Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I have one of my copies of "Created To Be His Helpmeet" out because I'm going to let a friend borrow it (the other copy is currently being borrowed by someone else - it's a VERY popular book).
I flicked through the book and saw this bit that I didn't remember but it was a timely reminder:
"God is not looking for happy women to make them into help meets for good men. He is looking for women willing to be true help meets to the men whom they married, so He can fill them full of joy."
"Ask God to help you know and appreciate your man. Pray that God will give you the wisdom and grace to share your man's dreams so it will always be you that he dreams about."
Monday, December 12, 2011
I've never been a particularly "cat" person, but our new kitten Charlie is so beautiful and wonderful.
Our oldest said "I know why you like him Mum".
Keen to hear his thoughts I said "Why is that?"
"Because he looks knitted - all home made and home spun."
And it helps that Charlie is a little darlin'.
Daddy made this beautiful recycled Rimu posting box for our littlest one. He loves it!
He likes to slide the lid on and off, he likes to post EVERYTHING through the biggest hole, or if he's feeling up to the challenge he will post the items through the most appropriate hole!
We regularly go around the house and find new things for him to post through the holes so the game has new challenges.
It's a wonderful toy that we cherish and will take care of so our grandchildren can play with it in years to come.
Let us know if you'd like a box like this, so you can collect beautiful things to post through the holes. :o)
Friday, December 9, 2011
When we first started looking at the whole Christmas thing we went back to
the very beginning and found that actually it STARTED out being pagan, so
not surprising that it's been taken back by the pagans!
What we have found out is that some pagans had some sort of terrible festival
on the 25th of December, so the Catholic church came along and more or less
said "let's claim this date for our own, and tidy it up a bit, and pretend
it's a Christian thing."
Then they said "We know! Let's say that the 25th of December is the day we
celebrate Jesus' birth!"
If they had said "Let's call the 25th of December JACOB DAY or ISSAC MASS or JOHN THE BAPTIST DAY" (or something else) then people MAY have said "God has not said we should
celebrate this day - why are you creating this day?"
We don't know what real Bible-believing, God seeking Christians said back in those days, but the 25th of December turned out to be a real success (especially
amongst those SELLING things!!!!) and was taken up by most people.
Even to the extent that they ignored this warning from God:
"For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
Jeremiah 10:3 and 4
When we read this we looked at each other in surprise and wondered HOW we
could have missed it before!
I think the whole "The Real Reason For the Season" and "Let's give Christmas
back to Jesus" sort of thing is a smoke-screen really - it makes people feel
cross with The World for making Christmas so commercial and frenzied and
Santa orientated, and people don't see that the whole 25th of December
started out pagan, and then was created/changed by the Catholics who are a
very dangerous cult (we have just finished reading a historical fiction about John Wycliffe who was a man brave enough to teach God's pure, undefiled word in the face of persecution from the very powerful Roman Catholic church).
There are actually many reasons we were happy to stop being involved in
Christmas - one was the stress of presents, another was the children getting
too many things at once and having an appetite for more and more ... the
biggest one for me was because I was so excited by the lead-up to Christmas,
always have been ... and then on Christmas afternoon I feel very low, like
it's all over for another year and what's the point of even going on.
Well, not quite that depressed, but because I'd been so excited then I would
tend to fall rather flat and find it very hard to get going again.
We haven't had any celebration on the 25th of December for several years now.
This year we have made a count-down calendar marking off the days until
Daddy's holiday starts. He is home for three weeks (and has a list of jobs
to do which is about six weeks long!!!!).
We really feel that God does not want our family to celebrate Christmas, so
that is the bottom line. We ask God for His direction, His guidance and His
wisdom which is going to be FAR superior to our own wisdom! And we want to
obey his direction and live in the peace of his guidance.
Posted by The Mummalady at 11:37 AM
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Out for a drive in the country, we saw this fellow walking along the side of the road.
What a treat to see one actually walking! The children were amazed at the length of his legs.
We have a game called "Hedgehog" that your family might like to play.
First you make up a story with gaps in it.
i.e., "Mr Popple looked out of his ..... and saw that the next door .... was leaning heavily over the fence and threatening to drop on his shiny new ...."
Then you make a whole lot of cards with words (adjectives and nouns) on them such as "soggy toast" "rotten egg" "beautiful rose" "squeeky wheel" etc. Make sure you have a lot of cards that say "hedgehog". That's why the game is called Hedgehog.
To play: Hand out the word cards. Mummy or Daddy reads out the story, and when you come to a gap in the story have one of the players read out their first card. When you get to the next gap, the next player reads the words from their first card etc
i.e., "Mr Popple looked out of his squashed banana and saw that the next door feather duster was leaning heavily over the fence and threatening to drop on his shiny new hedgehog."
The same cards can be used with many different stories. Made by you, or borrowed from elsewhere.
If we have enough requests we might package this game up and sell it! But in the meantime we just enjoy playing it ourselves. The children are always asking for another story to use with the cards.
Posted by The Mummalady at 2:35 PM