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Friday, April 23, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

1 Peter 2:9 A Chosen People

I love this verse on my page today! 1 Peter 2:9~~~ We ARE chosen...we ARE called OUT of the darkness...into the light! We ARE going to be a peculiar people!

The light does not look like the dark. They are complete opposites! Those called by Christ are not going to look like those who are not. We will look strange to those in darkness, but that's ok!!
Praise the Lord, we are to live for HIM! As the verse says, we are a "holy nation."

That's what we have been learning this year...how to live in the light, pleasing to the Lord. BOY...we have so far to go...and I know none of us will live it perfectly in this life...but we are striving to make decisions to please GOD, not ourselves. And to live according to the Scriptures He has given us.

I am trying to ponder this as I enjoy this B~E~A~U~T~I~F~U~L day the Lord has given us. Perfect weather!! The little ones are playing playdough outside under a tree on a blanket, and my 17yr. old is helping my 7yr. old make a rubberband gun in the shed! A couple are sleeping...
Just trying to soak it all in!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Children

I sit here watching my children play baseball~all 7 of them in the backyard. Aaahh...I could just watch this for hours! It is so sweet. (I know, I should be out there w/ them, but sometimes it's nice just to step back & "ponder all these things in my heart") They are all playing...the 17 yr. old down to the 2 yr. old. These are the times that do a mother's heart good!!! What the "world" is missing.
Children are indeed a blessing. I hope to NEVER take this for granted.
Thank you Lord for these precious souls you've loaned us.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Reformed??? What in the world is that???

You know, if you would have asked us a year ago what a reformed church was, we would of had absolutely no idea. Apparently, here in our state, reformed churches are few and far between.

We knew of Martin Luther, and the Reformation~a little. But there's no way we could of even begun to tell you what a "reformed" church believes.

Most people have little to no knowledge of Calvanism or Armenianism, we didn't. Maybe a few misconceptions, but that's about it. But, why does it matter?? Well, because doctrine IS important. Knowing what Scripture says is vitally important. It influences the way we think, act, talk, dress, what we watch(or won't watch), what we listen to...etc. At least~it SHOULD!!

It's doctrine...it's God's Word...Scripture....it's what we should be looking to for daily wisdom & instruction. These things are important.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Past Year

We are a homeschooling family of 9. The Lord has blessed us w/ 7 beautiful children. 5 boys and 2 girls. We are in our 12th yr. of hsing(well, actually 17th if you count birth-5, where they are learning A LOT!) It's amazing the way we have changed in those years. It goes by so very quickly. Lord willing, we have many more years to go & look forward to see where He takes us.

The Lord has chosen to lead us this past year on a journey. It's truly amazing, my husband and I were both saved many years ago, but it's only been the past year that we have seen some amazing truths in God's Word that we had never seen before. Many things we were taught in church, and things that are still being taught, are not consistent w/ Scripture. It would take pages to explain all that we've learned, and are still learning, but we just give God the glory for opening our eyes.

One of the main things we've learned is the meaning of ~ sola scriptura~ which was the cry of the Reformation. That "scripture alone" is sufficient for ALL of living. That God's word speaks to EVERYTHING. God just doesn't put us here, call us to Himself, and then let us "figure it out???"...NO...He gives us His words, his commands, His precepts, & His direction...if only we will search & study His word. His ways are perfect, and if we will just follow them.

Also, we have been studying the sovereignty of God. This doctrine is absolutely amazing if you can wrap your head around it. The book: The Sovereignty of God by Arthur Pink is a fantastic place to begin. Still working on this one!

We are also on a journey from city life to country life, Lord willing! We plan to sell our "city" home and find a "country" home to begin homesteading. We are so excited to see where we end up & how this is all gonna work! Our goal is to become as self-sufficient as possible in these times. We have been READING like crazy about raising cows, goats, chickens....building chicken coops, gardening, herbs, homemade everything...etc... (I think the librarian thinks we crazy!!)

This past year has been very interesting and challenging, looking forward to where God leads this year!!!

Striving to please HIM in all that we do!
Michelle(for the Hardebeck Family)