Why We No Longer Celebrate Reformation Day

Reformation Day is just around the corner. Up until about a year ago, I thought it was a meaningful celebration which added value to our home. I did not use Reformation Day to replace Halloween (they both occur on October 31st), but I did think this was a nice day to learn about the Protestant Reformation. We watched documentaries about Martin Luther, played “Pin the Theses on the Door” and made “Mighty Fortresses” out of legos.

Again, I thought all of this was good, and meaningful, and important. At the time, I realized that Martin Luther was sometimes rough around the edges, but I had absolutely no idea about the book, On the Jews and Their Lies, which he had written.

For several years, my family had attended reformed Baptist churches. I had learned much about Martin Luther, but I hadn’t heard about his largely banned and hidden book, written shortly before his death. During a time of really seeking the Lord and wanting to know the absolute truth about who He is, I discovered this book.

Luther begins his book by saying, “I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Jews who warned the Christians to be on their guard against them. I would not have believed that a Christian could be duped by the Jews into taking their exile and wretchedness upon himself. However, the devil is the god of the world, and wherever God’s word is absent he has an easy task, not only with the weak but also with the strong. May God help us. Amen.

Also from On the Jews and Their Lies:

What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? Since they live among us, we dare not tolerate their conduct, now that we are aware of their lying and reviling and blaspheming. If we do, we become sharers in their lies, cursing and blasphemy. Thus we cannot extinguish the unquenchable fire of divine wrath, of which the prophets speak, nor can we convert the Jews. With prayer and the fear of God we must practice a sharp mercy to see whether we might save at least a few from the glowing flames. We dare not avenge ourselves. Vengeance a thousand times worse than we could wish them already has them by the throat. I shall give you my sincere advice:

First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians. For whatever we tolerated in the past unknowingly ­and I myself was unaware of it ­will be pardoned by God. But if we, now that we are informed, were to protect and shield such a house for the Jews, existing right before our very nose, in which they lie about, blaspheme, curse, vilify, and defame Christ and us (as was heard above), it would be the same as if we were doing all this and even worse ourselves, as we very well know.

Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies. This will bring home to them that they are not masters in our country, as they boast, but that they are living in exile and in captivity, as they incessantly wail and lament about us before God.

Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.

Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. For they have justly forfeited the right to such an office by holding the poor Jews captive with the saying of Moses (Deuteronomy 17 [:10 ff.]) in which he commands them to obey their teachers on penalty of death, although Moses clearly adds: “what they teach you in accord with the law of the Lord.” Those villains ignore that. They wantonly employ the poor people’s obedience contrary to the law of the Lord and infuse them with this poison, cursing, and blasphemy. In the same way the pope also held us captive with the declaration in Matthew 16 {:18], “You are Peter,” etc, inducing us to believe all the lies and deceptions that issued from his devilish mind. He did not teach in accord with the word of God, and therefore he forfeited the right to teach.

Fifth, I advise that safe ­conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside, since they are not lords, officials, tradesmen, or the like. Let they stay at home.

Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping. The reason for such a measure is that, as said above, they have no other means of earning a livelihood than usury, and by it they have stolen and robbed from us all they possess. Such money should now be used in no other way than the following: Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed one hundred, two hundred, or three hundred florins, as personal circumstances may suggest. With this he could set himself up in some occupation for the support of his poor wife and children, and the maintenance of the old or feeble. For such evil gains are cursed if they are not put to use with God’s blessing in a good and worthy cause.

Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow, as was imposed on the children of Adam (Gen 3[:19]}. For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting, and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants.

I wish and I ask that our rulers who have Jewish subjects exercise a sharp mercy toward these wretched people, as suggested above, to see whether this might not help (though it is doubtful). They must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in, proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did in the wilderness, slaying three thousand lest the whole people perish. They surely do not know what they are doing; moreover, as people possessed, they do not wish to know it, hear it, or learn it. There it would be wrong to be merciful and confirm them in their conduct. If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs, so that we do not become partakers of their abominable blasphemy and all their other vices and thus merit God’s wrath and be damned with them. I have done my duty. Now let everyone see to his. I am exonerated.

Did I not tell you earlier that a Jew is such a noble, precious jewel that God and all the angels dance when he farts?

…but then eject them forever from this country. For, as we have heard, God’s anger with them is so intense that gentle mercy will only tend to make them worse and worse, while sharp mercy will reform them but little. Therefore, in any case, away with them!

According to biographer Heinz Schilling, his “hatred, offensive abuse and violent annihilation fantasies” only increased until his death.”

Ladies, when I learned that Martin Luther wrote these things I was so grieved! I cried! I had taught my children that Luther was a “hero of the faith.” He also had a lot more to say about the Jews in his book, but for the sake of time I will leave it at that.

One doesn’t have to look far to realize that Adolf Hitler was quite fond of Martin Luther. Both were German nationalists, and Hitler was very familiar with On the Jews and Their Lies.

“It is easy to see how Luther prepared the way for Hitler.”

The late DR. WILLIAM TEMPLE Archbishop of Canterbury
(“The Archbishop’s Conference, Malvern, London, 1941, page 13).

What now?

I really sought the Lord in prayer once Luther’s views about the Jews came to my attention. In the end, I decided that I would no longer teach my children about Martin Luther. I threw away my books and material about him, and I asked the Father to forgive me of my ignorance.

A couple of Scriptures really helped me to see the error of Luther clearly.

I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew….For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.

Romans 11:1-2 and 16-18

Here Paul admonishes us to not boast against the branches (Israelites or Jews). He reiterates that God has not cast away his people. If you continue in the chapter, Paul states that all of Israel will be saved and no longer be blind to the truth in Messiah once the fullness of the gentiles have come into the fold.

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

Romans 11:25-27

As believers, we are admonished to be gentle to all. To turn the other cheek, and love our enemies. (Not that I think the Jews are our “enemies.” May it never be! But since Luther did consider the Jews to be enemies, I thought I would mention this here.) The Lord instructs us to speak evil of no one, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Titus 3:2

Our Messiah did not fight against his accusers. He was gentle and humble. This is the example we should follow.

Since Martin Luther did not do these things, our family has chosen to mark and avoid his teachings.

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

For us, this is hard, but needful. Even if most of Luther’s teachings appear to be holy and good, I believe he was a false teacher. We must use discernment. My Biblical studies have led me farther and farther away from the teachings of men, and I usually simply study Scripture for myself now. I use Scripture to interpret Scripture. I can’t even begin to tell you what blessings this has brought to my life.

Please don’t take my word for it. Study this out and take it to the Father. He will lead and guide us when we humble ourselves and truly seek Him.

Psalm 86:5 Free Printable + Free Chapter Of Called to Homeschool

Hooray, the weekend is almost here! It is such a blessing when my husband is home with the family.

This weekend is extra special since we will be attending Teach Them Diligently in Myrtle Beach. I seriously can’t wait. Homeschooling my kiddos is such a joy and privilege.

In honor of the occasion, I wanted to share the first chapter of a book I’ve been slowly working on about homeschooling. It is a messy first draft, but I hope it encourages you.

Download Chapter 1 Of Called to Homeschool here.

I also have a new free Psalm 86:5 5 x 7 Printable for you. Spring flowers and Scripture are a few of my favorite things. I’m forever grateful for the LORD’s steadfast love!

Download your free Psalm 86:5 Printable here.

In case you missed the new posts shared this week…

Read: Modesty and Complete Surrender ||My Testimony Continues

Read: A House Divided Will Not Stand

Read: Parenting, Praise, and Grace

Be encouraged today, mamas! You are doing Kingdom work as you lead your little ones in the ways of the LORD.

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Our Elementary Curriculum Choices for 2017-2018

Hello, ladies!  I’ve been meaning to finish up our curriculum post for the year for months now, but life has happened!  We’ve been super busy while jumping into our new curriculum on the heels of our move to South Carolina.

I must admit that teaching elementary grades is my favorite.  It is just so.much.fun!  My older children work independently for the most part, and so I appreciate the chance I have to work along side my little guys.

I often write a post about elementary curriculum choices with full intentions to write about my older children later.  And then I forget.  But this time, I’m really, really going to try to write out our plan for everyone and share it here.

Without further ado, this is what we are doing this year for our elementary kids:

5-year-old daughter, who is officially in Pre-K this year

  • CLE’s Kindergarten Program.  I love this program, and feel like it is perfect for my daughter.  We are going really slowly, and she initiates when she would like to learn.
  • Calendar Time where we discuss the day, week, month, season, etc.
  • Read aloud time with a Bible Story and Mother Goose Rhymes.
  • Other read alouds and easy art projects as time allows.

7-year-old son, who is officially in 2nd grade this year

  • Language Lessons for the Very Young from Queen Homeschool.  This is a very Charlotte Mason-ish approach to Language Arts and I love it!  It is very gentle.
  • Reading 1 and 2 from CLE.  My son is still finishing up his first grade reading work, and that is fine by me.
  • For spelling, I pick twelve words that he has been working on in reading and create a personalized list each week.
  • Math: Lessons for a Living Education Level 2.  After coming out of CLE’s 1st Grade Math, this program seems very gentle.  Too gentle at times.  But Maverick loves it, and he seems to be doing well with it.
  • Handwriting: Printing with Pictures.  Theme: Animals We Love.  This program is also by Queen Homeschool.  It is super simple.  Basically, Maverick writes a single sentence each day, but the goal is to write it perfectly.  If he does, he moves on.  If not, he tries again.
  • History Stories for Little Americans: American History for Beginning Readers and Pre-Readers.  Okay, so I LOVE this History curriculum!  Maverick is engaged in the stories and activities, and it isn’t too much for me in this really busy season of my life.  This is also from Queen Homeschool.
  • We are using Exploring Creation with Astronomy for Science.  He is working through this with his older sister, who is in the sixth grade.
  • Weekly violin lessons at a local Charlotte Mason Christian School.
  • Calendar Time where we discuss the day, week, month, season, etc.
  • Read aloud time with a Bible Story and Mother Goose Rhymes.
  • Other read alouds and easy art projects as time allows.

As you can see, we have gone pretty much with a Charlotte Mason approach this year.  We are loving it.  I really believe that before third grade, learning should be very enjoyable and child initiated for the most part.  This is our first year using Queen Homeschool products and I highly recommend them!  I needed a more open and go curriculum this year, but wanted it written in a Charlotte Mason approach.  Queen Homeschool products are perfect for this!  We plan on going on more nature walks now that the weather has grown cooler and we are more settled.

If you have any questions for me, please let me know.  Having my children at home with me each day is such a joy!

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Slow and Steady Home Education

My oldest daughter is a senior this year. A senior! I can hardly believe it.

Time has passed by much too quickly.

Looking back, I often wonder if I have done enough. There have been seasons when our to-do list never seemed to get done.

But frankly, all I need to do is look at her to realize that she has been well equipped though her homeschool journey. She is smart. She reads and writes like nobody’s business. She has passed a CLEP test, and already has three credit hours of college credit under her belt.

We most definitely would not consider ourselves to be unschoolers, but I truly believe that slow and steady wins the race.

Our children do not need the jam-packed public school schedule to succeed. If a topic comes easy to one of my children, we breeze through it. No extra busy work created for the classroom setting is necessary.

If a child is taking a long time for reading to click, no problem. I’ve learned it will come with time.

A steady stream of books is important to my children’s diet once they learn to enjoy it. This time of reading this encourages them to learn about new interests on their own.

To the new homeschooling mama, you’ve got this. As long as you care about your children and give them opportunities to learn while holding them accountable, they will succeed. Slow and steady has worked wonders for us. Children flourish when they are no longer under pressure, and can simply learn along side of you.

Home can (and in many cases should) look like home, and not a recreation of school. The home environment wraps a feeling of love around our children that a classroom never could.

If you haven’t read The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson, I highly recommend it. It is an easy read found on Amazon, and is very encouraging to the mamas who feel like they must measure their children’s home education experience to their peers around them.

Many blessings as you embark or continue on your home school journey!

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Who Will Comfort Our Children When Tragedy Strikes?

There have been a cluster of sad stories concerning public school children recently.  A few months ago the horrible Sandy Hook school shooting occurred in Connecticut, and a several weeks later an F5 tornado took the lives of 7 elementary school children in Oklahoma.  These occurrences seem to make all parents take a step back, reevaluate their parenting, and hug their children a little tighter.

During these tragedies, a number of public school teachers stepped up to the plate.  They were heroic, actually.  I’m sure that you’ve heard the stories of teachers shielding their students with their own bodies, telling their students that they loved them, since they needed to hear it one last time, and praying out loud to our almighty God, which is normally clearly forbidden.

These stories of heroism are good to hear.  They give us a nice sense of security.  These teachers really love and care for their students.  They help us believe it is actually a good decision to send them to school each day, away from their mothers.

But…what if?  What if our own children were in the same situation and staring death in the face?  Who would you want to be there, giving last comforting words?  Praying last comforting prayers?  I can’t speak for you, but I know that my answer would be…me.  God has chosen me to be the mother of my precious children.  He has asked me to be their protector.  And mother, if you have children, He has chosen you to do the same exact thing.

The media would like us to believe that public school is where our children belong.  They champion the stories of teachers, that as I said earlier, were heroic during the tragedies.  They play these stories, over, and over, and over.  Do you think that there might possibly be some sort of agenda here?

Unfortunately we live in a fallen world.  And that world wants our children.  We are not to be of the world however.  James 4:4 says, “Know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  When we send our children to public schools to be taught in ways contrary to the word of God, the world is happy.  When tragedy occurs, we might second guess the choice we have made to send our children to public school.  I know that I heard a multitude of parents throw around the term “homeschool” after the Sandy Hook shooting.  These are parents who have said in the past they would never, could never, homeschool.  Tragedies have a way of changing minds.  The world swiftly answered, playing the stories of teacher heroism again and again.  Trying to convince us that we have made the right choice in sending our children to public school.  Where teachers step up and love their students just like mothers do.

But wait just a minute.  Why are we sending our children to a place for sometimes 40+ hours per week where the teachers can act in an unthinkable situation, just like mothers?  Wouldn’t they be better off with their mothers?  Where their mothers can say “I love you” whenever they would like during the day.  Where their mothers can pray out loud without ceasing if necessary.  The brave mothers who take on the role of teacher are usually ridiculed by the world however.  Why can teachers heroically act like mothers, but mothers can’t heroically be teachers?

I’m not trying to use scare tactics, nor am I trying to use a tragedy to further my agenda.  I’m also well aware that we shouldn’t live in fear.  Dear mother, please just think for a moment.  Who should be with my children if they are faced with death?  Who will comfort my children if tragedy strikes?  Your children need you, and love you more than words can say.  I’m sure that they would rather be comforted by you, than by anybody else.  God has called you to be their mother.  Praise Him for this wonderful calling!

Be blessed!

~Nicole

The Importance of Investing in Our Daughter’s Education

Out of our seven children, God has blessed us with five daughters.  And our sixth daughter is due to arrive in August, Lord willing.

As a homeschool mom, I’m interested in investing in all of my children.  But since we have more daughters than sons, I spend a lot of my time either teaching or planning our girl’s education.

I am about as anti-feminist as they come.  I’m the first to say that the highest calling possible for a woman is to be a wife and mother.  I firmly believe that if in these two positions, our time and attention should stay focused within these spheres.

And yet, I am equally as passionate about the importance of educating our daughters.  Their education should absolutely match the care and attention given to our sons.

Today I would really like to share why I believe giving our daughters a high-quality education is absolutely necessary.  Education is a gift that we give to our children, and our daughters should learn more than basic reading and math while thinking that nothing more will ever matter, since they are destined to be a homemaker.

  1.  We don’t know God’s plans.  It might seem exceedingly obvious to us that our daughter’s work will be focused around household tasks one day, but honestly, none of us knows what the future may hold.  For awhile, I was a single mother.  Did I expect to find myself in this situation?  No.  We honestly have no clue where the Lord will lead us during our lifetime.  While again, I believe the calling of wife and mother is paramount, God for example has used women like Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael to further His kingdom in mighty ways.  Our girls could be cut out for mission work, or more.  Sometimes our daughters begin to focus on marriage and raising children to unhealthy degree before they graduate.  Might I suggest that we encourage our girls to keep their hearts open to whatever God intends?  While the majority of Christian woman do marry and have families, some do not, and God uses them just the same.
  2. Our daughters need to learn how to learn.  While it would certainly be easier for us to stop our studies whenever our daughters reach a basic level of math and language arts, our daughters need to learn how to learn.  While in high school, I was a very high achiever and was accepted into Georgia Tech’s Earth and Atmospheric Science Program. (I would like to take a moment to say that I never ended up there, since I didn’t know God’s plan and what He intended for me.  His plans were greater!)  While I almost never use any of the higher education material which I was taught now, I firmly believe that it was important for me to learn how to learn.  What I mean this is that when I struggled with different subjects, I was forced to adapt my studying and comprehension strategies.  I still use these techniques in my life today!  It’s important for us to encourage our daughters to not give up when the going gets tough, and that they will be better prepared to absorb information in their lives today if they work through more difficult material while in high school.
  3. Teach our boys and we’ve taught one man.  Teach our girls, and we’ve taught a family.  I’m not even sure where I’ve heard this sentiment before, but it’s so true.  Even if our girls do plan on becoming homeschool moms in the future, they will one day be pouring knowledge into their own families.  This is why we need to be pouring knowledge into them now.   As the saying goes, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.  Most influential leaders credit their mothers for their love, care, and teaching.  Our daughters will be raising the future of our nation.  Giving them a quality, Christ-centered education is paramount.

I pray you’ve been encouraged to continuing pouring into your daughter’s education.  They are worth the investment!

The Time To Take a Closer Look At Our Public Schools is Now

I really don’t even know where to begin.

This morning, as I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I came across the news that President Obama is “strongly urging” all public schools to implement transgender bathroom and locker room policies, or they risk losing federal funding.

I’ve literally had tears well up over this, and I homeschool my children.

Recently Target has publically introduced these same policies in their stores.  While my spirit grieved for this scenario as well, it’s not quite the same.  Target is a private corporation, and as such, has every right to decide their own policies.

The public school system is different.  It belongs to “the public.”  Supposedly, it belongs to the people of our nation.

Our culture is diseased, y’all.  Like it is seriously sick.  It has been in a huge moral decline for decades now.  Among other things, God will not bless a nation that allows the murder of it’s unborn children.

While Obama has usurped his executive power yet again, we must take note that he has been allowed to do this over and over.  This decision will likely stand, despite the fact that the American College of Pediatrics has unilaterally stated that gender confusion in children is harmful.

I’m sitting here, literally at a loss for words.  I can almost imagine how the Separatists must have felt before setting off for the New World.

While faced with adversity against their faith, they weren’t satisfied to hang around and try to invoke social change.  They didn’t say, “Oh well, let’s stick around and continue to allow our families and children to be indoctrinated.”

While changing our nation for better is always a good thing, in the meantime, we have a responsibility to ensure that the teaching and training of our children is aligned with God’s Word. We have the responsibility to ensure that our children are in a safe place to the best of our ability.

We also must remember that we have no idea what the Lord has in store for our nation.  Romans 1:28 is exceedingly clear that God gives those who do not accept His knowledge over to a depraved mind:

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:28 NIV)

We cannot believe that the same government which allows the dismemberment of unborn children has the right mindset to teach and train our physical children.  It’s just not possible!

The time is now for Christians to take a stand.  It is time for us to take our children back.

I have been writing a book about homeschooling, and I would like to share the first chapter with y’all.  It’s about our children.  It is an unedited, messy first draft, but I am just so incredibly burdened for our kids, that I feel compelled to do so.  Our kids are worth so much!  We are called to defend the defenseless, and our children fall into this category.

I saw a quote by Israel Wayne this morning which scared me.

“Many Christians will boycott Target over the transgender bathroom issue, but will they ever boycott government schools over the same issue?

I don’t think so. For reasons I don’t begin to understand, most Christians are tenaciously addicted to their government school habit.

I don’t think there is ANYTHING at all the government schools would EVER do that would EVER make most Christians remove their children and pay for their own child’s Christian education. Sad, but true.

80% of Christians are still committed to government schooling…no matter what.”

– Israel Wayne, Family Renewal, LLC

I pray that Israel Wayne is wrong, but I fear that he is right.  We must remember that government schools have an ungodly agenda at their heart, and our children do not belong there.

Believe me when I say that after this passes, another morality problem will occur.  And then another, and then another.  Our children deserve better.

A sweet reader shared her thoughts on this earlier, and it was spot on.  While not all parents are in the position to homeschool, it is time for our churches to stand in the gap.  “I know not everyone can homeschool. I get that. We are blessed to be able to homeschool our kids. I feel like the time has come for true Bible believing Pastors to put their foot down and tell these parents to get their kids out of government schools, and for the churches to stand in the gap for those who cannot homeschool!”

Amen to this.  The faith community must be willing to step in and help.

How a Christian Mom Can Help Shape Our Nation

This week politics have been in the headlines, namely since Ted Cruz has suspended his presidential campaign.  I’ll be honest, I have been suspicious of Mr. Cruz from the beginning.  Not that I think we have any good options, but I believe Ted did the best job of looking Christian, while trying to lie and cheat his way to the top.   I do not mesh well with Pretenders.  Anyhow, that is nether here nor there since he is now out of the race.

However, I know many of you are feeling disappointed, and I would like to take a moment to share some encouragement!  You see, many Christians are discouraged by the way our national election is going, and I would like to gently remind y’all that all of this is in God’s hands.

I also truly believe that if our nation begins to follow God’s principles, He will bless it.  And this starts with us, ladies!

Have you ever heard the phrase, “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?”  This is so very true.  It is a proven fact that what our children learn at a young age shapes them into who they become.

Our country is intent on enrolling our children into the public school system at younger and younger ages.  I believe this system is very smart, and they realize that the sooner they can begin shaping young minds, the better.  I must admit that Secretary Clinton’s book, It Takes A Village, bothers me.

There are obvious dangers in sending our children to public schools.  I can talk about the dangers of teaching evolution as fact and reproduction from a secular viewpoint until I’m blue in the face, but the school system doesn’t even have to do that to indoctrinate our children.

What they do is so subtle, and many Christians actually believe it to be good.

When we send our children to school, the first thing that they usually learn about are character qualities such as kindness, courtesy, and caring.  The problem is, these qualities are taught completely outside of Christ.

One of my favorite books in all of the Bible is the book of John.  In this text, Jesus clearly points out that without him, we can do nothing.  Our “goodness” is nothing!

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5

I’m also reminded here of how our righteousness is as “filthy rags” without God!

We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

Isaiah 64:6

Children begin to think that they are who is good, not that God is who is working through them to do the right thing.  This breeds pride in a hurry!  Pride is noted as one of the most painful sins in the Bible, and was the cause of Satan’s fall.  Once this pride takes root, it doesn’t want to go anywhere!  Children can easily accept the fact that they are in charge of their own destiny, that they are the center of evolution, and so much more nonsense when this humanistic thinking is taught to them at a young age.  As they grow into adults, they do not see the need for God in their lives and the nation will become more and more pagan.

Ladies, I know it might be hard, but I truly believe that if we pull our children from the secular schools, God will use us to raise up a great generation that He will use mightily.  But just training our children all the day long in God’s truth will not matter if we do not…

Truly Live Out Our Faith With Abandon.

We may say that we are Christians, but do we truly live it?  Like, all of the time?  I live in the Bible Belt, and everyone I meet is a “Christian,” but I cannot tell by their lives.  The Bible is clear that we can tell a tree by it’s fruit.  What does our fruit look like?

If it looks just like the rest of the world, Christ will not be made known to others.  While it is well and good if we pray and go to church, are we truly living out our faith?

Are we showing sacrificial love to others?

Are we giving our time to the needy?

Are we proclaiming the gospel?

Are we speaking truth?

Are we speaking against the evils of the age?

If we don’t do the things that Scripture clearly instructs us to do, why would God bless our nation?

When we begin to follow the Bible’s teachings regarding raising our families for the Lord and standing for truth, then God, who is so gracious and merciful, might begin to bless our nation.  Electing a Christian official would not do anything to remedy the situation unless the people of the nation turns from their sin first.

“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

We have been going about this all wrong.  Our nation will not be healed if we elect a godly official and expect the blessing of doing so to trickle down to us.  No, the people of the nation must humble themselves and turn from sin first for our nation to be healed.

This isn’t an easy road, but it is the Biblical way that God uses to bless nations and people groups.

The training of our children, who are the future citizens of America starts with us, mommas.  Let’s do our best to follow hard after God and treat our inheritance rightly.