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I am sure that this is one of those posts that will draw some interesting comments. I will say up front that you can respectfully disagree with me. If you don’t think like I do and want to comment, that is fine. I will say, though, that my kids read my blog and if comments are not appropriate for their eyes, they will not be published.

Now, on to the post: Yesterday I came across a video and blog about Deborah Drapper. She is a lovely 13-year-old British girl who has a passion for Christ and evangelizing the lost. Her blog is at http://deborahdrapper.com/ , and I will post the first video clip of a documentary about her at the end of this post.  This young lady is remarkable.  She boldly witnesses for Christ and lives for Him every day. She shows great maturity on her blog, and is not discouraged by the horrible comments she receives.  She openly speaks of recognizing sin in our lives by comparing ourselves to the Ten Commandments.  She then uses that tool to emphasize our need for salvation provided by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

She is one of several children in her home.  They are all homeschooled. Their father emphasizes a knowledge of the Bible throughout their lives, and the kids listen to Scripture as they fall asleep at night.  Here is what really upset me about watching all 6 parts of the documentary about Deborah:  she and her family are not that far off from our own family.  In fact, is what I have described about this family that far off from many, many Christian families?  Why, then, did this documentary portray them as some kind of freak show?  

I’ll tell you, I was really, really upset about the comments that were left on You Tube about this family.  They were accused of being abusive and controlling. People commented how they would love to see these children rebel and live a homosexual lifestyle just to spite their parents.  The comments were vile, profane, and disgusting.  And, like I said the whole documentary made it seem that this family is freakish for believing the Bible.

The whole premise of the documentary was that if this 13-year-old girl could be exposed to the “real world” (i.e. lewd behavior), she would “see the light” and become “normal.”  She, however, stood her ground with dignity.  She used the drunken brawls as opportunities for witnessing.  At the end of the documentary, she cries as she considers the depth of the forgiveness of Christ in her own life.

This world is so upside-down.  What is wrong with this family seeking to live a solid, Christian life?  What is wrong with them reading the Bible?  Is it wrong that this girl is not familiar with the pop stars and does not care to dress or look like them?  Is that really that abusive?  My kids don’t know who those people are either.  They don’t care about the latest fashions or political correctness. They, like this girl, are concerned about pleasing and serving Christ who gave all He had for their salvation.  Why is that wrong in today’s world?

It brings a Scripture to my mind:

      Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; 
      Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; 
      Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 
      Woe to 
those who are wise in their own eyes, 
      And prudent in their own sight!   Isaiah 5:20-21

So, I am again reminded that we are “counter-culture revolutionaries” because we hold to the eternal, unchanging Truths of Scripture.  If I had a chance to meet Miss Drapper in person, I would gladly shake her hand and tell her how proud I am of her–proud that she is standing for Truth.  I pray that God will grant her the strength to stand under the horrible pressure that the world is placing on her, and that, having done all, she will continue to stand.

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I love this song.  It talks about focusing all phases of life on Jesus. The video footage shows a lot of water, which makes me think of Jesus being my Living Water. Truly with Him, I never thirst. (John 4:13-14; John 7:37-39)

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This morning I was grading some of Cosette’s papers.  For one of her second-grade assignments yesterday, she was supposed to write three sentences about her best friend.  I expected her to write about one of her siblings or about her friend Kate, but if you look at the picture for this entry, you can see what she wrote.  It really made my day!

Yes, if I had not been grading those homeschool papers today, I would have missed a real blessing!

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I have been very concerned lately that our nation may soon sign onto The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This intrusive legislation would put the authority of the state above the authority of the parents within their own homes.  Not only does it undermine the home, it undermines the sovereignty of the United States of America, putting us and our laws under the authority of an organization that usually does not have our best interest at heart.  

Do I believe that children have rights?  Sure, I do.  I also believe that parents have the right to raise their children without interference from the state.  Of course, I don’t practice or accept abusive behavior, but parents do have the obligation to raise their children to be respectable, moral people.

I am certainly not an expert on this issue, but I have read from those who are. http://www.parentalrights.org is a great source for information on this topic.

Anyway, Congressman Pete Hoekstra from the second congressional district of Michigan is introducing a Parents’ Rights Constitutional Amendment and just today, there are the needed 56 representatives to co-sponsor the bill. They are planning to formally introduce the bill to the House of Representatives on March 31.  There is a list of the co-sponsors at this link.  I was happy to see that our own representative is on the list, and I have personally sent him a thank you email.

Here is a draft of the proposed constitutional amendment:

DRAFT PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
FOR THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

SECTION 1
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.

SECTION 2
Neither the United States nor any state shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

SECTION 3
No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.

I am thankful that these representatives are working on this.  It is refreshing to know that there are still some positive things going on.  It is unfortunate that such an amendment is even needed, but in today’s world it is.  

Children grow best in loving homes where parents raise them with clear values. We do not need the government to regulate our homes.

Here is a video of Representative Hoekstra talking about Parental Rights:

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This week John had an interesting assignment to write in his journal for his 6th Grade A Beka Academy DVD Program 1 class. He was supposed to write about what qualities he would like to instill in his life with God’s help and to describe what kind of person he would like to be. Here is what he wrote:

When I am grown, I hope that I will please God.  One characteristic that I want is honesty, without political correctness.  I also want to be diligent in my work.  I do not know what gifts I will have, but I have a few skills right now.  One is that I can understand math and science.  God has also given me the ability to play the piano.  I do not know what occupation I will have when I am grown, but it may be related to chemistry or math.  God can help me decide when I am old enough.

He had another interesting entry on the same page that was supposed to be a definition poem.  He wrote about loneliness:

Loneliness is a cold, wet rag.

It is the sister of an empty room.

It has a smell like an old, dusty closet.

The noise of loneliness is rain on a tent.

Its taste is like olives.

Loneliness feels like a steady blow of cold wind.

Pretty accurate description, don’t you think?


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Amazing Grace

My mother-in-law sent me this song. This song never ceases to stir my heart with gratitude to my dear Savior Jesus Christ who saved me–the wretch.

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