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Christian Liberty

Well, drinking alcohol* is a matter of Christian Liberty. My last post talked about drinking a Hot Toddy. I said I might have one that evening. Did I though? No. It sounded good, but I didn’t need one. I decided not to have one. Which is my perogative. It would have been fine if I’d made and drank one, too.

Moderation is the formula, and self-control is the key!

Disagree? Study the Bible.
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*alchohol is the spelling many use in searchng

Bored — but I have a topic afterall!

I’m bored tonight.

Figures. The children were hyper at bedtime. Guess it wore me out. Yes, tired, but my mind is awake. My mind is awake, but not totally alert. It’s not about to let me sleep, and not about to let me think deeply. Yuck. This is the time for a Hot Toddy.

Whoops, there goes a topic!

Drink, alchohol*? Why, yes. Titus 2 says that older women should be given to little wine. That means some times it’s alright to drink. Not getting drunk is the key. Drinking in moderation is Biblical for true followers of Christ. Even for Elders and Deacons.

So, a Hot Toddy, that sounds really good now!

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*alcohol

Teaching the Trivium

The Trivium.

That’s what we’ve intended to teach our children, just didn’t have a name for it. I’ve always ignored references to “The Well Trained Mind”. The little I heard, I didn’t like it. It seemed to me those who followed it were instilling formal schooling in very young children. Not what we believed in. So then hearing others talk about “Classical Homeschooling”, I learned that was the same thing.

So finally I payed attention when one of the email groups I’m in started another round of talking about “Teaching the Trivium”. I didn’t actually pay attention the first few days, but then backtracked when I saw a reference to it that didn’t make me shudder. I went to Trivium Pursuit and was delighted with what I saw there. Wow! “This is what we are doing”, I thought to myself.

My husband called them to order the book (Teaching The Trivium) and a couple of other little books, and it arrived on Saturday. So I’ve been reading and enjoying it tremendously. I was talking to an out of state friend over the phone yesterday, and she and her husband have children the same ages, and are looking at educating their children the same as we are. They had looked at Classical training and said “No” to it. I hope they’ll look at Trivium Pursuits information. It’s Biblical Classical Training. It’s really, really, really interesting and the approach that’s right.

Look for the document to download “Ten things to do with your children 10 and under”. It’s in the book, and nice to have the option to look at it ahead of time. And to have it on the computer.

Training our children to read, using phonics, and to love to learn, and to be self-learners … these have ALWAYS been our first goals in educating them. We talked about it before we were married. We had to wait a while before we had our first child, so we are finally getting to the place where our dear eldest will be reading by himself very well within the year. We are ready to begin a bit more intensive “knowledge” training. No teaching, just training, how-to, watch this son, memorize this, recite this, copy this. That’s not hard. Training our children is not that hard. Of course, we must love them dearly, and want to give them the edge they need to learn for a life time, a life time of service to our Dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

My husband and I are looking forward to all that WE are going to be learning in the next 20 or more years, with our children learning all around us.

Upgrade in progress

Remember that upgrade I talked about here?

It’s in progress. Really. What am I talking about? Ah, it’s a woman thing. Some women today need extra progesterone. Yes. It’s fine to talk about. Natural progesterone cream is available in the United States without a prescription. Dr’s poo-poo it here. Well, what else is new?

Many doctors do just that, offer drugs for symptoms, not something that will HELP someone. I’ve struggled with migraines and PMS symptoms for years. Are these things real? Yes. What could help someone like this? Progesterone? I’d have laughed at that in the past. But no longer. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been using some. I’m calmer, like right now, even though I have a screaming, rebellious 22 month old right next to me. A month ago –pre-progesterone era– I’d have been furious by now.

I have so much to say, but won’t. The big thing about this is many women struggle in their adult years, needlessly. They struggle with health issues, infertility issues, quick anger, sluggishness … just to name a few things. Women are called lazy and/or sinful because of these things, by Christians.

I got by. I treated my symptoms as well as I could with over-the-counter meds. But I realized finally that here in my mid-30’s things were getting way worse than I’d ever experienced. Imitrex, Prozac, just two things any doctor would GLADLY throw my way. I’ve never asked for these, and never will.

What does natural progesterone do? It creates a balance in your body if it’s out of balance. If your body is hormonally running smooth, it feels quite different. I know the difference now. It’ll take awhile to attain a stable balance … but so far, it’s like night and day, the difference. As my husband put it the other day “I can see that we are becoming a kinder, gentler family!”

Wow. Yes, just one woman changing, changes the whole family. Chain reactions are cut off at the core. Mornings aren’t as hard now either. No, I’m STILL not a morning person, but neither am I a Grizzly coming out of Winter Hibernation either anymore.

So, was it sin that made me grouchy in the morning? Sin that made me have a hair-trigger on my anger? Sin that made my body freak out over loud noise?

If so, why is it that natural progesterone cream use has rendered me nice in the morning. What is anger? Very little contact with it. Loud noise? What’s too loud? Three screaming little children? Not anymore.

That’s just the beginning. Migraines aren’t as bad. Energy is somewhat better. Low-Blood sugar tendancies are improving.

God has given us what we need to live. If in these modern times I need extra progesterone, then yes, it’s what I need, and it’s available. I can sit here and desire to be nicer … and want to feel better. I can pray about it daily, often, always.

God will heal me one day, all of us actually, of our afflictions. But in this LIFE, we have things to make us function better … natural progesterone cream for women is one of these things. And it’s not a “drug” it has no bad side-effects. It’s exactly what our bodies make. It’s something good. Mine is called Happy PMS Cream. Funny, but TRUE!

So if any one reading this has any PMS symptoms, find out about using natural progesterone cream. It could change you back into you — Defragging works smoothly now, since I began upgrading.

Who owns the cat?

Well, we have a cat that visits us. He started visiting us in January 2001. He’s a beautiful Brown Tabby.

He showed up at our deck door, and sat there pretty much all of the time, taking some time off, of course, just looking inside. Two weeks LATER I started to feed him.

He’s usually around, but sometimes isn’t, for a few days to a week at a time.

The thing is, lately, the last few months, he’s really grown on me. “Good Visitor Kitty” is his name, but that hasn’t felt right the last month.

Questions about him abound. Does someone else “own” him? If someone else thinks they own him, what’s the deal, letting him roam around free all the time?

Who spends time with him? Me.

Who feeds him? Me.

Where does he sleep? On my front porch, or on the back deck, or under the car on the driveway.

The last several weeks he now wants to come into the house. Who’d blame him, it’s HOT out there! Besides that, he’s happy there. He loves to sit on my lap, or my husbands lap. He purrs alot. He likes to just lay on the floor and watch what is going on too. He doesn’t particularly like the attention of the children.

The dog doesn’t affect this cat at all. He ignores the dog. The dog does nothing to this cat. One of our other cats is very affected by the dog. He chases her. So, our visitor kitty is a cool customer. I like him.

He showed up today late in the afternoon. He wasn’t around this morning. Humph. He has a collar and a rabies tag on this afternoon, and looks cleaner … someone gave him a bath.

But he’s in our house, on my lap, at this very moment, purring and rubbing his head against me.

He’s shown up clean (obviously bathed) before, after an absense of a day or more. But then he stays by us for days on end, and weeks on end … etc

I’d like to know who thinks they own him. Or maybe it’s just another kind soul who wants to clean him up when he’s around. But I want the job. He likes us, we like him. Problem is, he’s an outside cat. But he’s aclimating to being inside more. I really think he’d do fine inside.

We have 5 other cats though. Is he healthy enough to not cause a problem with our normal status pets? Too late, some of them have interacted, sniffing noses and such. Eating and drinking from the same bowls.

So, does having possesion of his affection and time, and giving him food and water denote a kind of ownership? I’d like to think so.

But someone else, totally unknown to me, has collared him, and perhaps taken him to the vet. The tag isn’t from our vet, so calling a strange vet office to ask questions isn’t as easy to me.

I do think it my Christian duty to help animals that are around. We are to take dominion, and that does include cats. Cat’s shouldn’t be roaming about outside. They aren’t natural to this place, the United States. They are wonderful animals, but not to birds, many of which are natural to this area and on the decline. Cats are predators, no question of that.

So, feeding this cat is important, to keep him well fed. But I would prefer to feed this cat inside, and take care of all his needs. And not wonder about where else he spends PART of his time. He spends the majority of it with us. But I’ve not felt the right to “label” him as mine. Or to attach a note to him asking someone to contact us about him.

Well, we’ll just go on like this for now. It’s frustrating. There is a house up the street with lots of cats wandering about, having kittens often … multiplying and multiplying again and again. I’d like to put notes on all THOSE cats too, but they don’t come to our house.

Our responsibilities should not be limited to just ourselves. We should let our neighbors know the truth about things. Not just cats and dogs, either but TRUTH. Okay, so maybe I will attach a note to this cat.

LIGHT!

My birthday presents arrived yesterday courtesy of FED EX Ground. Thanks to my sister for the gift certificate on buy.com, I have three new stylus for my Palm Vx, and a Rhino Skin (case) to protect said Palm Vx. Now I have a Palm that matches my Nokia, both pretty much the same silvery color 🙂

It’s useful to have those tools look similar. The darkness of that little leather flap on the Palm made it rather invisible to me most days. Wow what a difference to be clothed in LIGHT.

Hmmm. What a difference it’ll be someday to be clothed in LIGHT, when the Last Day arrives, and we, the Elect of God, become glorified.

Oh, the Christmas Wreath?

Yeah, it’s still hanging there, above the fireplace.

I did move the couch today though!

That’s how I do the best cleaning, or the only cleaning in some rooms. Move the furniture. It’s what I’ve done since I was about 8 years old. No, not just move it out of the way, clean, and then put it back. No. Reconfigure. Yeah, defrag. Move it to where it should be. Where it feels right. And clean up all the junk that is strewn here and there. Then all the FREE SPACE is clean and useable again! In a big chunk right where it’s best used.

Defragging is a computer term, for those who aren’t familiar with it. It’s a term that applies to my brain too, and spiritual life. Defragging is a good thing. It takes time and effort, but it’s worth it. It ends up being relaxing and refreshing, and energizing all at once. Yes, computers, brains, and spirits. All of them need defragging. Even Windows XP 😉 It works there, at least. Very efficiently too, I must add. Not at all how Win 98 SE just can’t seem to get past 10% defrag on that old machine most times. Weeks later, after numerous tries, voila! It works.

So, what am I, if I was a computer … I’d probably be that Win 98 SE computer. Yes, and I’m hoping to upgrade myself to Win XP soon. Seriously!

Sunflowers

I harvested three sunflower heads this afternoon. One is tiny, but bursting with seeds! I didn’t want the birds to start plucking the seeds out … so off the stalks they came. They were yellow behind, so ready to dry out. One of them has been attacked already, several zigzaggy rows missing seeds. It must be the House Finches, but COULD be that male Northern Cardinal that hangs around the front of the house, where the sunflowers are, and also where we have a hanging feeder full of sunflower seeds. Guess someone loves those fresh ones better.

There are plenty more sunflowers to harvest in the coming days. These all planted themselves via the birds at the bird feeder. I had the feeder on two sides of the porch at different times. Suddenly we had sunflowers growing on both sides of the enterance sidewalk. Wonderful effect it is/was! On the West side is a huge stalk, with a huge sunflower head, and at least 19 other heads coming from up and down the stalk. Most of these are squished looking heads, and they are nearly ready to pop off, but the centers have no seeds. Guess the bees and other insects didn’t like these as much as the other sunflowers. Up the row there are a few more that are singles, and very nice. But on the East side, there are at least 6 beautiful sunflowers. Gorgeous, rounded out in the center — protruding. And untouched so far. No birds have raided them. They will be beautiful in just another week, ready to take down and dry safely. They’ll be lovely to hang ouside this Winter!

Well, think for yourselves, there are spiritual applications in the above. Not any nice little pat theory or anything, but segments exist, of the truth God shows us in everything surrounding us. Nature cries out with His story. 🙂

Christmas in July

It’s mid-July, about time to take down the wreath above the fireplace. 😉

It’s looking rather dingy now, not as green as it did in June. Yes, it’s from December. We put a fresh wreath up and leave it until we are tired of it. Well, I am not tired of it, but I can see how someone coming in to our home might wonder about it. It will look stark and empty taking it down. But not to fret, a new one will be up in just a little over 4 months from today!