Saturday, June 28, 2008
It was also a day of hardening. I was asked by two different women where I went to school (there was no question in their minds as to whether or not I attended college) and, when I told them I was studying History and German, their next question inevitably was what did I want to do with my degree. Now, not so long ago I would've halfheartedly suggested teaching, which I have no desire to do in the scenario most commonly promoted, but, thankfully, I no longer hide behind my fear (in this matter) and I proudly told them I wanted to be a housewife and mother.
I have to chuckle here, because one of the women was unable to hide her shock for a moment before she recovered and managed to get out the usual, "Oh, that's nice," before quickly changing the subject. The other woman, however, without missing a beat, replied, "And when you're tired of being a mother, what are you going to do?"
>.< When I'm tired of being a mother, lady, I'll pray to God for more strength.
I didn't say that, though, because she smugly related her own experience, "Once I got tired of being a mother, I pursued my own dreams." (Just about then I was praying to Jesus to restrain me from choking her. We're not all goody-two shoes all the time.) So then she began asking about EJ and I cooled down, but, seriously, selfish much? If you bring children into the world, it is your responsibility to see that they're brought up in a way pleasing to God - you no longer exist solely for yourself.
Thankfully, as my title implies, this is only a case study of what can happen in these types of situations. Yesterday a woman at work asked me "the question" and she sincerely praised my decision, going through some of the reasons why it's right.
So, with today's culture, one can pretty much get a person's reaction: they'll think I'm silly, naive, or just plain stupid. Sometimes, however, you find those who agree with you and it is like a breath of fresh air in a fetid swamp.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
"Bible Citation Costs Couple Jobs, Home"
This isn't the first evidence of religious persecution in America that I've come across, it's just the most recent. I've noticed a steady increase in reports of anti-Christian activity in the U.S. and a few months ago an article like this would have frightened me beyond belief. Thankfully, I've come to realize that God really is in control of absolutely everything and I have nothing to fear.
Consider this: Romans 8 - (27) and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
(31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (33) Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; (34) who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. (35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) Just as it is written,
"FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
(37) But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (38) For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, (39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NASB)
Halleluia! Jesus has conquered all! Though they may kill our flesh, we will rise once more on the glorious Day of Judgment, when all knees will bow in reverence and fear, including those of our persecutors!
*ahem* Sorry, sometimes I get overly excited. =)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
As a 1930s wife, I am
And I tried to put myself in EJ's shoes when I took the husband's portion of the test. If I know him as well as I think I do, lookie lookie:
As a 1930s husband, I am
Ish teh happeez. ^_^