Jon and Candy Summers share:
Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship—Now Family Covenant MinistriesFaithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 30 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME July 2014 Information
Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities
1. FCM 2014 Conference DVDs, CDs, and MP3s
2. FCM Activities-FCM Entrepreneurial Field Trip of the Brown Family’s GFC Business, August 16
3. FCM 2014 Conference Attendees
4. FCM 2015 Conference
5. FCM Art Festival Winners
6. Special Opportunities
a. Non-GMO Tomato Plants for Sale
b. Geoff Norton shares: House for Sale
c. Blueberry Picking at the Price’s Multigenerational Blueberry Farm
d. Exchange Students
There’s No Place Like Home Articles
1. Notes from Subscribers-Stock up on Great Books
2. Southern Traditions: Faith, Freedom, Family, Farm, and Friends
a. My Destiny
b. My First Grade Teacher Recently Called
c. Southern Women
3. Heart to Heart-Slandering Godly Leaders
a. Devil’s Purpose is to Stop God’s Children’s Efforts in Advancing Christ’s Kingdom
b. Leaders Would Not Be Worth Their Weight in Salt if They Had No Antagonist Gossips Vilifying Their Character
c. Teach Your Children to Discern Truth from Lies by Their Fruit
d. Exposing Deeds of Darkness is Far Different Than Slanderous Gossip
4. Covenantal Families-I Am Woman; Hear Me Roar
a. We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
b. The Quiet Revolution
c. Consequences of Women’s Liberation from the Home into College and the Workforce
e. Working Mothers
f. Domestic Violence Against Men
g. Divorce Initiated by Wives
h. Effects of Divorce on Children
i. Drastic Increase in Child Abuse
k. Secular Culture Understands History Better Than Most Churches Today
l. I Have a Dream
5. Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-The Five Guys Story
6. Multigenerational Estate-The Legacy of La Chaize-Family Estate Since 1667
7. New Homeschoolers Workshop, Part One
a. Independence is Antithetical to God’s Word, for Scattering is a Curse
b. God’s Method
c. Hebrew Education
8. In the Library-Love Song for a Baby
9. Delightful Surprises-All About Those Adorable Ladybugs
10. Come Gather at Our Table-Patty Melts and French Fries
11. Summers Signature-Inexpensive and Easy Outdoor Lighting
12. Summers on the Farm
a. Sweet Pea’s Blossom
b. Surprise Candlelit Birthday Dinner
c. God’s Abundant Bounty
d. Jewelweed-God’s Antidote to Poison Ivy
e. Herbal Remedies and Woodstove Recommendation
f. Homemade Sanitizer
g. Turkey Eggs
h. Looking Forward to Raised Beds
i. More Cleanup
k. Farm Living Is the Life for Me!
13. The Joy of Country Living-Knee Deep in June
14. In the Garden-Composting Black Gold
15. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made-Fermenting by Renee Yeo
16. Dismantling America
a. The Freedom Report: Official Newsletter of the Foundation for Moral Law
b. Pearl Harbor Historiography: A Lesson in Academic Housecleaning
17. Salt and Light-Boycott Walgreens
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FCM 2014 CONFERENCE DVDs, CDs, and MP3s
Resounding Voice continues to offer our families the opportunity to purchase DVDs, CDs and MP3s from our 2014 Family Covenant Ministries 30th Anniversary Conference.
Here is the link to purchase the audio and DVDs:
Pricing is as follows:
Individual MP3 Download: $4
Individual CD: $7
Full Set of MP3s: $85
Set of Main Room DVDs: $199
FCM Entrepreneurial Field Trip of the Brown Family’s GFC Business: Tour and Party, Saturday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. at GFC, 34273 210th Ave, Pittsfield, IL 62363. RSVP 217-285-6487 or
. Tour will be from 2:00-3:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner at 4:00 p.m. Please bring 2-3 dishes and lawn chairs. Paper goods and drinks will be provided. Fellowship, volleyball and games will follow. Please bring any additional games if desired.
FCM 2014 CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
The conference was wonderful, beautiful, inspiring! We all very much enjoyed the patriotic tribute on Wednesday evening. And actually I ran into Ike Eichenberger at Schnucks tonight and expressed our appreciation and enjoyment of Sentimental Journey’s performance. He speaks very highly of all of you. –Calverton Park, MO
Once again, the conference was wonderful, powerful, emotional, practical, life changing. Thank you and your wonderful family for sacrificing sleep, etc. to make these conferences happen. –Spanish Lake, MO
FCM 2015 CONFERENCE
Let me introduce you to Parakeet Pete. A large sized parrot, Pete prefers to be called parakeet, the name given to the small and medium sized species of parrots, because his friend Pepe, whom he knew before he came to the states, was a parakeet who vastly affected his life with God’s Word. But I am getting ahead of myself, so let me start at the beginning.
Born on a spice plantation in the French colony of Saint-Domingue on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in the West Indies, Parakeet Pete was quite familiar with this prosperous port where he saw cane sugar, spices, indigo, coffee, and cocoa grown before they embarked on their long journey to France and Europe. His birthplace was considered the most precious stone in France’s commercial crown. In 1767 alone, Saint-Domingue exported 72 million pounds of raw sugar, 51 million pounds of refined sugar, one million pounds of indigo and two million pounds of cotton. During the 1780s, this pearl of the Antilles produced 40 percent of all the sugar and 60 percent of all the coffee consumed in Europe. But in spite of the success of this colony, Parakeet was happy when he heard that his owners, the Laffite family, were considering leaving this bustling port for another one of a different nature, because he longed to see America and become a part of the Christian Republic he had heard so much about. To Be Continued…
Read some of the South’s fascinating history through Parakeet Pete in upcoming issues!
2014 Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF) Art Festival – List of Winners
The 2014 FCM Art Festival, held on April 5 at Salem United Methodist Church, was a huge success with upwards of 140 in attendance. What wonderful God-given talent displayed by our children! We had a total of 105 art projects entered, which included submissions in Fine Arts, Photography and our newly-added category of Assorted Arts. As we viewed the artwork and voted on the People’s Choice awards, we were very blessed with music performed by our homeschool families: Joe, Steve and Lisa Haney; Hannah and Garrett VaLeu; and Jenna Carr. What a lovely evening it was!
Watch for information regarding next year’s art festival in upcoming newsletters. We may even incorporate ideas from next year’s conference theme. Also, keep in mind our new Assorted Arts category. This year’s Assorted Arts submissions included sculptures, knitting, embroidery, origami, macramé, mosaics and copper foil relief. It is never too early to start planning for next year’s FCM Art Festival entries!!
Below are the 2014 FCM Art Festival Winners:
Clara LaPlante: 1st and Honorable Mention
Lydia Piper: 2nd
Lance Filsinger: 3rd
Aubrey LaPlante: 1st and 2nd
Norah LaPlante: 3rd and Honorable Mention
Mikayla Crile: 1st
Darby Hamann: 2nd and Honorable Mention
Dawson Jeffers: 3rd
Jarod MacKeen: 1st
Rebecca Tippy: 2nd
Ashley Ulbricht: 3rd
Jenna Carr: Honorable Mention
Madison Ramspott: 1st and 3rd
Olivia Wertman: 2nd
Kaitlyn MacKeen: Honorable Mention
Nicholle MacKeen: 1st and 2nd
Christopher MacKeen: 3rd
Alysa Drinkard: Honorable Mention
Esther Aubuchon: 1st and Honorable Mention
Deborah Porter: 2nd
Karla Everman: 3rd
BEST OF SHOW
Ages 6-9: Clara LaPlante
Ages 10-13: Rebecca Tippy
Ages 14 & up: Deborah Tippy
Garrett Carr: 1st
Julia Croy: 2nd
Lance Filsinger: 3rd
Leonardo Scherer: Honorable Mention
Jessica Carbone: 1st
Carter Schrum: 2nd
Jenna Carr: 3rd
Emily Ramspott: Honorable Mention
Ages 15 & up
Celeste Drinkard: 1st
Timothy Ramspott: 2nd
Hope Scherer: 3rd
Esther Aubuchon: Honorable Mention
BEST OF SHOW
Ages 6-12: Jessica Carbone
Ages 13 & up: Celeste Drinkard
Anna Wertman: 1st and 2nd
Kaitlyn MacKeen: 3rd
Robert Scherer: Honorable Mention
Janai Ritter: 1st
Madison Ramspott: 2nd
Tabitha Ritter: 3rd
Cali Schrum: Honorable Mention
Andrew Weiland: 1st and Honorable Mention
Benjamin Aubuchon: 2nd
Hope Scherer: 3rd
Nicholle MacKeen: 1st and Honorable Mention
Alyssa Drinkard: 2nd
Lisa Haney: 3rd
Ages 20 & up
Rachel Aubuchon: 1st and 2nd
Deborah Ritter: 3rd
Esther Ritter: Honorable Mention
BEST OF SHOW
Ages 14-16: Janai Ritter
Ages 17 & up: Nicholle MacKeen
Thank you, students, for sharing your talents with us!!
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Blueberry Picking at the Price’s Multigenerational Blueberry Farm
Exchange StudentsMy name is Michelle Hall, and I am the Regional Coordinator for STS Foundation. We place international exchange students with American host families for a semester or an entire school year. I am contacting local homeschool organizations in hopes of spreading the word and seeking out loving and caring host families. We have some amazing students from several countries who will be arriving late July/early August for the 2014-15 school year. We have male and female students with a broad range of interests from countries all over the world: Australia, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Switzerland and many more! Opening your home creates a lifetime of memories for your family and your student. If you or anyone you know might be interested in hosting, please have them get in touch with me. All students come with their own health/travel insurance and any money they need for personal expenses, school, activities, clothing, personal hygiene, etc. We ask the families to provide a loving and nurturing environment, 3 meals a day and reasonable transportation.
Michelle Hall, Regional Director Tennessee/Georgia/Alabama/Arkansas/Kentucky/Missouri STS Foundation
Phone: 423-774-2968; 866-425-4678; Email:
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NOTES FROM SUBSCRIBERS
Years ago you encouraged us to be sure to STOCK UP on great books, while we could still get them, while they were still in print, or available to buy out of print, still even legal in some regards, with the direction of the country and culture at times. Well, thankfully, we tend to be “book” and reader kind of folks, so in general we had a habit of buying books for holidays, birthdays, and to fill up each of the kids’ “hope chests” with essential resources. However, I just had a serious reality check. As we placed our very last Vision Forum order (with tears and a heavy heart, I might add), and as I sat and read one of the books we’d ordered that I had not seen before (Large Family Logistics), I thought to myself, “This is great!! All women need to read this. I think I will keep this copy for myself (I bought it for B) and order an extra few for each of the kids and for other people.” Then it hit me. I can’t. It was printed by Vision Forum. A sinking feeling hit me. I think they have sold the rights to print some of their materials, but what it boils down to is that you were very, very right. Please encourage people to invest the money into a library that will matter for generations and to never assume that they will always be available. –Springhill, TN
Interestingly, many Southern people lamented the fact that libraries even existed because they discouraged families from building libraries of their own. The South understood the importance of family continuity even when it came to transition of information to future generations.
SOUTHERN TRADITIONS: Faith, Freedom, Family, Farm (Home), and Friends
For the reasons that our upcoming conference will bestow homage to the South’s Bible Belt: my husband is a Southerner from Arkansas; I am a Southerner at heart, and without realizing it, lived out the Southerner’s gracious hospitality and lifestyle steeped in traditions for which they are famous; and finally because I now have a farm in a region that even Southern Living magazine dubs the South, albeit the Upper South. I won’t complain, even if we barely made it. I am proud to be part of the Southern culture, and in the next upcoming issues I, along with others, will explain why.
My First Grade Teacher Recently Called
My first grade teacher and I had kept in touch until Jon and I became busy leading our homeschool support group. It was a shame that I did not make time to continue this relationship, but I just could not keep up with everything I desired. It had been nearly 30 years since I had spoken to Miss Billie Beaver. Thankfully, she pursued me and called last week.
Aunt Billie, as I had become accustomed to calling her, was so sure that we had probably moved that she had her apology ready for the person who picked up the phone. She said that she was prepared to say that she was sorry to bother them as she was just trying to find her “prize” student that she had not talked to for a very long time. Of course, it was first grade, you know—one plus one equals two while Dick and Jane play with Spot.
When we get together this next month, I am going to ask her many questions, one of which will be why she considered me her “prize” student. She was a Christian, and she did just tell me that even as such a young child, your heart was so tender towards God. So it may be that she had hope that her faith would be continued through me, since she had no children of her own.
Nevertheless, she was thrilled that I still lived at the same address and still had the same phone number. Confirmation, once again, that I possessed Southern blood. Southerners are stable traditionalists, you know, especially when it comes to their homes. So here I am still at the same location for the past 36 years.
Aunt Billie began her conversation with reminiscing about me in her first grade class. She told me that she continually pleaded with me, and in her first grade teacher’s voice, repeated her requests— Darlin’ Candy, please stop taking care of everyone else and go out and play and have some fun for yourself.
Yes, I still have report cards from my first three years of school that say Candy is an excellent helper. She spends all her free time tying other children’s shoes, wiping their runny noses, helping them with their schoolwork, and hugging them.
It was actually this teacher, the principal, and my second grade teacher who came to my father and mother in 1965 and recommended to them that they place me in another school away from that neighborhood for the very fact that I spent all my time taking care of the neighborhood’s poor children. They then went on to exhort my parents that if they wanted me to reach my full potential, they needed to transfer me to a better school. As a result of this meeting, my parents did just that.
We moved to the suburbs so I could go to a four star educational institution. It was dreadful, as it worked to undermine everything my parents had taught me. The families were not friendly. The children were disrespectful to their parents. And though they needed help, they were in a position of affluence that kept them from seeking or accepting such. It was during that tumultuous time of rebellion during the ‘60s and ‘70s that blossomed into drinking, drugs, immorality, rock music, and partying. I opted for a horse and thus spent most of my afternoons following school riding while I prayed and contemplated the important issues of life—subjects that no one in my neighborhood or school cared to discuss.
Aunt Billie went on to tell me that your family was the bright spot in those families’ lives. Those immigrants were so poor, living in such small quarters and raising such large families.
Those immigrants may have been financially poor, but they were inherently rich in an understanding of family. Indeed, my best memories are from my first eight years of life in that neighborhood where my family took care of the other families in their community and where I followed in their footsteps. But I think that I came out the richer because it was from those immigrants that I learned what it meant to live in a multigenerational community of families of which I have written and spoken about before; where I actually saw several generations of families living and working together for the welfare of the extended family. They were close, which made for a tight knit community.
Aunt Billie supposed I was still taking care of homeschooling families. I told her that I was, as our family had just finished our conference, hosting our church to our farm, getting ready for our graduation, and planning our yearly activities for our homeschooling families. She responded by saying that she knew that was the destiny that God had ordained for me.
Upon reflection, isn’t that what Southern women do—take care of everyone else. Of course! That is their claim to fame—genuine Southern hospitality; caring for their family, homes and farms, church body, community, and country.
As a matter of fact, Faith, Freedom, Family, Farm (Home), and Friends were the South’s most treasured possessions, which they gratefully acknowledged as precious gifts from their heavenly Father and subsequent earthly forefathers. They knew that these precious treasures were entrusted to them for their time on the land that was bequeathed to them, so that they in turn protected, nourished, and cherished what was theirs by rite of passage, and to which they accounted as sacred. And it was this divine heritage that they impressed upon their own offspring, as future caretakers of the sacred trust.
Many of you probably never considered yourself to be Southerners. But what you may not realize is that most of our families are Southern in the truest sense of the word because faith, freedom, family, farm (home), and friends are our most cherished possessions.
But really it was because they were Christians, thus the title: The Bible Belt. Soon you will realize that our homeschooling families are exactly the same group of people the North had to dispose of during the Civil War because their faith, family, farms (home), and deep understanding of freedom posed a stalwart roadblock to their diabolical scheme of implementing their socialistic/communistic policies. Indeed, our Constitution has never been the same since these revolutionaries won their fight over states’ inalienable rights, nor have families been the same overall since they destroyed the backbone of multigenerational faithful families’ continuity.
Regarding states’ rights, consider for a moment the present scenario here in Missouri where our faithful representatives have stood against national healthcare and Common Core, but from which they will never be able to protect their constituents because the federal government’s oppressive, totalitarian wishes now take precedence over states’ rights and the will of their people. This is the reality of the issue on which the South stood, and the result of the overthrow of the South’s staunch stand for states’ rights, which places the consequences of the Civil War into historical context for us today.
Ideas and actions have far reaching consequences. The South’s visionaries understood this well. So did the North. And thus the battle raged over God as Lord or man as lord through the State. It is the age-old battle that began in the Garden.
If you heard Paul Jehle’s workshop titled Bonhoeffer vs. Hitler-Resistance to Tyrants that covered—What was the condition of the German Church at the time Hitler was elected, and why did Bonhoeffer describe its doctrine as “cheap grace”? What lessons can we learn from the drama in Germany just prior to and following Hitler’s take-over, and how might we apply these lessons today in America—you realized the stark reality of the parallel of our country today with Germany shortly before the Holocaust. And so you will realize after this upcoming conference why the homeschooling community poses such a threat to our tyrannical government today.
However, you will also find great hope in the fact of God’s Providence throughout history. For Christ has already won the victory against our enemy. He has delivered us from our bondage to sin and death so that we may have life and have it abundantly. He has drawn us out of this present cultural revolution against the authority of God’s Word and placed us firmly on the straight and narrow, where we homeschool our children instead of the State. Our duty then lies in going forward to dispossess the wicked and take back what is rightfully ours by divine direction through discipling others with the Word of God.
Stay tuned for further articles that are sure to bless your darlin’ Southern (Christian) hearts!
HEART TO HEART Also read the article below under Dismantling of America pertaining to the liberal revisionists of history slander of authors who write the truth.
Slandering Godly Leaders
Slander is the “oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. A malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report; a slander against his good name. The defaming of a man in his reputation by speaking or writing words which affect his life, office or trade, or which tend to his loss of preferment in marriage or service, or any other particular damage.”
“Deceitful spirits…hypocrisy of liars” 1 Timothy 4:1,2
In the short period of time Chief Justice Roy Moore was here for our conference, he had a lawsuit waged against him for allegedly saying something that he did not say along with several other slanderous accusations from others. He told us that even his elderly mother was accused of some ridiculous claim made on the Internet. Sadly, but not surprisingly, this is nothing new for Chief Justice Roy Moore. He is slandered all the time!
Also at the conference, while visiting with leaders from another state, we found out that homeschoolers had falsely accused them, which led to their resignation.
One of our speakers shared that they had been charged several years ago with a very serious allegation that involved litigation, but which of course had proven to be false.
An attendee told us how one of their rebellious children is working against them through false accusations about their family business.
One of our pastors is dealing with slanderous gossip from a family he lovingly discipled for many years but who turned on him because of his admonishment of their unrepentant sin.
Yes, the accuser of our brethren (Revelation 12:10) uses his human helpers to slander, malign, defame, and vilify those who possess God’s Holy Spirit.
“Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.”Zechariah 3:1
Devil’s Purpose is to Stop God’s Children’s Efforts in Advancing Christ’s Kingdom
The devil’s purpose is to stop God’s children’s efforts in advancing Christ’s kingdom, either through discrediting their message of truth, creating strife, or causing them to grow weary from doing good.
Most often he uses a liar to spread strife (Proverbs 16:28) as he craftily builds a case against each of the elect to destroy their ministries be it in the civil government, church, community, workplace, or in the home. Given time, it occurs in every spiritually successful entity.
Throughout the many years we have held conferences, speaker after speaker has shared how antagonistic opponents have waged war against them through slanderous reports.
The Apostle Paul shares his own experience in 2 Timothy 4:14-18 “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
John MacArthur writes: There are always people eager to falsely accuse a man of God. They may do so because they resent his calling, reject his teaching, resist biblical authority, resent virtue, or are jealous of the Lord’s blessing on his life. Ultimately, however, they demonstrate by making such accusations that they have become messengers of Satan. Such false accusations are one of his most dangerous weapons. Joseph, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, and our Lord Jesus Christ all suffered from false accusations. (The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 1 Timothy, 221) http://deliveredbygrace.com/private-accusations-against-your-pastor-is-a-sin/
Leaders Would Not Be Worth Their Weight in Salt if They Had
No Antagonist Gossips Vilifying Their Character
Leaders know that they would not be worth their weight in salt if they had no antagonist gossips vilifying their character. It comes with the job of being engaged in the battle as Christ’s warrior! Whether a chief justice, national leader, state leader, pastor, or parent, if effectively advancing the kingdom, false accusations will be waged.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”John 15:19
“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”Matthew 10:22
“An unjust man is an abomination to the just; and he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”Proverbs 29:27
Teach Your Children to Discern Truth from Lies by Their Fruit
As parents, we must train our children to discern truth from lies. To look carefully at the fruit, visible fruit, over a period of years, whether it is good or bad, of those who are doing the telling and of those of whom they are speaking. Our children must learn to ask the right questions of the right persons and respond in a godly manner.
Examples would include: How do you know this to be true? Were you there? Did you hear them say…? Now why would they say or do that? What advantage would that bring them? It is not consistent with what we know of them. As leaders they have a duty to… that is their jurisdiction. We should be thankful to them for all they have done for us and for advancing Christ’s kingdom, so instead of spreading strife, you should be supporting them with a grateful heart.
God says that we shall know them by their fruit. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform may miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:16-23
Exposing Deeds of Darkness is Far Different Than Slanderous Gossip
Certainly there is a time and place for exposing the deeds of darkness, but that is far different than slanderous gossip. Actually those who spread lies should be exposed. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the truth of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” Ephesians 5:6-11
God clearly tells His children that they should stay away from the morally dispossessed troublemakers. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.” Proverbs 20:19
If you see a man standing with the slanderer, remember that “those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them.” Proverbs 28:4
If you have been slandered, take heart, for you are in good company. Moses, David, Nehemiah, Daniel, Christ, and the Apostles were all slandered, often by those closest to them. But remember “‘No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17
I Am Woman; Hear Me Roar
Recently a friend showed me a flier that was sent to her teenage daughter for a women’s conference entitled I Am Woman. Do you remember that song by Helen Reddy? I am woman hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore…No one’s ever gonna keep me down again… I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman… The title reminded me of Rosie the Riveter with her fist clenched and her sleeve rolled up to display her muscle.
This was from a church, mind you, targeting a homeschooled young woman who just graduated. Not the mother or the older daughter, but the young woman who just graduated, who is most vulnerable to the lures of Satan to derail her from her godly calling.
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
“We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” or so we have been told by the national media, but what does this look like, and what are some of the consequences of our departure from our roles defined by God’s Word?
We have several books on the subject, which come from a biblical perspective, and thus read as a Christian would expect, but what, I wondered, was the perspective of a more secular culture. Here is what I found online.
“Women in the workforce earning wages or a salary are part of a modern phenomenon. Until modern times, legal and cultural practices, combined with the inertia of longstanding religious and educational conventions, restricted women’s entry and participation in the workforce…Women’s lack of access to higher education had effectively excluded them from the practice of well-paid and high status occupations.
Women were completely forbidden access to Cambridge University until 1868, and were encumbered with a variety of restrictions until 1987 when the university adopted an equal opportunity policy. Cambridge University only fully validated degrees for women late in 1947, and even then only after much opposition and acrimonious debate…
In the last 50 years we have experienced great changes toward gender equality in America. With the feministic movement of the 1960’s, women began to enter the workforce in great numbers. Women had also had high labor market participation during World War II as so many male soldiers were away, women had to take up jobs to support their family and keep their local economy on track. Many of these women dropped right back out of the labor force when the men returned home from war to raise children born in the generation of baby boomers.
In the late 1960’s when women began entering the labor force in record numbers, they were entering in addition to all of the men, as opposed to substituting for men during the war. This dynamic shift from the one-earner household to the two-earner household dramatically changed the socioeconomic class system of this country.
Female children of the middle and upper classes had increased access to higher education…Due to the dramatic increase in availability of birth control, these high status women were able to delay marriage and child-bearing until they had completed their education and advanced their careers to their desired positions.
Prior to the feminist movement, the socioeconomic status of a family was based almost solely on the husband/father’s occupation.
In the beginning of the 20th century, women were regarded as society’s guardians of morality; they were seen as made finer than men and were expected to act as such. Their role was not defined as workers or moneymakers. Women were expected to hold on to their innocence until the right man came along so that they can start a family and inculcate that morality they were in charge of preserving. The role of men was to support the family financially. Yet at the turn of the 20th century, social attitudes towards educating young women were changing. Women in North America and Western Europe were now becoming more and more educated, in no small part because of the efforts of pioneering women to further their own education, defying opposition by male educators. By 1900, four out of five colleges accepted women and a whole coed concept was becoming more and more accepted.
In the United States, it was World War I that made space for women in the workforce…Due to the rise in demand for production from Europe during the raging war, more women found themselves working outside the home.
In the first quarter of the century, women mostly occupied jobs in factory work or as domestic servants, but as the war came to an end they were able to move on to such jobs as salespeople in department stores as well as clerical, secretarial and other, what were called, ‘lace-collar’ jobs. In July 1920, The New York Times ran a headline that read: ‘The American Woman…has lifted her skirts far beyond any modest limitation’ which could apply to more than just fashion; women were now rolling up their sleeves and skirts and making their way into the workforce.
The Quiet Revolution
The increase of women in the labor force of Western countries gained momentum in the late 19th century. At this point women married early on and were defined by their marriages. If they entered the workforce, it was only out of necessity.
The first phase encompasses the time between the late 19th century to the 1930’s. This era gave birth to the ‘Independent female worker.’ From 1890 to 1930, women in the workforce were typically young and unmarried. They had little or no learning on the job and typically held clerical and teaching positions. Many women also worked in textile manufacturing or as domestics. Women promptly exited the workforce when they were married, unless the family needed two incomes.
Towards the end of the 1920’s, as we enter into the second phase, married women begin to exit the workforce less and less. Labor force productivity for married women 35-44 years of age increased by 15.5 percentage points from 10% to 25%. This phase has been appropriately labeled as the Transition Era referring to the time period between 1930 and 1950. During this time the discriminatory institution of marriage bars (restricting married women from employment in many professions), which forced women out of the workforce after marriage, were eliminated, allowing more participation in the workforce of single and married women. However, still women’s work was contingent upon their husband’s income. Women did not normally work to fulfill a personal need to define one’s career and social worth; they worked out of necessity.
In the third phase, labeled the ‘roots of the revolution’ encompassing the time from 1950- mid-to-late 1970’s, the movement began to approach the warning signs of a revolution. Women’s expectations of future employment changed. Woman began to see themselves going on to college and working through their marriages and even attending graduate school. Many however still had brief and intermittent workforce participation, without necessarily having expectations for a ‘career.’ To illustrate, most women were secondary earners, and worked in ‘pink collar jobs’ as secretaries, teachers, nurses, and librarians. Although more women attended college, it was often expected that they attended to find a spouse—the so-called ‘M.R.S. degree.’ Nevertheless, labor force participation by women still grew significantly.
The fourth phase, known as the ‘Quiet Revolution,’ began in the late 1970’s and continues on today. Beginning in the 1970’s women began to flood colleges and grad schools. They began to enter professions like medicine, law, dental and business. More women were going to college and expected to be employed at the age of 35, as opposed to past generations that only worked intermittently due to marriage and childbirth. This increase in expectations of long-term gainful employment is reflected in the change of majors adopted by women from the 1970’s on. The percentage of women majoring in education declined beginning in the 1970’s; education was once a popular major for women since it allowed them to step into and out of the labor force when they had children and when their children grew up to a reasonable age at which their mothers did not have to serve primarily as caretakers. Instead majors such as business and management were on the rise in the 1970’s, as women ventured into other fields that were once dominated by men. They experienced an expansion of their horizons and an alteration of what it meant to define their own identity.
The reasons for this big jump in the 1970’s has been attributed by some scholars to widespread access to the birth control pill. While ‘the pill’ was medically available in the 1960’s, numerous laws restricted access to it. By the 1970’s, the age of majority (age of adulthood) had been lowered from 21 to 18 in the United States, largely as a consequence of the Vietnam War; this also affected women’s right to affect their own medical decisions. Since it had now become socially acceptable to postpone pregnancy even while married, women had the luxury of thinking about other things, like education and work.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_workforce
“The 1960’s is a term used by historians, journalists, and other objective academics; in some cases nostalgically to describe the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, formalities, and schooling. Conservatives denounce the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and decay of social order. The decade was also labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the fall or relaxation of social taboos especially relating to …sexism that occurred during that time.
The 1960’s became synonymous with the new, radical, and subversive events and trends of this period…Commentator Christopher Booker described this era as a classical Jungian nightmare cycle, where a rigid culture, unable to contain the demands for greater individual freedom, broke free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm.
In the second half of the decade, young people began to revolt against the conservative norms of the time…this created a ‘counterculture’ that sparked a social revolution through much of the Western world. It began in the United States as a reaction against the conservatism and social conformity of the 1950’s, and the US government’s extensive military intervention in Vietnam. The youth involved in the popular social aspects of the movement became known as hippies. These groups created a movement toward liberation in society, including the sexual revolution, questioning authority and government, and demanding more freedoms and rights for women…”
“In the 21st century historians have increasingly portrayed the 1970’s as a ‘pivot of change’…In the Western world, social progressive values that began in the 1960’s such as…liberty of women, continued to grow.
Novelist Tom Wolfe coined the term ‘Me’ decade.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s
“The early 1900’s in the United States was a time of change in many ways. Until that time, women had been confined to the home in the traditional roles of wife and mother, but their lives began to reflect the growing trend of industrialization and technological change. As a result of these developments, women started entering the workforce in larger numbers, demanding better working conditions and wages, seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote.
Many women breaking out of their traditional roles in the early 20th century faced enormous resistance from all levels of society, not the least of which came from other women who insisted they should remain in their traditional roles. Women who demonstrated and fought for labor reform, voting rights, and birth control often faced arrest and discrimination. In 1916, Margaret Sanger was arrested after opening the first birth control clinic in the country.” http://www.ehow.com/info_8248028_lives-women-early-1900s.html
“The early 1900’s was the era of the New Woman. The modern woman was seen as self-confident and self-reliant and fit. Madame Yale, a popular beauty lecturer of the era said that the New Woman was ‘a hearty playfellow, a good comrade who rides, walks, rows, golfs, and wouldn’t be guilty of fainting for a kingdom.’ There was an increase in the number of women staying single to pursue careers. About half of all female college graduates in the USA in this era never married.
The early 1900’s was an era when women were very active in political reform. A lot of women supported the suffragette movement, and many more were active in the Temperance movement…The newspapers followed this new generation of daring, competent women with avidity.” https://answers.yahoo.com (How did women’s roles change in the early 1900’s?)
Consequences of Women’s Liberation from the Home into College and the Workforce
Abortion “From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the US. On the average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion. The very first reason—3/4ths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities.”
Working Mothers“From the beginning of the century, approximately 5 percent of married women were members of the workforce.” http://www.ehow.com/info_8557352_interesting-working-women-1900s.html
“Currently 71.3 percent of women with children are in the labor force. In 1975, only two out of every five mothers with a child younger than age 6 held a paid job. As of 2010, 64.2 percent of women with children younger than age 6 were in the labor force, and 61.1 percent of mothers with children younger than age 3 were in the labor force. Between 1970 and 1990, the number of single parent families in the United States doubled, contributing to the greater demand for childcare. On average, children younger than age 5 of working mothers spend 35 hours each week in some type of childcare arrangement.”
Domestic Violence Against Men “In 2010 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.” http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/men-the-overlooked-victims-of-domestic-violence/“A recent study by Harvard Medical School conducted a survey of 11,000 men and women and found that 50% of the violence was reciprocal. The Harvard study found that when violence was one-sided, meaning unprovoked, both men and women themselves who took the study said 70% of the time it was the women who committed violence against the men.” http://circuloateneainternational.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/harvard-study-says-70-percent-of-domestic-violence-is-committed-by-women-against-men/
Divorce Initiated by Wives“Women initiate two-thirds of divorces and far more of the separations, according to a nationally representative study by the American Association of Retired People.”
http://divorcesupport.about.com/b/2012/06/24/why-most-divorces-are-initiated-by-women.htm“It’s the wife who files for divorce in about two-thirds of divorce cases, at least among couples who have children. Throughout most of the 19th century about 60 percent of divorce filings were by women.” http://www.divorce-lawyer-source.com/faq/emotional/who-initiates-divorce-men-or-women.html
“According to both the National Center for Health Statistics and an American Law and Economics Review study, in the last decade, among couples who have children, two-thirds of divorce cases are filed by the wife. When both partners are college-educated, wife-initiated divorce filings skyrocket to 90 percent.” http://www.divorceresourcehq.com/divorce-statistics.html
Effects of Divorce on Children“Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these, close to half will also see the breakup of a parents’ second marriage. One of every 10 will also live through three or more parental marriage breakups. Forty percent of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers. Of all children born to married parents this year, fifty percent will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday. Seventy percent of long-term prison inmates grew up in broken homes. People who come from broken homes are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide than those who do not come from broken homes.” http://www.marriage-success-secrets.com/statistics-about-children-and-divorce.html
Drastic Increase in Child Abuse“Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.” http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics/
Homosexuality “Late in the (19th) century, as large cities allowed for greater anonymity, as wage labor apart from family became common, and as more women were drawn out of the home, evidence of a new pattern of homosexual expression surfaced.
World War II served as a critical divide in the social history of homosexuality. Large numbers of the young left families, small town, and closely knit ethnic neighborhoods to enter a sex-segregated military or to migrate to larger cities for wartime employment….
After the war, many of them made choices designed to support their gay identities.” http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0194028.html
Secular Culture Understands History Better Than Most Churches Today
Yes, we have come a long way from our Christian roots. Sadly though, I don’t think that the mega church that advertised their I Am Woman conference will be telling their young participants that they should leave college, leave the workforce, go home, learn to be keepers at home, get married, have babies, and homeschool their children so as to prepare a people for the Lord.
Now please understand that I have dear friends whom I love who work away from home and who have daughters who go to college and also work. I do not treat them in a condescending manner or condemn them for accepting our cultural norm. They know what I believe from newsletters, workshops, and discussions. They understand my passion for returning mothers and daughters to their cherished role as keepers at home, including my hope for their own family and for our nation. They love me; I love them. I keep writing; I hope they keep reading.
What I do condemn is the church’s role in this departure from God’s Word and their failure to preach the truth so that we can return our mothers to the sacred role for which God destined them. It is an apostasy I cannot tolerate.
Ironically, the secular culture understands the consequences of women entering the workforce better than most churches today. So what do the consequences of our departure from our roles defined by God’s Word look like in the church? I invite you to look at this video from the I Am Woman conference to see where this has taken women within the church.
After viewing the video, did you see Rosie the Riveter with her fist clenched and her muscles exposed? Did you hear the attendee who said it was a wild party? Wild is a great description of what happens when man, and in this case, woman, leaves the parameter of God’s Word and does what is right in her own eyes.
I actually cried when I saw this video. My friend actually cried when she saw the video. My family just sat in utter shock when they saw it, as they grieved over how far the church has fallen from her honored place in history. One of my sons said no wonder the church has no effect on our culture. If I did not know any better, I would have thought it was a public school spoof. While my daughter said how interesting that they used a circus as the backdrop since a circus is based on tricks and deception.
After viewing this video, I think that you should also look at this blog to see exactly what the church is demonstrating for our young women. http://nicolecrank.com/i-just-dont-like-myself
That the pastor’s wife, who is a pastor herself, has a ten-year-old daughter who tells her that she looks so stupid, with an eye roll, no less, and that this mother just glossed over her daughter’s damnable sin as nothing unusual so that she could get to her point of focus on self; that it was not until someone said that she looked good, that she thought I am good looking, and gosh darn it, people do like me was absolutely appalling. That she encouraged women to call someone up or text or Facebook or Twitter and give someone a compliment so they feel good about themselves instead of attending to the sins of her daughter to bring her to a knowledge that she is to honor and obey her mother so that she may live long in the land the Lord has given her was absolutely shocking.
Our narcissistic nation is in a world of hurt as our culture rapidly descends into barbaric paganism all because our nation’s “Christians” have rejected the authority of God’s Word for humanism where man does whatever is right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 Mothers are murdering their children over a million each year in the name of choice; more than 200,000 women are active in military duty in the name of equality; 50% of first marriages, 67% of second marriages, and 74% of third marriages end in divorce because everyone has the right to be happy; same sex marriage and polygamy have been legalized in the name of loving acceptance; denial of religious speech is accepted in the name of the fairness doctrine; all while the burgeoning State continues to take control of education, income, prices, wages, industry, genetic engineering, healthcare, and inheritance; and this “pastor” is worrying about how she looks!
I Have a Dream
One of the speakers said: The reason why it is important to surrender is because God has a plan. The very one who formed you in your mother’s womb, He knows what gifts, abilities, and talents that you have. Why would you not surrender that all to Him?
Surrender indeed. That is what God requires of us! We are to surrender to His Word and way. Not just the scriptures we feel like surrendering to, but all of His Word, even being keepers at home. So let us encourage mothers to use those gifts, abilities, and talents in making their homes Christ-centered where His Word permeates all areas of life.
The advertisement for the I am Woman conference had the word DREAM written upon it. I, too, have a dream of returning our culture to its ancient boundaries where women are keepers at home. Where women are focused on Christ’s purpose for them defined by scripture that turns their attention away from themselves, and how they look and how they feel, to their families. Where women understand the vast importance of their purpose and duty to God as a helpmate to their husbands. Where women joyfully obey their husbands. Where women love their husbands and children enough to create lovely, beautiful, clean, orderly, welcoming homes where they live, work, and play. Where women love to cook delicious, nutritious meals for their families. Where women love their children and thus train them to honor God by honoring them. Where women diligently disciple their children in the Word of God when they sit in their houses, when they walk by the way and when they lie down and when they rise up—all the time. Where women know the Word and implement it into every area of life so as to build up nations that glorify Christ. This is woman’s glorious purpose for which she was created.
Just think how quickly our culture would be blessed once again with peace and prosperity if churches would encourage women to be keepers at home, fathers to be spiritual leaders of their homes, and children to be obedient to their parents, instead of focusing on Me and making Me feel good about Myself.
God’s promises of blessings and curses have proven to be true through the ages. One just needs to read history to understand the significance of this. So the next time someone approaches your daughter and grills her as to why she is not pursuing a degree or profession, hand them the statistics from this article with the following scripture.
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5
Let us diligently work together to help our culture’s young women faithfully embrace a firm confidence in Christ’s plan for them as keepers at home as the most glorious profession they could ever pursue. Let us pray that they find their value in Christ and not in how they look or what others say. But that they focus their attention on the eternal reward that God has promised through covenantal faithfulness, that they will be filled with His Spirit and thus be filled with joy unspeakable in serving Him by serving their families as He commands in His Word.
Please pray that God continue to protect our family from the wiles of the enemy, as he most certainly desires to destroy our own family so he can stop the message we continue to deliver to our families.
CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS It is always good to hear from you that you are reading these to your children. We must be diligent in casting a vision for multigenerational faithfulness!
The Five Guys Story
Five Guys has been a Washington, DC area favorite since 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered sage advice to the four young Murrell brothers: “Start a business or go to college.” The business route won, and the Murrell family opened a carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Virginia.
Under the guidance of Jerry and Janie, the Murrell family served only hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil. The little burger joint quickly developed a cult-like following. Press paid attention. Customers voted the burger “#1” in the metro area.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s the Murrell family perfected their simple system. Five Guys was The Place to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between fresh-baked buns. A fifth brother was born and, as their family grew, so did their business. Four more restaurants with sit-down seating were added to accommodate the growing clientele.
Early in 2003 Jerry and Janie, together with the five “guys” began offering franchise opportunities. In just under 18 months, Five Guys Enterprises sold options for over 300 units. The overwhelming success of franchising a local restaurant made national news with articles in trade publications such as Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Business Magazine, and the Franchise Times.
Now, over 20 years after Five Guys first opened, there are over 1,000 locations nationwide and over 1500 units in development. Five Guys continues to receive media attention and has grown a cult-like following around the world.
1986: The first Five Guys location opens in Arlington, VA.
1986-2001: Five Guys opens five locations around the DC metro-area and perfected their business of making burgers... and starts to build a cult-like following.
2002: Five Guys decides DC metro-area residents shouldn’t be the only ones to experience their burgers and start to franchise in Virginia and Maryland.
2003: Five Guys sells out of franchise territory within 18 months and starts to open the rest of the country for franchise rights.
2003-Present: Five Guys expands to over 1,000 locations in 47 states and 6 Canadian provinces.
There are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys.
We use only fresh ground beef.
There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers. Nothing is ever frozen.
We use only peanut oil.
Our menu is trans-fat free.
The Legacy of La Chaize-Family Estate since 1667
Nestled in the bucolic countryside of the ‘Cru de Brouilly,’ in the South of Burgundy, stands the most famous French castle and winery in Beaujolais—the source of a family’s pride and joie de vivre.
Tradition and innovation converge on the gently rolling slopes of Burgundy’s wine country—the setting for Chateau de La Chaize in Odenas, France. Constructed for Francois d’Aix de La Chaize, captain of the Lyon Regiment, the seventeenth-century castle was inspired by drawings from the architect of the Palace of Versailles. Remarkably, the estate has remained in the same family since 1667.
When the property’s current successor, Marquise de Roussy de Sales, took ownership of La Chaize in 1967, she found the grounds a shadow of their former glory. She resolved to refurbish the declining villa, update insufficient winery operations, and restore the formal gardens. Within five years, the home, the landscape, and the wine cellar were designated as historic monuments.
Daughter Caroline manages La Chaize today, joined by an impassioned staff of vignerons (grape growers) including seven families who have cultivated the nearly 250 acres of vineyards for generations. Caroline’s approach to wine making melds modern techniques for increasing quality with time-honored customs of Beaujolais.
La Chaize epitomizes the proud heritage of Burgundy—the castle, the gardens, and the winery—cultural treasures that chronicle more than three centuries of a family’s life among the vines.
–Excerpts from Victoria, May/June 2014
NEW HOMESCHOOLERS WORKSHOP: Part One as Presented at the Conference
This workshop is essentially divided into three parts at the conference relating to the three hours of presentation. For lack of space here though, it will be divided into more parts in the upcoming newsletters. However, the structure remains the same.
The first hour of information imparts a vision for homeschooling and establishes the biblical and historical reasoning for discipleship. Likened to building a home, this will be the foundation that maintains the entire structure—a sure footing for multigenerational continuity that will maintain discipleship for future generations. The second hour is devoted to how we homeschool, essentially the studs, beams and walls of your structure. The third hour is the fun part, devoted to wonderful educational ideas and how to delight your family. This is equated to decorating your home.
My husband and I have been homeschooling our children for the past 34 years. In fact we are still homeschooling our 26-, 24- and 19-year-old because learning never stops in our family. And we will continue to learn together as a family after they move out of our home into their own homes because God requires parents to continue to impart wisdom to their children and their children’s children as specified throughout scripture but particularly in Psalm 78.
Even as long as we have homeschooled, I am more passionate about homeschooling today than I was 34 years ago. And I was really passionate about it then. I had been an elementary school teacher before I had children, but when my first child approached her fifth birthday, I was looking for a way to keep her home. I did not want her in a public or private school because I knew that who controlled the children controlled the future.
I graduated magna cum laude from University of Missouri, St. Louis and was awarded the second highest student teaching score that had ever been given to a student teacher. Yet I can tell you that my education was not about teaching your child how to read and write or how to compute math problems. It was all about making your child into a socialist who would reject Judeo Christian principles and accept the humanistic mindset, homosexual lifestyle, and feminist movement. It was all about destroying the family.
I did not know about homeschooling at that time, but simply prayed to God to make a way for us to keep our daughter home so that we could be the ones to instruct her. In answer to prayer, God faithfully provided the direction we needed through a newspaper article about homeschooling. It was a new phenomenon at that time, but one that rang true with my biblical understanding of our duty as parents.
So my passion for homeschooling continues to increase with the years, for I love being with my children every minute of every day, discipling my children, learning with my children, and being trained by God as I train my children.
Independence is Antithetical to God’s Word, for Scattering is a Curse
Quite a few years ago, as Sonia and I were walking arm and arm around a room at a wedding reception, I noticed a woman crying. Upon approaching her, I asked if she was okay and if there was anything that I could do to help her. What she relayed to us was quite significant.
Apparently the picture of Sonia and I enjoying each other’s company caused her to remember the former days when she homeschooled her own children. She referred to them as the best years of her life.
She then told me that she knew me from the days when she lived in Missouri. I inquired about her children. She said that she had two older daughters and grandchildren. I asked if her daughters were homeschooling their children. She proceeded to tell me that early on another homeschooler had given her a book entitled Give Them Wings. It was all about how to train your children to be independent so when they turn eighteen, you are ready to release them. Not knowing anything else, she had followed the book’s advice and trained her children to be independent—autonomous, self-determining, self-supporting, and self- sufficient.
I responded in horror to this godless mindset by saying that independence is totally antithetical to scripture, as it means complete exemption from control; subject to no superior authority; and ultimately not subject to God’s authority, followed by the fact that scattering is a curse.
Astonished, she looked as if a light bulb had just been switched on in her mind. She sighed and said, “If only I had known that and started my children on the right course. It did not seem right to me at the time.” She then continued that ironically the author cried after each of her children flew the coop. But again that is all she knew, for she did not get our newsletter or attend our conferences. If she had, how different her life might have been for her now.
Sadly, both her daughters worked. One had a baby out of wedlock and thus worked to support her child. The other daughter was making far too much money in the workforce to quit her job to come home and homeschool her children.
Now realize that this is the result from a mother who considered the years she spent homeschooling her children to be the best years of her life. Yet here she is crying because she lost what she loved most.
What is your most valuable possession? God says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5
The first covenant that God made with man was the covenant of marriage that He might seek a godly seed (Malachi 2:15) to fill the earth with His glory. “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over…every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28
The sacred duty of each generation is to train up the next generation to keep the way of the Lord as He commanded our father Abraham. “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” Genesis 18:19
It is not enough to go forward just because you think homeschooling is a viable alternative to public or private education. If you are a Christian, you will come to the end of your journey and be filled with emptiness because you did not fulfill what God had called you to do—to disciple your children for preparing a people for Him. So we are laying this foundation on the Word of God!
And in so doing, we are not raising our children to be independent, but building on the shoulders of each generation. And if we look back throughout history, we will see that God blesses nations through family continuity.
God’s method for procuring a godly seed and filling the earth with His glory is through discipleship. In fact, throughout scripture, God points us to parental discipleship. First, by the very essence of His triune being as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then by the example He set by walking with Adam in the garden. God personally instructed His children Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses…And He dwelt among them in the wilderness. He was always with them, leading them by a pillar of cloud during the day and fire by night. He fed them manna from heaven, which represented the bread of life, Jesus Christ, that they should be instructed and live by every Word that proceeded from His mouth.
As God’s representatives on earth, it was parents who were given the responsibility to instruct their children. Indeed throughout Proverbs, He points us to this truth. For brevity’s sake, I will just share a few of these verses, but suggest that you read the entire book of Proverbs and have your children copy the verses on this topic.
Proverbs 1 “Hear my son your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 3 “My son do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you….”
Proverbs 4 “Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding. Hear my son, accept my saying and the years of your life will be many…My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my saying…For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body…”
Proverbs 6 “…My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart…For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life….”
Proverbs 23 “Listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways.”
So what is our covenantal duty? Psalm 78 says, “Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth. For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.”
And what does God require of us? “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 11:19
“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9
Homeschooling does not stop after your children marry. It continues as they have children and those children have children. Parents are commanded to continue to disciple their children’s children.
When Christ turned 18, did His Father tell Him that He did not need to listen to Him any longer? Or did Christ suddenly become independent of His Father? Scripture shows us that as a man in his thirties, Christ came to do the will of His Father. In fact He said that He could do nothing apart from His Father; that it was not His will, but Thine be done!
What a different understanding than the humanistic mindset of our scattered culture today where each person does what is right in his own eyes for his own benefit.
We must remember the Rechabites in Jeremiah 35 where it says, “We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters, nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; and we do not have vineyards or fields or seed. We have only dwelt in tents, and have obeyed and have done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.… Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, that God of Israel, “Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you; therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always.’”’”
Although this was actually 300 years after Rechab, God blessed their faithfulness to their forefather because God always blesses covenantal faithfulness.
Our Hebrew forefathers understood their covenantal duty to train their children to serve God not only in this life but also for the eternal life hereafter. The driving religious philosophy of the Hebrew education system was their God. The emphasis was reverence for God and obedience to Him, reverence for parents and obedience to them, and covenantal multi-generational faithfulness resulting in family continuity.
Parents took care of the mind, body, and soul of their children. And since they considered children essential to the success of the family, and because a godly seed was the sole purpose of marriage and indeed life, they integrated their children into every aspect of life—worship, work, and recreation.
Parents faithfully discipled their children by instructing them with God’s Word and training them by working together to serve their own family, church, and community. Consequently, their children were dependent on God and devoted to their parents. They honored them and worked by their side as they dedicated themselves to and invested in the welfare of the entire family. And it was these families that formed the foundation of their church, community, and nation.
IN THE LIBRARY
Love Song for a Babyby Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
A welcome relief from our culture’s anti-baby obsession Love Song for a Baby lovingly begins with an invitation to Come, my darling. Come, my dear. Come hear a song about a baby, a very special baby. Come hear a song about you.
With father resting his head on mother’s pregnant stomach, the parents of their darling baby boy assure him of how much they loved even before he was born; even before he was loveable when he was puckered as prunes and loud as a lion. To them, his smile was the moon, hisburps were bells, since we loved you.
They let him know how they snuggled him, watched him when he slept, played with him, and kept him dry. Leaving no doubts that they wanted their baby, they tell him that We’d dreamed a baby, we’d wanted a baby, we’d planned for a baby, we’d waited and waited and waited for a baby, until finally, there was you.
This is a very precious book and a great testament to God’s promise that children are a gift from Him.
DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES-All About Those Adorable Ladybugs
-Surprise your children with the Ladybug Habitat for growing your own ladybugs. www.insectlore.comInsect Lore provides quality live insects, habitats, and toys.
-Learn factsabout ladybugs such as ladybugs are not really bugs at all but are beetles. Five thousand different species exist in the world; four hundred of these live in the U.S. Different species have different number of spots. Ladybugs live around one year. They lay anywhere from just a few eggs to 2000 eggs depending on the species. Ladybugs are beneficial because they eat pests such as aphids, eating up to 5000 in a lifetime, and scales, mites, broccoli worms, tomato hornworms, whitefly, mealy bugs, and cabbage moth. Although the ladybug’s red color warns predators that they are not good eating, they also play dead if one gets too close for comfort. When temperatures drop below 55 degrees, they go into a kind of hibernation. Ladybugs come in different colors and so do their spots ranging from blue, orange, red, yellow, green, and white. The spots warn predators that they taste bad and are even harmful to smaller predators such as birds and lizards. When you see a ladybug fly, consider that it beats its wings 85 times a second or 5100 times a minute.
-Read this poem.
Ladybugs all dressed in red,
Strolling through the flowerbed.
If I were tiny just like you,
I’d creep through the flowers too!–by Maria Fleming
-Do this finger play to the tune of I’m A Little Teapot.
I’m a little ladybug, as you can see.
I am a beetle pretty as can be.
I am brightly colored, red and black.
Look at the pretty spots on my back!
-Draw the ladybug’s anatomy.
-Mold ladybugs out of plastic clay.
-Paint a ladybug on a paper plate.
-Make ladybug snacks. Top Ritz crackers with cream cheese, tomato wedges for wings, capers for spots, black olive for head, and tiny stalks of celery or dill for antennas.
-Make ladybug cookies. Ice round butter cookies to look like ladybugs.
-Make a ladybug cake.
-Paint a round wooden stool to look like a ladybug.
-Send thispoem in a decorated ladybug card to elderly family members.
I’m sending love and wishes
All wrapped up in a hug
Good things should come your way
With this tiny ladybug.
A rabbit foot or horseshoe
Are said to bring good luck
But ladybugs are special
They also bring you love.
The ladybug of friendship
I’ve sent to you today
Comes with hope, joy and happiness
To last throughout your day.
COME GATHER AT OUR TABLE
On the one hand, I love Steak n’ Shake and Five Guys burgers. On the other hand, I am not particularly fond of homemade hamburgers, unless it happens to be patty melts. I love patty melts. They are so simple and so incredibly delicious.
Slowly cook rings of onions until golden brown. Cook seasoned hamburgers in butter until done. Then place slices of bread (French bread, rye…) in same pan with more butter. Top with slices of Swiss cheese, cooked hamburgers, generous covering of onions, more slices of Swiss cheese, and finally slices of bread. Flip when golden brown and crunchy. Add more butter as needed. Grill until other side of bread is crisp and golden brown, as well.
Homemade French Fries
I always serve these with seasoned French fries. With the skins intact, I thinly slice the potatoes into fries. Toss in flour, seasoned with generous portions of salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin. And then deep fry in batches and serve hot.
Inexpensive and Easy Outdoor Lighting
Some of our most delightful summer recollections are of evening dinners on our deck aglow with twinkle lights draped on the railing, hanging lanterns overhead, pillar candles on tables, railings, and stairs, floating candles with flowers in bowls of water on the dining tables, and torches aglow with lovely music playing in the background. Simple, inexpensive, but oh so enchanting, this ambiance is the sweetest setting for summer meals.
SUMMERS ON THE FARMEverything we do is being recorded for our posterity to know and understand the loving sacrifices we made to ensure their prosperity!
-Josiah and I came upon Sweet Pea’s lovely little heifer shortly after birth. All glossy brown and wobbly on its feet, it was left in the high grasses while mother grazed with the rest of the herd. Just days later, we saw it friskily playing with the other calves, kicking up its heels and running in all directions. I named it Blossom.
-For my birthday, the children surprised me with a candlelit dinner in our meadow by the stream. Prior to sunset, they drove me along our stream until we came upon our patio table and chairs set with linen and china in a little alcove surrounded with lit torches. As I came closer, I saw that a gorgeous blue bowl was filled with floating rose petals and lit candles, surrounded by seashells that Sonia and I had painted and glittered several years prior. Soon after I was seated, they poured Pina Coladas topped with paper parasols. Then they covered my plate with a large lobster and drawn butter, followed by another plate of grilled steak, rice pilaf and green beans. After this lovely feasting came chocolate cupcakes in beautiful scalloped cupcake papers. Frogs serenaded us while thousands of fireflies dotted the meadow with their twinkling lights. Yes, this was as close to paradise as I had ever been. This same setting can be created in your own backyard during the glorious months of summer.
-Out of town friends and families from our church came to the farm for Memorial Day weekend. As the children played in the stream, Erica Keithly began pointing out to Sonia the bounty of wild edibles that covered our farm. Although I already knew that we had watercress, elderberries, hickory nuts, mulberries, black walnuts, and sassafras, I did not know that we had gooseberries and Russian olives. I had never even heard of Russian olives. Apparently we had several of these silvery shrubs, which produce clusters of small orange-red, cherry-like drupes that can be made into preserves. Wildlife apparently love the fruit, so we will have to keep an eye open and time our harvest carefully before it is all gone. God’s bounty made me think of the following verses. Genesis 1:29 “Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed: it shall be food for you.’” Psalm 104:4 “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth.” Psalm 136:25 “He gives food to all flesh, for His lovingkindness endures forever.” Erica’s thoughtfulness in pointing everything out to us and her other helpful advice and recommendations made me think of this verse. Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” I was truly grateful to Erica when Sonia pointed out these lovely gifts from God later that weekend.
-Erica also pointed out Jewelweed and told us of its precious properties. Often growing next to or near poison ivy, this plant counteracts the irritating chemical of poison ivy. Cutting the stem and rubbing its juices on the exposed skin often prevents the blistering rash. God is so merciful to provide an antidote to that sinfully sufferable plant. I would recommend searching Jewelweed and familiarizing yourself with this plant so you can identify it and benefit from its healing qualities next time you run into some poison ivy. Again, I was very grateful to Erica for sharing this wisdom with us.
-Erica passed on some great information while we were together. She recommended that I purchase Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville as being excellent, and she has read dozens of books on herbs and natural healing. For burns, she recommended Comfort for the Burned and Wounded by John W. Keim from www.bulkherbstore.com and his wonderful B&W Ointment that Erica keeps on hand. She also sent me to this bulk herb store for instructions on how to make Jewelweed salve as an antidote for poison ivy. For tick bites, she uses ledum (a homeopathic) from www.vitacost.com. She also suggested that we purchase a woodstove now if we need one, as the government is mandating requirements that no woodstove on the market today will meet. The one they like is Progress hybrid woodstove from Woodstock Soapstone Company, which is made in America. We love the soapstone for its long, gentle heat, and it has hot and warm cook spots on top, too. Plus it is highly efficient and can warm an entire large home. It is a good value and price. If you go to www.woodstove.com, they will send you a nice packet full of information, paint chips, etc...
-Finally, here is Erica’s recipe for homemade sanitizer. This also happens to be a pretty amazing insect repellent, at least for chiggers and mosquitoes, if you spray it well on bare skin (in my experience). I usually get eaten alive, but this really has worked for me, and it is inexpensive and totally natural. For my 4 oz. glass bottle (you can use plastic or make a larger batch), I fill the bottle almost full with regular, inexpensive apple cider vinegar (the expensive raw kind is not necessary for this). Then I add 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil, 4 drops of Sweet Orange Oil, 4 drops of Lavender Oil (all of these are 100% essential oils) and 2 drops (only two or it will be sticky) of glycerin. (Order glycerin at www.vitacost.com or www.mountainroseherbs.com or www.bulkherbstore.com. Glycerin is not essential, but as a hand sanitizer, it does keep your hands from drying out too much.) You don't have to use the really expensive brands of oils for this. I get less expensive ones for this type of application at www.vitacost.com or www.mountainroseherbs.com and save my really good Young Living for other things. Put the vinegar, the oils and the glycerin in the bottle and shake well. Then label and keep handy. It does not have to be refrigerated. Just shake before use and spray liberally. As a hand sanitizer, spray your hands and then rub together vigorously. As a repellant, spray liberally on exposed skin or other parts (avoiding eyes and delicate areas).
-After our company left, we rode our four wheelers out into our fields to inspect the grasses. When passing a pile of brush near the stream, a turkey flew past us. We knew that she must have been sitting on eggs, so we searched and quickly found a nest of eight eggs. We will keep an eye open for the poults but will not go as near in the future because we do not want her to abandon the nest.
-Things are going rather slowly on the farm because Jon and the boys are working in our business six days a week from early morning until dark. There is so much that needs to be done before Sonia and I can even begin our raised beds because we need the boys’ manpower to help us. Consequently, I am working at restraining my exuberance and cheering myself with the hope that we will soon be working together again more often to get more of our list accomplished.
-We did get a day this last week where all of us could go to the farm. In preparation for the garden area, we picked up more trash. Jedidiah then used our tractor to push blow downs and remains from timbering into a pile for burning. Afterwards we checked out our hayfield to see how much damage the cattle had done from their adventure into the field that had been closed to them but for which they found a way to enter. Of course they always go for the strawberries and cream so to speak—the grasses you most want in your hay. Thankfully, the damage was not significant enough to keep us from haying that field.
-We picked loads of ticks off the dogs and gave them another application of flea and tick preventative. Even though we had a colder winter this year, the ticks seem to be worse than ever. We are looking forward to the time when we can purchase plenty of chickens to help deplete the population of these creatures.
-At that miraculous, delightful time of day when the sun’s rays make everything look golden, we and the dogs headed for our field to watch our cows and horses graze. We sat on our four wheelers facing the lovely hills in the distance, while the dogs lay scattered around us. Several cows came over for a scratch. The calves played while some of the cows rubbed against one another. One of the horses rolled in the grass. Songbirds sang as the barn swallows swooped for insects above the tall grass. Then the whippoorwills and Chuck-will’s-widow came to serenade us as the moon brightened the darkened sky. It is amazing how wonderful it is to sit among your animals surrounded by tree covered hills. No other entertainment comes even close to this glorious occupation. Oh, yes, farm living is the life for me!
THE JOY OF COUNTRY LIVING
Knee Deep in June
Immersed in this inherently splendid month, I just cannot get enough of the days and nights of June. Beneath cerulean skies I sit deep in the heart of God’s country amidst stunning views of rolling hills blanketed with verdant foliage. Designed to inspire, this landscape pays tribute to our heavenly Creator who made all things to His glory. As dazzling sunbeams pour forth from the heavens in all directions, I wonder at the silent sun that always warms and brightens our days as it brings life to man, plant and beast. Soaking up the warmth from these sun-drenched days contributes in an eminent degree to the restoration of my bones after suffering greatly during the rainy days of spring.
I carefully examine the wonders of my surroundings that are brimming with life as the sights and smells soothingly renew both mind and body. With roses in full bloom, unfurling flowers, and green grasses swaying to and fro, my eyes gaze upon delightful discoveries in every direction. Buzzing from the bees that visit the wild flowers in our unmow’d field draws my attention to the colorful butterflies that gracefully flutter in the gentle breeze. Beyond, I watch our cows and horses grazing with their heads buried in lush knee-deep grass.
Soaring overhead, birds of different feathers abound in all directions as they catch insects in mid-flight. Delightfully happy to be free and satisfied with God’s abundant provision, they sing praises to their heavenly Creator. Amazingly, even though their songs are all different, they harmonize with one another regardless of cadence or pitch.
As it is finally warm enough for pattering around in our creek along the meadow, pollywogs and crayfish scatter for cover as I wade through the gentle rippling of the cool water. It too sings of a wise Creator who provides sanctuary for water creatures, while also soothing the parched throat of those who spend their days praising Him.
As the melodious songs of birds begin to fade, the cicadas take center stage to announce the coming of nightfall. And just as a mother sings lullabies to her child before tucking them in, the cicadas lull many creatures to sleep as God blankets the earth with nightfall. Then as if on cue, the nighthawks, the frogs, and the katydids take over, serenading well into the hours of darkness. Joining in, a pack of coyotes howl on the hills beyond while the whippoorwills, Chuck-will’s-widow, and owls echo in the distance.
From the intricate web of honeysuckle vines that cover fence, house, and hillside comes the delightful perfume that wafts upon the soft, light wind followed by the blinking twinkle of the fireflies’ glow. Oh, yes, I am knee deep in this exhilarating month as I relish the sweetness of life.
For a treat go to http://musicofnature.com/and listen to all of these wonderful sounds made by God’s magnificent creatures.
IN THE GARDEN
Composting Black Gold
Although soil quality is the most important aspect of any garden, even if you don’t possess rich ground, even poor soil can be improved to superior soil through the use of composting. As a matter of fact, anyone can create great soil by composting yard and kitchen scraps that would otherwise be squandered by disposing them in the trash bin.
Composting is a decomposition of organic materials that everyone already possesses. Therefore instead of wasting yard or kitchen scraps, I encourage everyone to place them together in a pile in the corner of the yard and let them work for you with very little effort on your part. Nothing is really quite so simple and yet produces such marvelous results.
Some people invest in costly closed containers or construct open bins, but we simply began placing shredded leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps right on top of an area in our backyard many years ago and let God’s laws of nature do their work. Our compost pile is approximately 20’x 4’x 5’.
Although turning the pile and keeping it moist speeds up the process, we rarely turn ours and never water it. Yet with so little effort it turns into what we call Black Gold because it is the most valuable element of our garden. There is always enough to work into our raised beds prior to sowing seeds or planting seedlings and for placing on top of the soil between multiple plantings.
The rich, sweet smelling compost provides the essential nutrients necessary for healthy plants that are slowly released over time, imparting a steady, consistent supply of nutrients. Compost also improves soil structure—oxygen levels, air exchange, drainage and water infiltration, textural and drainage properties. It incorporates more microscopic organisms into the soil, which in turn helps the plants assimilate nitrogen. It encourages worms, which also fertilize the soil while aerating it. This rich, well-balanced soil also improves the plants’ immunity to diseases.
FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
Fermenting – What’s the Buzz? by Renee Yeo with Ancient Paths
It seems that there is a lot of talk about fermenting these days. Just a few years ago I had never really thought about fermenting foods. It seemed this was something that was good for our grandparents, a way to preserve food before refrigeration, right?
Well, culturing foods (also known as fermenting) is making a comeback and for good reason! What our grandparents may have done for preservation was actually an amazing health benefit, and we would be remiss not to continue this very valuable tradition!
What is fermentation?
The definition of fermentation is “breaking down into simpler components.” This is a simple definition and doesn’t really give you the true definition of its vast benefits, but it’s a start. You see, fermentation makes the foods easier to digest and nutrients easier to assimilate. Basically, eating fermented foods allows the work of digestion to be done for you. Plus, since fermentation doesn’t use heat, you are also getting all the enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients that are usually destroyed by food processing.
In addition to the added nutrients and enzymes that fermented foods provide, there are certain foods that are not optimal to eat raw. Did you know that our cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts) can be harmful when eaten in large quantities in a raw state? This is because the cruciferous vegetables have a natural occurring substance called goitrogens that protect these vegetables while they grow. However, these goitrogens can be especially harmful to the thyroid function. One way to combat these goitrogens is to cook cruciferous vegetables; however, you lose the good vitamins and enzymes. So, in comes fermentation—a perfect way to not only safely eat these wonderful vegetables, but also get added vitamins when you do! Did you know that cabbage has vitamin U? This is only activated by fermenting cabbage – also known as sauerkraut.
No more Tums
Did you know that condiments (like ketchup, mustard and sauerkraut) used to be served before dinner to help digest the main meal? It was a well-known practice for a meal to have condiments to aid in digestion. Our condiments used to be fermented, and these foods would contain pro-biotics that are necessary for optimal digestive health. We would do well to include a fermented food at every meal just like our ancestors did.
Pro-biotics: The key to our health
As we learn more and more about the importance of our digestive health, it cannot be overstated that having a diet filled with natural pro-biotics is the key to optimal health. Eighty percent of our immune system is found in our gut. Therefore, if we learn to take care of our gut, we will find tremendous benefit to our overall health.
Eating a diet rich in cultured or fermented foods is one of the ways our family gets our daily dose of pro-biotics. Since pro-biotics are the “good guys” when it comes to bacteria, we need a lot more of those in our digestive system than the “bad guys,” which wreak havoc to our overall health.
For a good understanding of this, watch this video of Jordan Rubin explaining the important role of pro-biotics:
Make it fun
Making fermented foods can be fun! One of the advantages of homeschooling is that all of life becomes learning! Fermenting foods is no different, and our family has had a great time learning about this wonderful art! We’ve also enjoyed so many wonderful foods and beverages that are not only good for you, but also fun to make!
Here is a great recipe that you can try with your family:
Fermented Ginger Ale
¾ organic ginger
¼ cup organic lime juice
¼ cup organic lemon juice
2 tsp Real Salt or Celtic Salt
¼ cup sucanat
¼ cup *Beyond Organic Suero Viv Gold (liquid whey with Beta Casein A2)
2 quarts purified or spring water
Blend these ingredients well and leave 1 inch between your lid. Leave on counter for 3-5 days (if warm/humid, it will ferment faster). Watch for bubbles (this is good). Once it is fermented to your taste, place in refrigerator and enjoy!
Want some Fermenting Basics? Check out my daughter’s blog:
Here is a link to her Fermenting 101 recipe:
*For more information on how to purchase Beyond Organic products, email Renee Yeo
or call 847-602-2792.
DISMANTLING OF AMERICA
The Freedom Report: Official Newsletter of the Foundation for Moral Law www.morallaw.org
$8.5 Million Coming to Alabama
$8.5 million coming to Alabama, but not for promoting the welfare of our citizens. It is for “promoting lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual equality and push for protection from conservatives and religion.” This article was written in New Zealand and reprinted in the Gadsden Times in Etowah County, Alabama two months ago:
The HRC (Human Rights Campaign) have set up offices all across our state with paid staff to PRESSURE legislators, business leaders, city officials and even churches into abandoning the Bible:
So you think churches will fight or ignore this? This was recently in Birmingham, Alabama. Pastors, activists, and a poet call for LGBT rights at kick-off of Human Rights Campaign’s $8.5 million Southern effort:
Scripture states that homosexual behavior is an abomination to God. Such perversion of God’s plan for marriage (Gen. 2:24) mars the image of God (Gen. 1:27) and distorts the oneness God intended between a man and a woman and defies childbirth, thereby terminating the generations eventually. God will not create a person predestined to condemnation (Ps. 139; John 3:16).
New Testament, New King James: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which may be known of God is manifest in them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:18-25
Below is a list of the articles that have come out since the HRC have been here spending their $8.5 million:
Then I think this article sums everything up:
Bill Potter shares from www.LewRockwell.comanti-state, anti-war, pro-market:
Pearl Harbor Historiography: A Lesson in Academic Housecleaning by Gary North
Robert Stinnett closes his excellent summary article on Pearl Harbor historiography with these words: “Though the Freedom of Information Act freed the foreknowledge documents from the secretive vaults to the sunlight of the National Archives in 1995, a cottage industry continues to cover up America’s foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor.” Cottage industry, indeed! This cottage industry is the entire professional guild of salaried historians.
Pearl Harbor’s Establishment historiography remains as secure in its tenured cocoon as it was when I began college in 1959. American history textbooks are as free from the truth about Roosevelt’s deliberate provocation of Japan, and his advance knowledge of Pearl Harbor, as they were in 1943. Mr. Stinnett does not have a Ph.D., nor is he employed as a history instructor. He was therefore in a position to tell the truth. This was equally true of journalist George Morgenstern, whose 1947 book on Pearl Harbor was the first to put the story together in one detailed volume. The historical guild paid no attention to Morgenstern. We shall see if it pays attention to Stinnett. I strongly doubt that the reception will be either favorable or widespread.
A week ago, I sent a letter to a group of my subscribers. It provided background on the issues raised by Mr. Stinnett. I made this point, in the context of how intellectual guilds operate. They adopt a three-phase position on a controversial new idea.
The story isn’t true.
The story is true, but so what?
We always knew it was true.
I then illustrated this with the historiography of Pearl Harbor. Here is what I wrote.
Consider the conservatives’ account of Roosevelt’s advance warning of the Japanese attack in late 1941. When George Morgenstern wrote Pearl Harbor: The Story of a Secret War, only right-wing Devin-Adair would publish it (1947). The book was ridiculed by academic historians as being a pack of unsubstantiated opinions written by a mere journalist — and a Chicago Tribune journalist at that. When the premier liberal historian, Charles A. Beard, said much the same thing the next year in President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War (Yale University Press), he was dismissed by his colleagues as senile, and he permanently lost his reputation. When the premier American diplomatic historian, Charles C. Tansill, said it again in 1952 in his Back Door to War (Regnery), he, too, was shoved down the liberals’ memory hole.
Today, the revisionist account of Pearl Harbor is more widely accepted and is gaining ground fast. Another journalist, Robert B. Stinnett, recently found the “smoking gun” — an 8-page 1940 memo by a lieutenant commander in the navy on how to get Japan to attack us, a memo that Roosevelt adopted, point by point. His book is titled, Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor (Free Press, 1999). Stinnett served under a young George Bush during World War II. His book is the capstone to his career.
The liberals are now moving to stage 2: “The story is true, but so what?” Stinnett’s book argues that Roosevelt basically did the right thing in luring the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor. This attack overcame America’s anti-interventionists, who had 88% of the people behind them in 1940. Pearl Harbor got us into the War in Europe.
It didn’t, of course. Hitler’s suicidal declaration of war on the United States on the following Thursday is what got us into the European war.
It will be a long time before liberal historians get to stage 3: “We always knew it was true.” They will not admit how they smeared the reputations of first-rate historians who told the truth early, and then for the next fifty years used their power over graduate schools and professional academic journals to screen out the truth. The issue was power, and liberals respect it and use it.
What happened to Beard sent a warning to any aspiring young grad student who might have been tempted to follow in Beard’s revisionist path. Beard was at the end of a long and distinguished career. He was the only scholar ever to be elected as president of both the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association. But his academic achievements gained him no mercy when he broke ranks on Pearl Harbor. James J. Martin, the premier revisionist historian after Harry Elmer Barnes died in 1968, in 1981 provided an account of what happened.
Beard not only infuriated the influential supporters of Roosevelt by his insistence that the continuous deception by the President in making his steady moves toward war while endlessly talking about his peacefulness (few were allowed to forget his pre-election promise in 1940 never to send Americans off to a war outside U.S. borders) was in essentials, as Leighton described it, “completely to undermine constitutional government and set the stage for a Caesar” (Beard’s famed peroration on pp. 582-584 of his Epilogue to President Roosevelt is required reading in this context.) He had opened up another sore while writing his book with a famed article in the Saturday Evening Post for October 4, 1947, “Who’s to Write the History of the War?,” in which he revealed that the Rockefeller Foundation, working with its alter ego, the Council on Foreign Relations, had provided $139,000 for the latter to spend in underwriting an official-line history of how the war had come about, in an effort to defeat at the start the same kind of “debunking” historical campaign which had immediately followed the end of World War I. Beard complained of inaccessibility of various documents, which he was sure would be fully available to anyone doing an Establishment version of the wartime past, convinced that these would be sat on as ‘classified’ for a generation or more. . . .
So it was understandable that the following February, two months before the publication of President Roosevelt, when the National Institute of Arts and Letters awarded Beard their gold medal for the best historical work published in the preceding decade, that his erstwhile liberal admirers would reach the end of their tolerance. The highlight of their protest was the resignation in rage from the Institute by one of its most influential members, Lewis Mumford, accompanied by abuse of Beard so extreme that it led to a memorable chiding to Mumford from Harry Elmer Barnes in a 11/2 column letter to the editors of the Chicago Tribune, published 11 February 1948. But the attack on Beard had barely begun.
With the publication of President Roosevelt two months later, in April, the denunciation of Beard became a veritable industry, and the most eminent of the Roosevelt academic defenders were recruited to contribute to the character assassination. Probably the most outrageous was that of Harvard’s Samuel Eliot Morison, Roosevelt’s handpicked choice to write a history of American naval operations in World War II, and even elevated to the rank of Admiral in recognition of his labors. But the outline of the total campaign aimed at Beard is substantial, extensively documented in the later editions of Barnes’s booklet The Struggle Against the Historical Blackout (especially 6th thru. 9th).
Beard died in 1949. His book on Roosevelt was allowed — a mild word, given the circumstances — to go out of print almost immediately, and it was never reprinted. Maybe the Web will resurrect it. I hope so.
The final product of the Council on Foreign Relations’ investment of $139,000 in 1946 — a lot of money in 1946 — was the standard Establishment history of the coming of the war, written by William L. Langer and S. Everett Gleason, The Challenge to Isolation: The World Crisis of 1937-1940 and American Foreign Policy (1952). It was still the standard account two decades later. Its perspective remains dominant on campus today. Langer was a professor of history at Harvard. So was Gleason — medieval history — until he moved to Washington after Pearl Harbor, to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA. He later became the official historian of the State Department. Establishment enough for you? (The other standard book was Herbert Feis’s Road to Pearl Harbor . He had served as the State Department’s Advisor for International Economic Affairs.) Yes, the victors always write the history books, but when the historians are actually policy-setting participants in the war, the words “court history” take on new meaning.
I read Admiral Kimmel’s Story (Regnery, 1955) in 1958. That same year, I read anti-Roosevelt journalist John T. Flynn’s The Roosevelt Myth (Devin-Adair, 1948). At age 16, I became a World War II revisionist.
In 1963, I had a conversation with Thomas Thalken, who later became the librarian of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. We were then both employed by a short-lived think tank, the Center for American Studies. He was its librarian. I was a summer intern, fresh out of college. He had earned a master’s degree in history under Tansill a decade earlier. He told me that Tansill had advised him not to earn a Ph.D. in history. Tansill had said that anyone who taught the truth about America’s entry into World War II would see his career end before it even began. Thalken took his advice.
This is why there are no tenured World War II revisionists who write in this still-taboo and well-policed field. The guild screened them out, beginning in the early 1950s. Beard and Tansill by 1960 were remembered only for their non-WWII revisionist writings.
Barnes was forgotten. Martin — in my view, the most accomplished American revisionist historian — never became known on campus. Anthony Kubek spent his career on the academic fringes. What the guild did to Barnes, Beard, and Tansill at the end of their careers, and to Martin at the beginning of his, posted a warning sign: Dead End.
I went on to earn a Ph.D. in American history, but I never did teach in my field. Neither did Bruce Bartlett, who wrote The Pearl Harbor Cover-Up (Arlington House, 1978). (Our paths crossed briefly in 1976: we were both on Congressman Ron Paul’s Washington staff.) Bartlett did not earn a Ph.D. Instead, as a supply-sider on Jack Kemp’s Congressional staff, he wrote his way into economic policy-making.
This is typical of the handful of WWII revisionists in the post-Tansill era. Most of them never made it onto a campus, and of the few who did, they did not teach WWII revisionism. The WWII revisionist books of 1947-55 were out of print by 1960. They remain out of print.
In 1966, an aged Barnes wrote a brief introduction to an article that appeared in a small-circulation journal published by libertarian pioneer Robert Lefevre, Rampart Journal. At the end of his introduction, Barnes wrote: “We should be able to look forward to something more honest and dependable in the quarter of a century between now and the fiftieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor.” Nice dream; no fulfillment. World War II revisionism remains a fringe movement of non-certified, non-subsidized historians.
In 1958, the only book critical of Franklin Roosevelt’s domestic policies and his foreign policies was Flynn’s book. In 1958, it was out of print. In the Year of Our Lord, 2000, it remains the only book critical of Roosevelt’s domestic and foreign policies.
We haven’t come a long way, baby.
Things are beginning to change for the better. The Web has begun to chip away at every academic guild’s monopoly. What is taught in college classrooms no longer has the same authority that it possessed in 1960. But until the subsidizing of higher education by the state ends, and until the state-licensed accreditation oligopoly ends or is overcome by new, “price-competitive technologies,” it will remain an uphill battle for Pearl Harbor revisionists in academia.
Gary North is the author of Mises on Money. Visit http://www.garynorth.com. He is also the author of a free 31-volume series, An Economic Commentary on the Bible.
SALT AND LIGHT
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