know everything by any means.  I am trying to learn what I can, as I can.  I had an issue with not wanting to study or read anything "too heavy".  If I blindly close my eyes, and stick my fingers in my ears all because I don't want to hear about things that might run my good mood....shame on me!  I have been so guilty of that!!  I still fight that notion even after I realized my foolishness.  This not a warm and fuzzy world I would like it to be.  Trying to stay in one's happy place is just an ostrich sticking it's head in the sand.  It is not fruitful.

The older I get, the more I see if we ignore it, we become ignorant.  We become complacent.  We are that much more willing to stand idly by while genocide goes on in front of our faces.  We are silent in the face of it.  WAKE UP!!!!!  If you don't know much, make it your personal mission to start learning.  The internet is a vast array of reading at your fingertips.  (Do indeed realize that sometimes history is slanted toward the viewpoint of the writer.  Thus, read a lot of sources, and study often.) 

If we do not, we will forget or deny major events like the holocaust which killed nearly 6 million people.  It was genocide.  We will forget the experiment in Eugenics that was occurring on mass.  We will forget the many little children who were separated from their parents,  stripped naked, and gassed to death.  Children who were experimented on in ways that make me want to vomit.  Josef Mengele who was an SS officer and "physician" was infamous for performing experiments on children.  He done evil things such as injecting children's eyes with chemicals, attempting to change their eye color.  Sewing the backs of children together, which caused horrendous pain and infection.  Many, many more things that my mind can not even process.  I don't want to process it really.  All of this in the name of race purification.

If we are ignorant, we will not see the warning signs when they are screaming right in front of our faces.  Don't be sheep led by an unholy media that is skilled in twisting truth and lies so they are no longer visible.

If you truly open your eyes, this is not unlike what some elitists of our modern era tout.  Many of whom are well known to support eugenics and population control.  They use a different more politically correct language.  Abortion is nice sanitized name we give murdering a child by ripping the new life out of the sanctuary of it's Mama's womb.  This very literally tears off it's arms and legs.  Of course if the child is older, we stab them in head with scissors as "the fetus" is being born, then neatly suction their brains out before they come out to take their first breath.  (Partial birth abortion)  Such a nice name for such a horrific murder. 

Yet now, "if life doesn't begin until the parents have the feeling it begins" where is the line now?  I have heard some say less than 3 years old, or less than 5 years old.  So my little daughter Elisabeth, who is now 2 would be still young enough in their eyes for me to take her life.  She is so innocent.  Her biggest problem a few minutes ago was that she dropped her peanut butter sandwich and had it stuck on her foot.  She so trustingly came over to have me remove it.  Big blue eyes, pleading for a little help.  She is truly precious.  However, she gets ornery sometimes and is quite loud.  She wakes me up a lot at night. Should I then take her life for the sake of my convenience?  How arrogant and evil!  I am sure I annoyed my Mama too occasionally. Thankfully she was patient and loving to me. 

How about you as a child?  Perhaps your hair wasn't the right color.  Your eyes just aren't right.  You don't speak as well as you should.  Your iq is a tad low.  You just don't look as pretty as it was hoped you'd be.  Do you deserve death at the hand of the very person God designed to protect you and care for you?  God forbid!!!

I ask for your prayers.  I know this isn't my normal writing.  You might call it ranting.  It is something I had to say though.  I know most of my readers are as rabidly against abortion as I.  But how many of you see statements like in the above video as concerning? I don't suppose it is her statement that bothers me as much as the apathy of people who hear it.

As I mentioned, I am no picture of perfection.  I have made some seriously stupid and evil statements in my own life over the years.  God forgives me and teaches me His ways daily and I try to repent of my idiocy when my eyes are opened to it.  I am so thankful for Him and the light He brings in my life.

I ask you pray for anyone that thinks selective murder is okay.  God be with us all, and may He teach us His ways.




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Friday, October 18, 2013

Woman at the Well

Sometimes we as believers are rebuke happy.  We go forth rebuking anyone and everything.  We mean well, but we sound so harsh.  We are one big bundle of negativity.  Many people think of someone who is religious as being one of those dogmatic or 'legalistic' people.  Folks are driven to hate the word "religious" because of it.

Then there are those of us who are "love" happy.  We are all flowers, kittens, and fluffy clouds in personality.  We might cross the line into a false prosperity gospel.  We might preach/teach everything is all wonderful and perfect for God's people all the time.  We don't speak out against sin nor dare step on toes.  For the record, people think of that as being fake and dislike it about as much as the previous example.

How should we really be?  Balance is needed.  We are to obey God's ways and His Word.  There IS that place for pointing out sin. 

There is also the 'heart of the law'.  We can NOT forget that part!!! 

We need to indeed teach and encourage each other to follow God's Word.  It should be done humble and loving encouragement, not in prideful condemnation.  Sin is not to be ignored lest it lead us to ruin.  However, please remember the heart of the law.  "Let He who is without sin cast the first stone."  "There is none righteous, no one"

None of us are born of perfection.  Let us ENCOURAGE one another along a NARROW path.  Forgive freely and give grace to others as you were given so.

I am thinking on all of this because of a local news story.  A lady who was facing hard times took a couple dollars from a public fountain.  She was arrested and is actually facing potential jail time over it.  She has stated she was so nervous, scared, and very sorry for having done so.  She is in the process of losing her home and kitties.  She was hungry.

So many opinions on this subject.  Some are harshly rebuking the sin of theft.  Some justify the action and see absolutely no wrong in it. 

It is wrong to take something that doesn't belong to us.  How easy it is to give a person grace and forgiveness on this matter?!  Some things are hard to forgive in life, and we struggle against our flesh to do so.  Is this so difficult?  Really?

If Christ caught her at this well taking coins that were not hers, but left behind by others, how would He react?  Would He pick up stones and start casting?  Would He ignore it?  Given her repentance, I think He would say go and sin no more.

If we can't forgive a poor woman for taking a couple bucks from a public fountain because we are so focused on condemning her sin..... then we are just like the Pharisees who received the harshest rebukes from Christ!

I say we remember the Word and we try to obey it, but while doing so we never forget grace.  We never forget the evil and sin He saved us from.  Instead of casting stones, about we offer a helping hand up?

What do you say?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Winterizing my Patio Doors with Vinyl Tablecloth




 I had a weird idea I decided to try this year.  The patio doors in our apartment might as well not have doors at all.  They don't block a lot of air.  In the winter, wow, so cold!!!  The apartment has vertical blinds hung, which I really dislike.  They do nothing to help the cold issue.

So each year we have to hang something additional overtop of the blinds.  We also need to be able to move in and out of them.  Thus totally plastic-ing the door off isn't practical either.

Previously, we hung an old quilt up on a rod using those little rings with clips on them.  It worked, and looked "country cute" which both my husband and I were fine with.  However, the one major beef I had with it, is it let in no light.  Being that me and the children are home all day most days, I need to have some light as much as possible. 

I also thought perhaps something a little more neutral would be better.  Heavy plastic usually blocks the most, but again, it wouldn't work.  I thought about clipping plastic up with the rings, so it could slide back and forth like a curtain but that'd be so ugly.

Then I had a bright idea to use that "lace" vinyl tablecloth by the yard that is sold at places like JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby.  If you use a coupon, it isn't bad at all.  I paid $3 per yard and needed 5 yards to do it.  I did also take an used flannel sheet to "back it" with as additional insulation.  So it has a layered effect.  The vinyl will block cold, and the flannel insulates a bit.  But both are cream colored and allows some light through.  They are neutral, and at a glance, they just look like normal lace curtains.  I am surprised at how much it looks like curtains actually.

They make some insulated thermal stuff I considered strongly.  It has the reflective mylar inside of it that would be awesome for winterizing the door.  But it is about $40 a yard, even after a coupon it would still cost probably a $100 to get enough yardage and would block all light.  It would also need an additional fabric overtop of it to make it look nice.    Most store bought premade thermals are simply not long enough.

My option may not be as "efficient", but I think it is going to work for us.  It won't block all of the cold air perfectly, but it allows us to use the door and should still greatly lower our electric bill.

I did end up using the sewing machine and zig zaging the vinyl and the flannel together at the top, folded over, but it wasn't totally necessary.  It just helped the layers lay better and it to look more the real curtains at the top. (wowsers was that a pain to sew too).  You don't absolutely have to do that to make it look decent and work though.  Thus this can totally be a no sew project.

Just passing on my odd idea for keeping out the cold.  I am sure it could be adapted to changed to suit many needs.

Homeschool Bones


So I was at JoAnn's the other day buying fabric for my sewing headcovering orders for my sister site www.covered4him.com.  While waiting in line (which was admittedly trying my patience that day) Daniel kept seeing all of the Halloween stuff.  In our home, we make the choice not to celebrate that holiday.  Daniel kept chatting about it rather loudly, which was drawing dirty looks from other people.  Thus, I was really wishing the line would move faster.  Yes, I know, we are horrible mean parents who are cruel to our children for not celebrating that holiday.....anyway....

This post isn't to talk about Halloween...I had an idea I wanted to share.    While standing there for so long, it game me the opportunity too see all of the impulse buys they have line up to entice folks.  LOL

I seen these little wooden skeletons that are meant to be colored with markers for a $1.  I thought, hey, it is a good visual aid for our homeschool.  We bought it, and then looked up in a book all of the bone names and marked on the back of it.  Daniel thinks it is very neat. 

So, sometimes the Halloween items can have another purpose that might be useful.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weight loss journey video update

“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things” (Phil. 3:19).
1 Corinthians 10:14  Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Luke 16:13  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”   (or food, or whatever idol we create)


A vital post!




I have a very important post to share, and it isn't my own. 

Please head over to my dear friends at Shepherds Hill and read the weekly message written by brother Paul.  It might change your life. 

 

http://shepherdshillhomestead.com/2013/09/08/only-one/


I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man comes unto the Father, except through me.  ~Jesus Christ

John 14:6






Thursday, August 1, 2013

Quirky cooking tip I want to share



My strange cooking tip for the day.  :-)  A lot of us go to great lengths in the kitchen to carefully handle raw meat.  We are careful to avoid cross contamination.  We are diligent to wash up after handling the raw meat.  We clean the sink and counter with vengeance.  However, many of us do something pretty unsanitary without thinking about it. 

 
When cooking you break up raw meat with some sort of utensil.  You start off using that same utensil with the raw meat obviously, but how do you finish?

Your  utensil got the raw meat(and potential bacteria) all over it.  The meat may cook up to the proper doneness, but  the utensil touching it did not.  Often we might even serve the finished product with that bacteria covered utensil?   Not so yummy when you think about it.   I didn't used to think about it either.  Then one day a few years ago the light bulb clicked on.

That utensil usually isn't subjected to the same heat level that the meat in the pan is.  Thus, it is going to have bacteria on it still, especially on it's upper layers that didn't get down in the hot pan well.   Too much potential for food bourne sickness in my mind.

Here is what I do for those interested.  I either make sure the entire surface of the utensil gets fully hot enough that I can rest easy.  However, more often, I just grab a fresh one to finish things off.  If I don't have another, I make it point to wash in hot soapy water quickly as I have a second.

When it comes to meat, I am a "well done" girl for the most part.  I know, some of ya'll think that is nuts and ruins the meat.  Not me!  LOL   I can't hack the thought of uncooked meat or it being remotely underdone and potentially risky.  Thus, even my utensil I am careful about as stated above.

It may sound like it, but I am actually not a germophobe.  I believe some germs are important for building immunity generally.  I have lines I won't cross though.  Raw meat is one of those lines.

Just me sharing my weird ways and quirks of the kitchen.  I'd love to hear yours in the comments.  Perhaps you all have tips I can glean from too now that you probably laughed at mine.


Are you edifying your husband?

Many of my readers know I have a different stance of submission and/or obedience to one's husband than most of the western world.  I believe strongly in upholding the Biblical headship.  I didn't always have such a stance, but back in 2001 God opened my eyes on this matter.  In I Corinthians 11:1-16 it says the headship order is God, Christ, Husband, Wife. 

Various other scriptures speak in strong terms that a wife should be obey/reverence/respect/submit to her husband.  Many ladies who have come to wearing a headcovering or have at least studied on the issue, realize they are supposed to let their husband lead.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). 
 
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands…” (1st Peter 3:1). 
 
“To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:5). 
 
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan” (1st Timothy 5:14,15). 
 
“Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement” (1st Peter 3:6). 
 
“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” (Ephesians 5:24). 

However, what I would like to talk about isn't really outright disobedience.  It is more like purposefully or willfully irritating your beloved.  I think most have done so at one point. 
 
I don't mean when the two of you may be teasing one another playfully.  Playing is okay.  :-)

I mean when you decide to go and do something that you know full well your husband will not be happy with. He may not have issued a directive one way or the other.  It may simply be doing something you know in your heart it will displease him. 
 
It may even be something silly like decorating intentionally with a color you know he hates looking at.   Maybe putting meals in the regular rotation you know he absolutely hates?  ( I am totally guilty of this one) Perhaps you alter your personal appearance in a way you know he does not approve?  It might be you want something your way, and you just go ahead and act without really discussing a change even though it might be something that is meaningful to him.

I am not trying to say a wife can't make decisions or is incapable of such.  There are certainly things a husband may delegate to his wife's domain and authority.  If that is something fine with him...awesome.  That is not what I am talking about either.

What I mean is a most basic consideration of another human being.  Treat others how you wish to be treated.  Be kind, be loving, be selfless.  Put the one you love, before yourself.  Think of what will please his heart.  Think of what will bless him, rather than vex him.  It is not a fruit of the spirit to intentionally vex people, spouse or not.  If you wouldn't want it done to you, then don't do it to him.

I see sisters treat their husbands in ways they'd never treat a friend or a fellow church member.  This is your beloved.  Your special love.  Surely we sisters should hold a higher standard in how we treat our very mates.  Another are of concern is how you speak of your mate as well.  Do you speak to others about him positively?  Do you betray private information?  Do you lift his name rather than trash it to your friends?

Lift his name, don't ruin his reputation.  Do not lie of course, but do look to the positive things about him.  Speak kindly of him that his name may garner respect.  Talebearing is sinful no matter who it is about.  Are you doing this about your husband?  God forbid.  Again...treat him how you yourself wish to be treated.

These things include when he treats you with less kindness than he should.  We should always strive to treat others kindly, showing ample love and forgiveness.  This is our witness to all!  The scripture says a wife can win her husband to salvation when she follows a Godly path.

When you go about the little things in life, think of him.  When you speak to others of him, chose your words carefully.  Ask yourself...is what I am about to do or say pleasing to God first and foremost?  If it passes that vital test, then ask....  Is it pleasing to my husband?  Will it bless and edify him?  Will it vex and potentially hurt him?  Will it discredit his feelings in favor of your own?

Ponder these things prayerfully my dear sisters in Christ.  May we all resolve to have fruits of the spirit in dealing with all relationships and people.

 
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. " (Galatians 5:22-23)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Research Your Birth Control

This is another thing I am copying over from my facebook sharing today.  It is a topic I consider very important and very personal.  I pray all people would really look at these things with much prayer and research.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/19/judge-grants-exemption-for-hobby-lobby-in-obamacare-challenge/?test=latestnews

I am so glad they are calling attention to how some forms of birth control prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg into the womb. This is a point I wish more were aware of.

Personally, at one time, I had more than 1 doctor outright... lie to me about how some things worked. When I found out, I was horrified, crushed, and so repentant. I also felt devastated for all of the potential babies killed. And yes, I believe that is an appropriate term. Ironically after that, I spent many years desperate to conceive and was unable to. I praise God for his grace and mercy and the two beautiful children I have today. Perhaps one day He might send more. But we are open to His will on the matter.

I will NEVER use anything abortifacient intentionally. This is VERY personal to me. I share it in a desire to get others to research (on your own) about the various forms of birth control. Find out for yourself how they REALLY work. Don't casually take the work of your doctor, even if you think he is a nice guy. Think and pray about it all before consenting to it. If you don't, you might find a lifetime of regret. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Repent and Teach Your Children about the One True God

Tonight, it may be an unorthodox blog post, but I am simply copying my facebook status......I already expressed what is on my heart this evening as fully as I know how.......

I fear for those of you who would openly mock God. May God open all eyes to His truth.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lor...d Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him [God] that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.


Matthew 3 1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.




I know sometimes I post a lot it might clutter up folks feed. I know sometimes that is scriptures and that is offensive to some. Internet communication is difficult to know how someone is perceiving things. For all I know, folks think I am a self righteous, prudish, stick in the mud. I pray that isn't true. I wish I could really share my heart and you could know what is really inside.
 
The Father knows I am FAR from perfect. Some days I weep for wanting to be a better person. I am ABSOLUTELY a sinner saved by the GRACE of a mighty God. I fail often and miserably at times. I am soo thankful for His mercy and teachings. I am trying to learn with each new day.
 
However, I confess, I worry immensely for my friends and family who do not have the peace that can come from only knowing Christ. I love you, and I fear for you. I often struggle to understand why someone would deny Him. Why deny such a beautiful peace and gift? Why do you den...y His Word?

Why deny it to your children? You might think you teach them tolerance and openmindedness to teach them about all gods, all ways, etc. You might say you wouldn't stop them from being Christian if they one day chose. But even when you teach no path is the "one true way", you teach something. You do not direct your child toward the ONE true creator and that is the same as denying Him. Your children will likely follow in your path.

You might be willing to risk your own soul....but are you willing to risk theirs? God forbid!

May God guide us all to our knees, so that we may truly know Him and be more like Him.


 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Allowing our Children to Experience Discomfort

We are a comfortable people these days aren't we?  I was thinking about that this morning on my walk with the children.  One was complaining nearly the entire walk.  "It's hot" (only about 80 degrees) was a major complaint, as well as "I'm tired" over, and over.  I was really starting to get annoyed with all of the complaining.  It was a beautiful morning, yes it was warm but that was much cooler than typical for this time of year.  We also haven't got to walk for a while due to so much rain lately.  I kept thinking how unhappy my child would be if it was a more normal temp.  I thought back to being in school in 100 degree classrooms and having to concentrate on World History exams.  I realized, my children wouldn't know what to think about that kind of heat.  They haven't had much occasion to get so hot for longer than a couple hours playing.  They have always had a cool bedroom to sleep in the summer, and a warm cozy bed in the winter.

All this went through my mind in a flash and it was just a minor slice of the day.  Children are still learning.  I don't expect perfection.  However, suddenly it dawned on me as a general thing, my child really was not very used to being uncomfortable.  I am not talking about times of discipline or punishments.  I just mean, in a general physical since of life.

Even those of use with lesser amount of cash, here in our western world, we live very comfortable.  We are often in air conditioning, be it home or vehicles. At very least most of us have fans to keep cool by. We have indoor plumbing and electricity. 

In the winter we have warmth and plenty of clothing.  We have shoes, often many pairs.  Most of us have cozy nice homes, apartments, or places to stay. We have shelter from storms.

Most of us rarely experience true hunger, often we have very full bellies.  Most of us have the ability to keep entertained in so many ways it is overwhelming.  Compared to that of the past, or other cultures and countries, we have really plush lives.  Many of us know this.  Some might argue the point, at least in some cases.  In general though, I think most of us would agree, we are quite comfortable.

Is this a good thing?  It is certainly what my flesh wants.  If you really think about it, when learn so much in times of discomfort.  It makes us appreciate the comforts we do have. 

We who are believers usually understand that it can take someone to be brought low, to really look up and find God.  However, right now though, I am actually talking about the "little things".  Is it good to always pamper our children?  Is it good to always be seeing to their every perfect comfort?  I mean if they hardly ever so much as break a sweat, is that not a disservice? 

Of course we must keep them safe.  Of course we want them well nourished.  Of course we want them to be happy.  We want them to experience just being children.  A "carefree" childhood is often idealized. 

However, I am thinking that much character is built is letting your children have times of discomfort.  For example, many realize it is important to teach chores for a good work ethic.  Much is learned in this.  But shouldn't we be watchful that we don't 'over serve' our children in other areas.  Do they complain or whine every time you don't immediately get them a drink to quence their thirst.  Perhaps you delayed dinner later than usual for some reason.  Will that generate rounds of children acting like they are going to starve to death?  Will turning the air conditioning off makes them fuss until it is on?  Will not having the exact blanket because it happens to be dirty create crying until it is returned?  Will not having the perfect cup throw them into a fit?  Basically are we "spoiling" our children?  I am not saying a child can't have a favorite blanky or toy.  I am just saying we need to be watchful overall of creating and expectation that every whim will be met.

 Don't always be so quick to step in an resolve their every complaint and displeasure.  As Mama's it is our inclination to care for them.  However, in our caring for them, we need to be cautious not to cater to them.  I think there is a difference.  I think I have crossed that line unintentionally in some things. 

I resolve to do better.  I want my children to have a very blessed home and childhood, but I want them to have good character even moreso.  I want them to be able to withstand hard times should they come in life.  As believers in Christ, they are almost sure to come at some point.  May we all prepare our children in the big things, and even in the small things.  Perhaps a little discomfort isn't such a bad thing if it builds strength of character.


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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap



I realize there are probably a million of these recipes for homemade laundry soap online now.  But I want to share what I do.  I am highly allergic to a lot of soaps and chemicals so most nearly all commercial detergents set me to itching like a crazy lady.  Fabric softener(liquid and dryer sheets) were the worst offenders of all.

Years ago I started doing homemade.  I initially learned from my dear friend Angie at Shepherds Hill.  Eventually I started doing a little twist on it.  Just to boost the cleaning power I add in the one and only commercially made laundry detergent that does not make me itch.  The one at Aldi in the blue bottle I can safely use.  You can completely leave this out and it is NOT necessary.  By diluting it with homemade, it is still very cheap and cost effective.

Some folks like to add OxyClean too.  (sodium percarbonate)  That is possible, I did it once.  I don't now because I find OxyClean works better via a long overnight soak when needed.  It seems to require time to do it's job.  If you have white coverings, it is a gentle way to clean them without using bleach.  Anyway...back to the homemade laundry soap....

You will need a large bucket with a lid.  These can be found at Walmart in the painting area for less than $5 if you don't have one.  Some people prefer the powder recipes so they don't have to store lots of liquid soap.  I didn't like the cleaning power of the homemade powder version.  I didn't feel like it done as well.  If you do use a powder version, be sure to start your washer and let some water run, then add your powder to dissolve before adding clothing.  That helps significantly.

I prefer liquid and I feel like it is also much longer lasting and more cost effective.  There is one MAJOR point of homemade laundry soap you need to know.  Soaps leave residue and are inherently different than detergent.  If you don't use and acid rinse to change the PH of your rinse water, you will get greying and buildup over time.  It will make you hate homemade laundry soap.  So if you don't use an acid rinse, please don't blame me if it fails miserably. 

The same can be said if you use too much soap and not enough acid.  You have to balance it well.  Most people use vinegar for the acid as it is cheap.  Lemon juice would work as well.  I  know some fear their laundry will come out smelling like vinegar.  It won't, unless you use a megaton of it, your laundry will smell very fresh.

Please, if you bother to make homemade laundry soap, please don't skip the acid rinse.  Ever wash your hair with a bar of soap?  It will leave it feeling quite nasty, right?  However, if you rinse your hair with vinegar, followed by plain water, it will feel awesome.  It will be soft, shiny, and do a better job than any commercial shampoo and conditioner could do.  My point is, the acid rinse really is vital to getting that residue off, just as with your hair.

If your machine doesn't have a special compartment for rinse aid or fabric softener, there is a cheap solution.  Buy a Downey Ball (a couple bucks) and use about the same amount of vinegar in the ball as you use in laundry soap.  For me that is about a 1/4 cup or so, if the load is terrible I use a bit more.  Just be sure to do more vinegar accordingly. 

If you commit to using homemade laundry soap, you will need to get over the idea of the strongly perfumed laundry.  I admit, I miss that too sometimes.  The huge amount of chemicals aren't good for us.  Fabric softener especially since it is in your rinse water and stays on your clothing.  I know it isn't great that I do add in a little of the commercial laundry detergent.  I reckon it is diluted with my homemade stuff, and the vinegar rinse takes away most of the residue.  Not perfect, but it is what I do.  You can absolutely leave that out and stick with the natural stuff only. 

Many say these homemade recipes are totally fine in HE machines.  Some just use a little less.

Anyway....enough blabbing...onto the "how to"

My recipe is:

1 bar of Fels Naptha (you can use whatever bar soap you want, Ivory, homemade plain, etc)
2 cups borax
2 cups Washing Soda (not Baking Soda, You are looking for Sodium Carbonate not Sodium BiCarbonate)
1 quart boiling water
2 gallons cold water
1 container your favorite brand laundry detergent (totally optional)


Use anywhere from 2 T to 1 cup per load, in proportion to the vinegar/acid you use. 
I use 1/4 -1/2 cup, depending on how soiled.
Your water hardness, may increase or decrease the amount you need, experiment accordingly.


First grate the bar soap on a regular box grater.  This is hard on your arm, but think of the cost savings.  :-)  You could get around this by slow melting a bar in a crockpot with the quart of water, but it would take quite a while. 

Next, boil a quart of water and pour over the grated Fels Naptha to melt it.  The point is to turn the bar to a liquid soap. 

I should say here, don't use a liquid high sudsing soap like shampoo or something.  The machine would overflow with bubbles probably.  You need low sudsing like bar soaps or homemade soaps for this.

After you melt your bar soap, put it in the bucket and add in the other ingredients, plus 2 gallons of cold water. 

Stir well.  It will be a tiny bit lumpy but mostly very watery.  You will be very unsure this will work.

The next day or two, it will gel and be more like what you are used to seeing.  It will need stirred a bit before each use as the borax tends to rise.  It may not be "pretty" but it works and works well.  You don't have to wait for it to gel to start using it.


Now some folks are uncomfortable with Borax.  I am not.  I use it and have no issues.  Once I was out and I left it out completely.  I kept all of the other ratios the same and it still worked perfectly.  In fact, "looks wise", it was better and gelled much nicer.  It seemed to clean okay.  So it is up to you if you want to use or skip the borax.  I don't think the Washing Soda is optional though.  You really need it and some type of soap.

Initially you might miss fabric softener, but it really is a terrible product.  It kills the absorbency of towels and cloth diapers too.  Between that and the strong chemicals, the horrid itching, it isn't worth it for me.

Final tip, if you really miss the perfumes, some people like to add essential oils like lavender to their soap mix or even to the acid rinse.  I do once in a while, but I often don't bother.  If you really love a wonderful scented laundry....nothing makes it smell better than hanging it outside if you are able to.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cleaning Stainless Steel Sheet Pans

Okay, I know if I kept up at this, it would be less of a problem.  But I confess, I am not good at that.  I have thus had many frustrating attempts at cleaning them due to my neglect.

This is one of the corners of gunk.

I have tried hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, cream of tarter, vinegar, lemon juice, dish soap, dishwasher soap (powdered and liquid), steel wool (aka Brillo), salt....etc.  I have also tried SAFE combinations of these.  (ALWAYS know for a FACT that chemical are safe before mixing homemade cleaners). 

Even with all of these, most have not had a significant effect on cleaning this baked on gunk.  Also, I do not use cooking sprays which make the problem much worse.  I still get some of it over time.

I do know putting a splash of ammonia in a bag and tying it up tight for a few hours, preferably in the hot sun will work well.  Commercial oven cleaner will work.  But I would prefer not to kill myself chemically.

Last night on a whim I tried rubbing alcohol.  Hello, new trick!!  It worked great.  It was not perfect, some of the worst areas still need a little more work.  But I suspect a little longer of a soak and it would be a non-issue.  When I put the alcohol on the pans, I let them soak for a couple hours at most.  So all in all, it worked well.  Some of the yellow gunk areas that weren't as bad, just wiped off fast and with little effort.  Other areas took more scrubbing.  I did still use the steel wool in combination with the alcohol. 

My arm and shoulder really hurt when I was done, but I had also spent a lot of time trying other methods which failed.  Once I started on the rubbing alcohol, the job was SOOO much easier.  Still not what I would call a total breeze, but a lot more manageable.  The more time you can soak them, the better. 

Also you can saturate a cloth in alcohol and leave it on a bad area so you can use less and focus your efforts if need be.

This is where is was trying cream of tarter and vinegar on the pan on the left.  The pan on the right had dishwasher liquid on it. (not the handwashing stuff, but the stuff for your actual dishwasher)  Both failed on this miserably.

This pic is where I first tried the rubbing alcohol and let it soak a few minutes.  That much came off fairly easily.  What is left behind was the meaner gunk that took more soaking and some elbow grease.

This was when I finished.  As you can probably see, it was not 100% perfect, but pretty good overall.  All in all, I would say rubbing alcohol rivals ammonia for cleaning pans.  It is still some powerful stuff and hard on your hands, but personally I feel safer with it.  Of course, do use it in a ventilated area as well.


 
 
I probably have a post later on cleaning stainless steel sheet pans...but really quickly here is another facebook cover picture I made. 
 
For anyone curious, this photo was taken in Chillicothe, OH in Yocktangee Park.  Every time I looked at it, that scripture popped into my heart and mind. 

Use or share as you wish.  Blessings!
 
 



Friday, June 28, 2013

Cleaning Copper Pots and Pans with Cream of Tarter



A tip I wanted to share with you all is I have been using Cream of Tarter for cleaning occasionally.  It is acidic and cleans well depending on the situation. 

Usually to clean my copper bottom pots, it takes a lot more hard scrubbing and a brand new green scotch brite pad or a steel wool. 

However if you make a paste with Cream of Tarter and water and let it sit for a few minutes, the job is much easier.  Add in some baking soda if you need more abrasiveness or use a scrubby pad of your choice.  If you let it sit for a few minutes, you will need a lot less "elbow grease".

All in all, this job went a good deal easier than usual.  I know some use things like tomato sauce(or Ketchup) overnight, vinegar, and lemon juice are good cleaning acids for this job too.  I am guessing Cream of Tarter isn't something a lot of people will think of using for a item to clean with.

So if you have a little Cream of Tarter, don't forget about it's potential cleaning power as well.



See the pictures of the process below.

To show the difference I applied some to half of the pot bottom and let it sit for a few minutes.

 Notice it working as it sits.  I gave it a light scrub so you could see through the paste.




I went ahead and done both sides and got them wiped off.  They are all finished and shining.  Now if I can just keep my daughter from swiping them and taking them to the sandbox.....
 


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Just thinking on the direction for this blog and youtube


I have been thinking.  I do believe I am going to post more often as time allows.  Sometimes it will be text, sometimes video. 

I often don't do various writings or "how to's" because it seems so many have been done elsewhere many times over.  However, something I want to do is create a way for my children to be able to learn about me, the things I know, the things I believe, the things I do.....from me.

If God forbid, the Lord would call me home while they are still young, then I want them to have a way to learn about who I was and the things I wanted to pass on to them.  My husband lost his Mama at a young age and has little he remembers of her.  He would desperately like to know more of who she really was.

In this day and age with the ability to video and photo things easily, I would like to prevent that from happening with my own children if possible.  I always kind of wanted to do that in a diary,  but I tend never to get around to it. 

I was thinking, why not incorporate that mentality into my blog and videos?  It also will be a resource for anyone who wants to read and share too.

So, you may see some seriously simple "how to's" come along.  I will still share on deeper topics too of course(as led).  I don't usually write 'just because'...I don't write to a schedule or to gain audience.  I do not blog or do videos for ad money.  (I briefly allowed them on youtube and I had to take them off as some were pro choice ads.  I was horrified when I seen that.  I took that down as soon as I learned about it.  Since that experience, I have no desire to do that again.  Anyway, I am rabbit trailing....)  My main purpose has been to share in the spirit of Titus 2 and as the Holy Spirit leads.  That will still be the same overall.

This blog is already such a mis-mash of different things(Christian writings, submission to husbands, weight loss, how to's, sewing, etc).  I hope it doesn't bother anyone with the varied topics and so forth.  If ya'll are willing to stay with me, then just skip over the ones that don't interest you.

This morning as I was working in the kitchen I shot pics of various things I was doing like making raw sauerkraut.  I also shot pics of making my homemade laundry soap.  I know there are many sites to discuss these things already, but I will still cover them.  I believe as go about my life, I will try to keep my camera with me more and shoot as I go, and hopefully thus teach as I go.  Hopefully, in the end other sisters will be able to glean something as well. 

In the past couple weeks, I almost stopped doing videos and blogging completely.  I let things bother me that I should not have.  Silly minor things in the grand scheme of life.  I felt like my videos and writings just were becoming too annoying, not relevant, not important, etc.  I felt like,"Who am I? Am I just yammering on about stuff with no one really caring?".  I absolutely felt injured after some really cruel comments on youtube recently.  I did turn off the comment function on youtube briefly. 

Then someone told me she watched my videos and changed to be a more submissive wife, and as a result, her atheist husband came to Christ.  That hit me powerfully and made me ashamed for almost giving up over such silly reason. 

I may not be nobody important.  I may not have a lot of unique or powerful things to say.  But I know God has used me in some small with a few people, and even one instance of Him using me in any way is worth continuing.  Writing and doing videos for my children's sake is a new way of thinking about all of this, but also worth doing. 

Anyway, for now, have a blessed day in the Lord.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More Free Christian Scripture Graphics








Free Christian Scripture Images for Facebook or Sharing

 
Kind of a different post for me.  But I have been playing with making some images for facebook.  They are Christian scripture cover images and just general images to share to spread the word.  They are made using photos of mine (and a couple my mother took too). 

Right click to 'save as' and download.  Share as you are led.  If folks like them, I may make more as time allows.
 




















Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I haven't updated in a while, but I wanted to give a quick update to share a good friend's blog.  She is having a nice giveaway.  I thought perhaps the few people who read here might like to know about it.  Enjoy!

http://inhishandshollow.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-special-give-way.html

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Here is a video update for those following my weight loss journey.  I am currently 271.8, 63 pounds down.  Still logging on www.myfitnesspal.com.  If you are out there logging too, please feel to friend me.  I am emcdonie on there. :-)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

At What Point?

 
 


At what point does one wake up and let the scales fall from their eyes?

They have walked a narrow path of Christ at one time.  They exemplified virtuous traits of the scriptures.  They were meek, kind, loving, they cared for their husband and children, they tried to be sober minded, they avoided drunkenness, they were blessed to be able to be a keeper at home, they focused on learning Biblical living ways.  They were an encouragement and edification to so many.  They were separate from the world, in attire and actions.  They focused on others, instead of self.  Their family was often mentioned, and so much joy was within.  They clearly had an attitude of serving and selflessness.  Serving Christ, and walking a narrow path was the primary focus of their life.  Serving family was second.

However, slowly changes are made. Perhaps letting in little things to pamper oneself occasionally doesn’t seem so bad? There is no real harm in wanting to feel a little pretty.  Who doesn’t? So the attire changes to add some fun and frill. Beauty is not sinful.  However, at some point that isn’t the case.  The line gets blurred, more and more and further away. A little frill becomes slowly to blatant immodesty and vanity.

Prettiness to please ones husband is no longer the main concern, but prettiness to please the world becomes paramount. Necklines plunge.  Skirt hems raise.  Having a pleasant time of fellowship with friends becomes nights out of alcohol and dancing with strange men. Immodest attire and behaviors NEVER before considered remotely acceptable now become perfectly normal.

The attitude of selflessness is gone, but one of selfishness has taken over.  The focus becomes one pleasure and having fun.  While the children are at home in someone else’s care.  How do the children feel?  How does the husband feel?

These changes progress slowly, so one almost doesn’t realize how VERY much they have changed.  Perhaps others have tried to warn them they strayed from the narrow path they once walked?  Maybe they were quickly were told to mind their own business and not be so judgmental? Perhaps no one has warned them at all?  Some may have even encouraged them to finally go out and have fun and focus on self.

Many of us may have elements of this hypothetical person in our lives.  Perhaps we are that literal person?  We know what we should be doing.  We know how we should be living.  However, we have let innocent little changes, become big changes over time.

We took tiny steps from a narrow path, until somehow we walked right over to the freeway of the world.  At what point will we wake up, repent, and take the nearest exit ramp to get off of this worldly main road of life.  May we get back on and STAY on that narrow path.  May we find our joy in serving God and family.  May we really and truly see, where we have been and where we are going.

A vital question we must ask ourselves……How do I think God feels about how I am living my life right now? Is my path a narrow one according to Him?  How does He view my actions, my attire, and most importantly my heart?  The answer to that question should tell us all we need to know.

Let us pray to today if we have scales over our eyes, that they fall so we may see clearly to walk the narrow path of a mighty and Holy God!
 
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Follow up note:  I want to clarify something lest I be misunderstood.  Exterior beauty or looking pretty is not a sin.  There is no hard obvious line where it becomes such, as a lot of it what is going on inside one’s heart.  Exterior beauty is fine.  However, vanity of the heart is sin.  Immodesty is sin.  There is no one perfect attire for a professing Christian sister.  She has much freedom in how she dresses.  It may certainly be in a pleasing manner and long as some vital lines are not cross. 

Things to avoid:
Vanity
Pride
Worldliness
Immodesty

Things to exemplify both in dress and demeanor:
Meekness
Humility
Beauty (however inner beauty must always be more important than exterior)
Chastity
Holiness
Modesty
Respect

Make sure we encourage one another as sisters in Christ to adorn ourselves with Godliness and not worldliness.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mercy

Seen this one today from my older brother sharing it.  Perfect follow up to yesterday's post.


Amen

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Do we have to pay for our mistakes?

A quick thought on sharing on facebook.  I see the below image a lot.



But let us ask ourselves does it fit with scripture?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

People do have to pay for bad choices eternally.  I realize that isnt the intent of the picture.  Or is it?

We live in a society that wants to feel "guilt free" for sin.  People misuse and twist scripture.  It is often screamed that we are not supposed to judge.   There is truth in that, but it is a twisted truth.  We do see and weigh the fruits of others.  The point is we are not to issue corrections and rebukes without first repenting ourselves.  Ultimately, we do judge.  No one likes to be the recipiant of a correction.  Whether that be from a fellow believer sincerely trying to help you on your path or even from God.

It stings and hurts our pride.  It brings humility in a meek and open heart.  That is good.  But in many, they will resist the correction.  Pride will win.  Thus they lie to themslves and make excuse.  They oftentimes turn and attack, claiming no one should dare judge or correct them.  They lie to themselves saying they do not have to pay for their mistakes.

It is true we should not beat one another up for our mistakes.  We absolutely should leave matters alone if the person repents.  We have ALL needed grace and forgiveness.  Not one of us is better than the other. 

But that does not remove the fact there IS punishment for sin.  Just be sure you look at the second part of the above verse.  Accept the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus! 


Only THEN may you view your past differntly. 
Only THEN it is under the blood of Christ. 
Only THEN can you NOT have to pay for your mistakes, IF you have truly repented of them. 

Praise God for that grace!  A sincere repentant heart does not have to pay for mistakes.  Jesus paid for them for us!

Please do not fail to see the whole picture.   I know many have shared that picture, or ones like it innocently.  Sometimes I have shared pictures without putting a lot of thought into their real meaning.  I do think it is important to be careful lest we unintentionally mislead others(or even ourself). 

May God guide us in all we do! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Heart of Good Manners and Grammar


Today I have been thinking of manners and good speech.  I have often heard that good manners are not important for ourselves, but they are for making others around you feel comfortable and respected.  They are not something ones does to raise their own level, but a manner of restraining oneself to put another’s comfort before their own.

I think that is a good way to view it.  The same can be said of grammar, or many acts that we do.

It is important to practice good hospitality and make others feel comfortable and well received.  We do need to be thinking about how our words and actions make other people feel.  We should be kind and loving towards others in every way we can be.

However, I notice many are starting to take a different view.  There are more people mocking poor grammar, regional accent/dialect, attire, or various aspects of a person’s education and life.

What surprises me about this is not that it happens.  I expect worldly people to fall into the trap of mocking others.  Christian believers, we should be thinking and acting differently.  We need to put the hearts and feelings of others before our own.  Do you realize when you mock someone’s grammar you are being quite hurtful?  Many do this on facebook for a little laugh.  I understand the need for a smile and laugh.  We all need smiles.  Please be careful that you do not take your smiles and laughs at the expense of another.

We do not always know someone else situation.  They may not have been as blessed with the opportunities for education you have.  They may not have been as encouraged in their lives.  They may have hardships you do not know of. 

Besides that, while it is certainly important to learn things like good manners and good grammar, are these things REALLY more important than the hearts and minds of others?  I would say certainly not.

I may not always use the best grammar.  It doesn’t always mean I do not know how.  Sometimes it is lack of time to proof and nit pick my writings.  I do my best to be as clear and concise as possible to be understood, but I don’t spend a huge amount of time proofing.  I do look things over within the time I have, but that is it.  I simply consider the HEART of what is being said to be of FAR greater importance than HOW it is said. 

I am also one that has a regional accent.  My accent is Appalachian.  It sounds similar to a southern accent, but there is a different “twang” to it.  My husband and I both learned quickly, in certain situations, we drop the accent.  (ie interviews)  We know others will view us as less intelligent simply because of a regional accent!  I find that so sad.  I feel sad when I see people make fun of southerner, rednecks, etc. 

If people those who are so quick to do that, would take that time and get to know more of us “rednecks”, then they might find we are not so bad.  Some of the most kind, giving, selfless, and humble people I know would also be described as having terrible grammar, manners, and a “hick” accent.  I am okay with that.  I have been blessed to have known them.  I aspire to be more like them.

Remember good manners are to put others at ease and comfort.  Thus it follows that boasting of your own intelligence, while putting others down, is actually a contradiction.  It is a false pride.

The Lord values humility and meekness.  We are required to love others, including our enemy.  We are required to be kind and treat others how we wish to be treated.  We are required to show hospitality.  Let us be self-controlled in our speech.  May we never use our educated speech to put another down or trample upon their hearts.

If you enjoy being a “grammar nazi”  (this is a term many happily bestow upon themselves) great!  I am glad you are trying to polish your skills.  It is a good thing to know.  Do practice good grammar and manners often. 

However, focus on your own words and those that are under your teaching such as your children.  While you teach them good grammar, precise pronunciations, and excellent manners… do not neglect the more important matters of the heart.  May we never let our intelligence lead us to pride.   


I share these thoughts in hopes that it will lead us to think of others, before we speak(or type). I know it is well possible, many have done this and simply not thought about how it can make another person feel. I say these things not to pick on anyone in particular. It is a general pattern of behavior I have seen and occasionally have been guilty of in the past. I truly hope if I ever made anyone feel badly in this manner, I beg their forgiveness. May we walk a narrow path and display fruits such as self-control, humility, meekness, and love.




 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Disclaimer


Disclaimer:  I am not, nor have I ever claimed perfection in my walk.  I am trying as best as I know how to walk the narrow path of Christ.  I am not ever attempting to give anyone license to do anything with their life.  We each are responsible for our own choices.  We each must weigh things against the Word of God.  I am merely trying to share my own thoughts and experiences in the spirit of Titus 2 as a sister in Christ.

My videos and writings are not addressed toward men.  Of course, anyone is welcome to view or read these things them if they wish.  If you are a man, and wish to contact me for the purpose of discussing or debating Biblical doctrine, please consider addressing  my husband  in your message.  I will forward it to him accordingly.  I do not believe in teaching nor debating men as per scripture.
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Regarding my disclaimer, perhaps I should add....any messages involving rebukes, biblical/doctrinal debate, I have already received were forwarded to my husband accordingly. If you receive no reply from me personally, that is why. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Modesty or Sin?

 

Modesty or sin?  Which shall we chose sisters?  Which have you already chosen?

If our mighty God has opened our eyes to the truth in His Word and we even obey it for a time, how much greater of a sin when slowly slip away from it?  We who KNOW better!  Tis a very dangerous path to follow our flesh knowingly and willingly.  You may also lead others upon it.  Do you really want that?

Yes, I absolutely realize the definition of modest attire can be subjective, but only to a point.  There is no harm is striving to be feminine, womanly, pleasant, neat, orderly, clean, beautiful, colorful, etc.   We should certainly strive to please our husbands in our appearance. 

However, we can go too far.  There is a point when describing oneself as modest just simply no longer applies.  We can go beyond a “grey area” of things just being “subjective”. 

One other point…….When we see someone doing walking away from modesty, shall we encourage them in this sin?  It is tempting to do so as it seems we can justify our own desires to do the same things!  God forbid!  Should we not try to gently help them back along a narrow path?!

I know it is likely someone may remind me it is more important to be modest of the heart.  Yes, that is true.  But your attire reflects your inner heart.  One’s heart IS more important!  But I highly doubt one with a truly modest and humble heart will even want to partake in the attire that belongs to a harlot.

I realize also many may even go as far to find this judgmental.  People tend to jump on that bandwagon with this particular topic.   I hope and pray not, as it is not the spirit in which it is intended. 

I have many times been tempted to fall into the vanity of the world and slowly loosen the standards of Biblical modesty.  Often I have argued the point of it all being “subjective” or “grey areas” with room for personal liberty.  But if I get really honest with myself, it is merely vanity and pride trying to crepe in. 

I encourage all sisters to study on biblical nakedness.  It is the Bible where we must get our definitions.  Define modesty by the standards the Word sets, not the world.   The world is so far from Bible standards it should be an easy enough task.   Then you will not have to worry so much about it being a “subjective” term.  You do have some liberty in how you dress. 

Just be sure you are modest and chaste as you are scripturally required to be as a believer in Christ.
 
If you find you have indeed strayed from the Bible’s definition of modesty, then repent of it, and determine to walk a narrow path in humility.  May we walk that path together and help one another along it daily.

I Timothy 2
9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.


Titus 2
3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.