Saturday, September 23, 2017

Why That Picture?

Okay as many of you know that know me personally knows that I have a few pet peeves.  I mean I have some serious one too. But in all the ones that I have there are some that are really serious ones that I shouldn't even ever need to bring about to a conversation. It's common sense people. 

PICTURES and the INTERNET.

Okay so I am not perfect. I probably have posted a picture of someone that they didn't want posted on social media. I am sure we are all guilty of that. But this is not what my issue is.  My issue revolves around our children's pictures on social media. I often have to ask WHY???

So maybe your not following me.

Nudity pictures or half nude pictures of our children.  Cute little baby pictures that are innocent to us. You know the ones i'm talking about. The ones with just their bums showing. Or the ones in the bath tubs with a cloth covering them in the private areas.  Or how about that picture of your daughter in a bikini at the beach? Not yet a teen, or pre-teen, and even a baby. It's not all girls either. Parents take cute little pictures of their sons also.

The reason I am addressing this is because 

IT"S NOT CUTE!!  

There are people in this Country, in this World that pay major dollars to get their hands on pictures like that and then sell it as porn to pedophiles. It is a major industry. That cute little bum picture you had done of your sweet baby standing at a table looking back, could now be a highly sexualized picture for someone in another country. It could get sold hundreds of times. Same as those beach pictures that you think is just awesome of your kiddos.  Innocent, nothing wrong in your eyes pictures. With someone elses eyes it's a different view.

I recently watched a show that focused on this very thing. A father had taken a beach picture of his daughter in her bathing suit and he shared it to his family and friends on social media in with several beach photos of their trip. In his local town a case came up against a guy that his computer had been confiscated. A case against a local pornographer that got busted with several thousands of pictures of children, his daughters picture was in the mix. Someone involved with bringing this scum down recognized his daughter. They had to question him as a suspect because of the picture and he had to prove his innocents. Someone in Russia had his daughters picture, where it was being sold as kiddie porn.  She was under thirteen. It was just a pretty beach picture nothing sexual about it.

People like pornographers have no care for how old the children are, or who they belong to. If they can get their hands on a innocent picture it means big bucks for them.  Then I often wonder if these people, that buy these photos tryand find said child. It's been known to happen, child abduction. 

Like I said before, it is one of my pet peeves. I am not perfect, I have had a few things slip through myself, But I am getting self conscious more about.  When my daughter was growing up that is one of the things I profusely made sure she didn't post was bathing suit pictures.  Or I asked people that took pictures of her swimming not to post them. With my son, I didn't think about it as much,,but since watching that show it has really got me to thinking. Even little boy pictures from infant on into the teens can be stolen and sold for porn. I have changed the way that I portray my sons pictures now.

So before you post that next picture on social media, please think about where that picture could end up at and who could be looking at your child.  Think about that child that is made to stand and have these kinds of pictures taken. I am talking about just in the name of porn. For those that feel as though children are sex objects. I choose to stand and fight against the porn industry. Lets not give them anything to look at or fantasize about with our children.  Think before you post!!!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Canning Season has arrived!

Don't know about your family , but in my family we can up food to help sustain us through out the winter. With prices of food and with the way things are going in our world, it's not a bad thing to know how to do. So if you don't know how to, it would be a good thing to learn. 

Just this year so far we have canned 

green beans,




spaghetti sauce,

apple butter,

and vegetable soup.
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It may take a lot of work growing the garden, and buying the supplies, and putting it all together. But it is worth it in the end. They'll be no hungry bellies when winter hits.  With the sauce alone there is so many dishes you can make. Same goes for the beans. They go well with lots of things.  I am thankful for the people that took time to teach me how to can my food.  God always supplies our needs no matter what. This is one blessing that I am glad he supplied.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Surprise Birthday Party

Family is important to me. Family means everything to me, and I want it in my children's lives.  There is no better feeling than knowing that you have a family that is always there for you.  

This past weekend my mother in law had a birthday. She turned 73 years young.  the only thing she asked for was to have her kids around her and to have a fish dinner.  Well her daughter went one step farther than that. She planned a surprise birthday party for her mom. She invited the siblings and their children to come.  With this hurricane that was in FL we have a niece that lives there. She came up and was to be a surprise for her Nanny since we don't get to see her much. 

My husband and I picked up one of his younger brothers and his mom to. We were to bring her to the party without Nanny knowing what we was doing. She still thought we was going out to eat at a restaurant.  My husband and I took his mom shopping for a new outfit for her birthday. She loves having something new to wear to church.  Then we went on down to his sisters house where everyone else was waiting.  The surprise people hadn't gotten there yet. So she got to see them pull up.  

We had such a great time. All the family was there except for 4 grand kids and their children.
We still had 4 grand kids and 3 great grands kids present, along with her 4 children. Everyone got along and had a great time.
Nanny did get her fish dinner. We grilled Flounder and Salmon, along with hotdogs and hamburgers for the kids and all the fixings.

With cake to follow, and confetti.

My mother in law has had a hard life over the past 20 years. She has lost 3 children. A family of 7 kids are now a family of 4.  So any time we can get them together for her it means a lot. Three brothers and one sister remain. This is why I say family is important. You never know what will occur. Always seek out to spend the most time with your family.  Life is short.

Exodus 20:12 - Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

If there is one thing I know, I know that these kids have always honored their mother. She raised them the best that she could and they all have in return took care of her. 

We pray many more years for my mother in law to come.  What a blessing it is to say that you have lived over 70 years, and to know that your children stand with you.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

School has Officially STARTED!!!

Well it's that time of year again. SCHOOL TIME!!!  As most know we homeschool in our family. It's just what works and fits for us. I love so doing it and watching my son grow in knowledge. It is amazing what you see when you are one on one with a child in learning.  


This year I am using a eclectic source of books to teach from. I didn't stick to one company alone this time around. When my daughter was homeschooled I tried top stay with Bob Jones curriculum. Most of the time it worked out but I remember a few years that we went with whatever came my way. So with our son, I just chose the things that made since to me. Here is a picture of our school basket. This is where you will find all of his school material as far as books go. 


 As you can see there is a few different publisher here.  This year I have First Language Lessons, Horizons Math, and Abeka for Science and History. We have never tried Horizons for Math before.  So far he likes it.  Teaching second grade is new for us too. But I know that we can make it work.  


English is going to be awesome. My son is really picking it up too. He learns so fast. 

Pray for us as we go this year. We will need all we can get.

We even got in some gaming
time. We loved playing Kerplunk. May your school year be wonderful is my prayer to all you homeschoolers out there.
Playing the game Kerplunk



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Howdy YA'LL!!! It's been a while

Howdy. I'm back for the moment. HA!!  Its been a long and hard summer. Been super busy and had lots going on in the family. 

So to begin with, I have finally found a Doctor that is wanting to help me get better and not just put a band-aid on the problem. I have been struggling now for almost a year with some health issues. Finally I have a few answers and getting better. I also have a very great friend that is being supportive for me though all my sickness. So glad that I have her.
Lots of prayer from family and friends, anointing healing from God above and someone willing to listen.

Also this summer has been a sad one.  I lost a cousin in my family and my husband lost a dear friend in his. It always seems as though deaths always come around time to start canning for the winter.  At least it does for me.

My husband is still preaching and going where ever the Lord leads him to go. He has now preached twice on the radio for our churches broadcast.  We pray that it touches someone and they come to know who Christ is though our ministry.  We always just want to be a help to someone. When nothing else will stand God will always stand for you.  We rely on him fully in our family.

This summer I also had a house guest for three weeks. a very dear friend of mine was in a sort of separation period from her husband and I offered to let her stay until she could get a place. All is well now between them. I am just thankful she moved back around her people and friends so that if anything ever occurs again we are close enough to lend a helping hand.

I have made some new friends this summer. I am thankful for that. God always sends you what you need on time. 

That is all for now. School will begin for my little guy on the 5th of November. So pray for us on that journey. I just know it is going to be a great year. My son is so smart already for a seven year old. he knows lots about science and math already. It kinda blows my mind. 

I desire your prayers if you get a moment to pray. Thank you for being a faithful reader. Blessing to you and yours.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What the Bible says:: Issue 12 Let's talk Satan!

As I said the other day in my blog I have lots of bible studies that I want to write about but only when the Lord gives me the okay on it. So over the past few weeks or even a month I have went over and over this passage that I came across in my study bible. 

It says: 

WHAT IS HE NOT
Satan is not a evil principle, an error of the mortal mind, a disease germ, an abstract power, or a being with hooves, horns, tail, and Persian shoes, holding a pitchfork and presiding over a lake of fire and the realm of the dead.

Wow, that's a mouth full. But nine times out of ten what does people teach that the devil does look like?  Just the other day my son drew a dragon with horns, and a pitchfork and told me it was the devil, but not the real devil mom, just a devil dragon.  If I hadn't been in church service I would have probably inquired further as to what he really thinks Satan is and what he looks like.

Let's look at what Satan is.

Satan is a real person. 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

Zechariah 3:1-2 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

He stood against Israel, and he is standing before the Lord. Satan loves to stir trouble, he loves to be against all that the Lord stands for. 

Christ taught that Satan was real. Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Revelation 12 : 7-12, 13 : 1-4, 20 : 1-10

Christ saw him descend from heaven. Christ dealt with him as a person. Christ had personal conversations with him. Mathew 4:1-10 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

There are personal descriptions made of him in the bible. Ezekiel 28:11-17 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

He was a anointed Cherub. It says he was perfect until the iniquity, and violence caused him to sin. God cast him to the ground. God doesn't  describe him as a man with hooves, or a pitchfork, or horns.  It says he was beautiful. The definition of Cherub is a winged angelic being. But Christ saw him as a man.

Parents, please don't teach your children that the devil/Satan is a hooved being that is red and has horns with a pitchfork and spiked tail.  Tell them that Satan is a man. Tell them that he can come in all sorts of forms but the character that humans has portrayed him as is not right.Tell them not to be looking for a red being that looks like a bull. Even my son's drawing as a dragon could be real, because in Revelation 12, 13, and 20 tells of him as a dragon.

Satan is as real as you and I. Make sure you are saved today. It could be your last chance. We are not promised tomorrow. We are not promised our next breath. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memories

You know our memories go with us everywhere we go. Some may make us happy. Some make us sad. Then there are those that make us thankful, or make us laugh.  Just this week I have been going through some memories in my life time. Just posting a picture of me when I was very young maybe 2-3yrs old probably more close to 3yrs, brought back lots to mind. With those memories came a flood of other memories. 

Just like Monday night I asked my brother if he wanted some of them cheeses. Yes I said cheeses. My mamaw, my dad's mother loves eating cheese. Every night before bed she would have her a snack of cheese.  She would come and ask everyone in the room if anyone wanted a bite of them cheeses. Makes me giggle just thinking about that.  

Then there is the memory of bologna sandwiches. My cousins and I have discussed this several times reminiscing the past. How come a plain old bologna and cheese sandwich always tastes so much better at a relatives house? I can go for months on end and not even touch a bologna sandwich and sure enough when I would go to my Aunts house she would offer a simple bologna sandwich for lunch. Man it was like I couldn't get enough of them.  They tasted so much better there then at my house when I make them. 

Memories of building a pond with my paw Andy (my mom's dad) in the creek so we could have a place to swim. We shoveled and built up rocks in that little creek until we finally dammed it up enough to wade in at least. Hey we just wanted to cool of and have fun. A little work paid off.

What about every time I smell a cigar? It floods my brain with memories of my uncle smoking cigars and me riding in his little pick-up truck back down the mountain to spend a week or two at his house with my cousins and my Paw Andy. 

I have so many memories that have just came back this week. Some of them heartbreaking, most of them good. But no matter what may happen in our families, I know that I still have my memories. The good, bad and the ugly. Getting switched at 12am for talking and not including one cousin in the conversation, (she went and told on us) and having to stand in the corner until 2:30am is one of the ugly. HAHAA.  I can laugh now, but man was we mad at her the next day. She didn't even feel the switch, she wrapped herself in a sheet. Yes she got switched too because she tattled, just how it was then. 

Maybe one day I will get a chance and sit and write down all my memories for my children. I wish I had done that when my grandparents had told me stories of their memories. I still have them stored but have yet to put them to paper along with mine.

Most of my memories are comforting. I guess walking down memory lane this week brought on the flood that I am now experiencing. 

Blessing to you and yours!