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A blog about the home, children and family and what we deem important in our lives.

The Cold Hard Facts — March 31, 2011

The Cold Hard Facts

On our way to Ada today we saw a gruesome sight.  A hawk flew down and we saw him land with his claws down on his victim.  The little mouse or whatever, probably saw the hawk’s shadow but it was too late.  It made me shiver! 

It also made me think of Satan and I bet he wishes he could do that to his prey…but he can’t…IF we are wise, we can “see him coming” and resist him and the Bible tells us to submit to God, and resist the devil, and he will flee from us. James 4:7.  ” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  Comforting?  You Betcha!   

TO MY CHILD, REVISED. — March 30, 2011

TO MY CHILD, REVISED.

A PORTION OF…TO MY CHILD; REVISED:

 I read this from somewhere..and it was so very depressing to me,so I decided to revise just a portion of it.   It sounded like a parent looking for an excuse to fail their children!   My revision is in parenthesis and in green:

I gave you life but I cannot live it for you.

(We are going to do our best as examples so that you will have a good life.)

I can teach you things but I cannot make you learn.

 (We are going to make learning fun and worthwhile…so that you will excel.)

I can give you directions but I cannot always be there to lead you.

 (We are going to teach you God’s directions for youth, so that your values in spiritual matters can lead you right.)

I can allow you freedom but I cannot account for it.

(If I don’t train you in the way you should go, with freedom in Christ, It will be my fault for not doing my job, and I will give account.) Prov 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4

I can teach you right from wrong but I can’t always decide for you.

 (We are going to teach you God’s way and teach you to make your decisions with God as your Director).

I can give you love but I cannot force it upon you.

(I’m going to love you so dearly that you will always treasure it.)

I can teach you to share but I cannot make you unselfish.

(I will ‘TRAIN’ you to share and God’s Word will make you unselfish.)

I can let you babysit but I can’t be responsible for your actions.

 (Are you kidding me???) Parents are the ones responsible for their children’s actions! )

I can warn you about sins but I cannot make your morals.

 (If we live our lives according to God’s will, as your parents, only then if your values and morals echo ours, you will be ok, as we all follow Him.)

Revised by Edna Ingram…Note: Please do not use our family…and how our children turned out, to malign God’s Word. Proverbs 22:6 means just what it says even if our children turn out bad. God’s Word does not rely on us to prove how valid (or invalid) the Scripture is. If I didn’t believe that Proverbs 22:6 meant just what it says, then how could I believe Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16?

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THE WORDS WE SPEAK — March 29, 2011

THE WORDS WE SPEAK

 

We must be careful of the words we speak…

They reach out much farther than our fist!  -E. L. Ingram   

Your fist can only go as far as my nose…but your words…Oohhhhh…they can go in all directions. They can go forward just like a sword…right into my heart. They can go upward…God can hear them. They can go sideways…depending upon who else was standing by and heard them and were also hurt because of them.

They can go downward and cause turmoil and stress in the very bowels of my being. They can go backward and come forward from my past…to haunt me in my future. Your words and mine…they can be very, very powerful!

 Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

My Answer To The Late Mr. Einstein —

My Answer To The Late Mr. Einstein

Mr Einstein:  “Nobody certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just and omni-beneficient personal God is able to accord man solace, help and guidance; also, by virture of its simplicity it is accessible to the most undeveloped mind.  But, on the other hand, there are decisive weaknesses attached to this idea in itself, which have been painfully felt since the beginning of history.”

Mr Einstein, continued:  “That is if this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and ever human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thought before such an almighty Being?  In giving out punishment and rewards, He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself.  How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him?”   -Albert Einstein

Me:   Mr Einstein…The weakness that you so readily attach to the Creator of  all things is a weakness in your concept of Him.   God is more than goodness and righteousness.  He is also just.  We humans cannot comprehend righteousness combined with love and justice and mercy. 

You said: ” In giving out punishment and rewards, He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself.”   And that’s exactly what He did….Not for His own sins because He had none…but for our’s. He took the punishment Himself for us.  Could you not see the love in that, Mr. Einstein?

You do err Sir, not knowing the complete Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 1: 18:  “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”   The Pure and Innocent, Who  had so much love for the human race that He was willing to die physically, that we might live eternally….That terrible day  when love mercy and justice,  met together…but He lives again today!

Memories — March 28, 2011

Memories

When Angela, Tiffany and Daniel were young, we used to go get them occasionally and take them to Wintersmith park in the college town about 20 miles away. It was a wonderful park (and still is) where they had monkeys and deer and burros and where the ducks and geese ran wild and you could feed them all.
 
Well, since it was 20 miles and took a little while to get there, I sat in the back of the van with them and we played games to make the trip more pleasurable.
 
One day I was asking them Bible questions. The oldest one, Angela, (age 5) was answering most of them and the middle one, Tiffany, (age 3) didn’t know very many of them of course. The baby, Daniel was only about 2 and of course, he was too young to get involved much in answering them, but he enjoyed it anyway.
 
I could see that Tiffany was getting pretty frustrated at herself not knowing the answers. Finally she put all that frustration into words and said: “I wish I’d brought my Bible!!!”.
 (She couldn’t even read yet. (smile) But she knew where the answers were! They are all grown now and thanks to Wendell and Kathy,  all three of them still “know where the answers are!” :) There are two sets of grandparents who are very proud of them
 
TAKE THE HAND OF A CHILD —

TAKE THE HAND OF A CHILD

(Written by the little boy in this picture about 38 years later.)

Take the hand of a child…feel the tiny fingers clasp yours. It may be smeared with a popsicle or chocolate candy or ice cream. The hand is probably dirty from playing with a dog or cat. You may notice a band-aid on the finger, or a wart on the thumb. But the hand that you hold is the hand of the future.

Someday that little hand may hold a Bible…and work to proclaim the Word of God; or that little hand may hold a gun…and seek to take the lives and property of others.

Someday that little hand may work diligently…to provide the needs of a family; or that little hand may jerk and tremble uncontrolled, by the mind of a drug addict.

Someday that little hand may reach out to render aid to those who are in need…or simply reach for another bottle to satisfy the torturous cravings of an alcoholic.

Someday that little hand may be a tool of generosity and hospitality…used by a truly committed disciple of Jesus…or a tool of greed and selfish ambition, used to lay up treasures on this earth.

But right now…that little hand is in yours. It is attached to a child who is filled with wonder…whose heart is pure and clean and whose mind is filled with a desire to learn.

What an opportunity! What a responsibility! The question is…What would you do with this little hand? Will you help guide this little hand? And mold this little heart?

Will you work to guide this little child to Jesus? It will take time…it will take sacrifice…it will take diligence. The opportunity is yours! The opportunity is now! And the opportunity is fleeting! Will you take the hand of a child?

By Wendell Ingram

SHARING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. —

SHARING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

I pressed ‘share’ on one of my friend’s links this morning…her little eleven year old niece singing Amazing Grace. It is so beautiful and if I had not pressed ‘share’, soon it would have been so far back on her page that I would not have been able to find it.

So much like family life.  If we are following Christ, there’s something good that we have and if we don’t share it with our children while we can…someday, when we are gone, it will be so far back in their past, they are not aware that they can have it too… or maybe just forget it and not interested any more.  What a tragedy!

Quality Products — March 25, 2011

Quality Products

                       

Quality Products: : This isn’t really about corn.

 
Some one dear to us was planning on putting corn in the freezer. She had always blanched it and cooled it first. Some of her friends told her to just leave it in the shulks and freeze it that way. It saves time and is just as good, and works for okra too, they told her.
 
She tried that on a few of them and about 3 weeks later her daughter fixed some of it. It had a bad whang to it and they could not eat it. The canning and freezing books say that the enzymes need to be stopped by boiling water in order to capture the freshness before being frozen. She will probably go back to blanching it, because you can keep it as long as two years or more and it is still good. It’s worth the time and work to have a quality product.
 
God loaned us very quality products when our little precious babies were born into our families. They are as pure as they can be when they are born. It is worth the time and effort to see that we give them back to Him as quality products. Yes, it takes extra effort…much, much effort. It takes extra effort trying to be… ourselves what God wants us to be, so they have a good example in a mother and daddy.
 
 It takes much extra effort also, to raise a good child up to be faithful. Just raising them up to be morally right is not enough. It takes an extra effort to get everyone up early on the Lord’s Day to make sure we are where we are supposed to be and on time. This should begin on Saturday….no staying up late….no doing something that makes us too tired to go…so that we are at our best for God.It also takes an effort to make sure that our children are not in wrong company during their growing up years. Peer pressure is out there and it is very real! It takes a lot of effort to teach them to not give in to peer pressure in their growing up years. It is not easy to resist…even for adults. Satan doesn’t give us much time on peer pressure. It hits us suddenly and we succumb and then we ask ourselves afterward, “Now why did I do that?”Jesus put out a lot of effort in dying for us so that He can plead our case, but only if we are obedient to His Will. Jesus didn’t use a short cut to redeem us and neither can we in training our children. No such shortcuts exist…we either train them for God or we don’t.

We also need to give them lots of affection so that their emotional and mental health is not impaired. Train them to drink deeply of the Water of Life and they will never want to refresh themselves at stagnant waters. God wants a quality product when they come back to Him!

 

©Edna L. Ingram

 

 

THE LINES UPON OUR BROW — March 24, 2011

THE LINES UPON OUR BROW

 

Each day we gather sorrow

It shows upon our brow;

The joys we have along the way

Don’t show as much somehow.

Do you think if we could just take time

To relax along the way

And lay our sorrows at His feet…

Those lines would go away?

©

 Edna L. Ingram

THE STORMS OF LIFE — March 23, 2011

THE STORMS OF LIFE

THE STORMS OF LIFE

While traveling down the road one day,
We saw a wondrous sight;
The wind was from the north that day,
And blowing with all its might!

But it didn’t phase those old elm trees
That grew along the road;
They still leaned toward the north
And kept their true abode.

Yes the north wind blew but it didn’t change
The form of those old trees;
Because they were already formed
By the regular southern breeze.

God, Who created your little one,
Has plans for your child’s life.
And no matter how well you do your job,
There will be winds of strife.

For Satan and his helpers
Will try to change his ways;
But if he is grounded in Jesus Christ,
You will have cause for praise.
So train your little one for God
And when life’s strong winds blow,
He will be formed as God desires
And his heart be white as snow.

Then when he grows up and leaves your side,
For sure will come the breeze;
But he’ll be grounded firm and strong
Just like those old elm trees!
© Edna L. Ingram

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