Friday, July 20, 2012

Glorifying God #3

I have gotten terribly behind on reading some of the blogs I follow and was reading through some of them today and ran across this GREAT post at Intentional by Grace.
I enjoy this blog so much, if you have never visited it I encourage you to go there now!

Anyway, it brought up the topic of Fifty Shades of Grey. I heard about this book a few months ago and heard about the big "craze" it was making among women. I heard very little on what the book was about, but that was enough to make me go "what are people thinking?" In the post, Leigh Ann, the author had a link to an ABC article about Fifty Shades of Grey.
I have never read the book(s), and do not want to.
I read ABC's summary and learned more about the book. I'm even more appalled and shocked! If you read the post at Intentional by Grace, I feel as if I could have written that post myself. I completely and totally agree with everything she had to say. Fifty Shades of Grey is not glorifying to God in any way shape or form. It does not show a picture of how God designed a loving relationship to be, first off the two main characters are NOT married and the way they choose to 'show' their 'love' is not how I believe God intended us to do.
To me the other side of this coin shows that women today are so "starved" for the roles of men and women to be how God intended them to be (whether they realize that is how God intended it or not) that they get so caught up in books like this. The summary of the book said that "Ana", the main woman character signed a contract to be in complete submission to Mr. Grey, the main male character. Although it appears to me that this type of submission was taken to extremes, it makes me wonder if women are really just "starved" for submission to their husbands so much that this, albeit twisted form of submission appeals to them. In our world today women are often looked at as "equal" to men. This is what women wanted starting years ago and now I wonder if they've realized that this is not working and they don't want to be the one with the high stress job and all the weight on their shoulders. Maybe they've realized that their real job and purpose is to be at home, raise their kids and be in submission to their husbands. Of course in this world, most would not admit it so perhaps they are just using Fifty Shades of Grey as a way to get a "taste" of submission.

I am not saying that it is absolutely wrong to work outside the home and that women should not have high stress, high level jobs. I just feel that first women should consider what the Bible says about submission to your husband and taking care of your family. This is just MY opinion on the book and why I do not want to read it. So you can take it or leave it, its up to you.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Delighting in the SIMPLE things

Last night I was awakened by the sound of thunder. We had the windows open, so I laid there trying to decide if it would rain enough to make me close them. Well, after a couple minutes I decided I would just go close them so I wouldn't have to RUN around the house closing them all if it started to down pour. Then I climbed back into bed and soon started to hear rain falling on the roof (isn't that one of the most relaxing and wonderful sounds?!). As I was laying there thinking about how much I like to listen to the rain on the roof and how much we need rain right now, I started to think about a conversation Austin and I had at supper. He is from Pennsylvania so it's easier for him to "see" these things, but once he points them out I very easily see them too. We were discussing how many family/friends get so busy (mainly the ones in PA). Tonight it's the kids baseball practice tomorrow is swimming, then church, then baseball games and then we're going to this friend's house and on and on.....Well, living in RURAL Kansas, we live a simple life. We hang out with friends once a week (maybe every two weeks if its a busy time), we have church and maybe one other thing during the week. Because of this we completely and totally enjoy the time we spend with those people. We aren't on our phones texting or looking at the internet while we are hanging out with friends because time spent with them is time to be cherished. We also live on a dirt road. The county we live in doesn't do the best job of keeping up with it either, so any time we see a grader coming down the road we get excited. As I mentioned above we really need rain right now...this summer has turned off very dry (which isn't that unusual) so when the storm clouds start rolling in and even if its just a sprinkle we get excited. My husband typically works from 6:00am to 7:00pm six days a week. On Facebook, I have lost count of how many times I've seen wives unhappy because their husband had to work past 5 o'clock. But since when we first got married, Austin drove a silage truck which meant he often spent nights away from home or didn't get home until 10:00 or 10:30, I cherish the fact that I even get a few precious hours with him in the evenings. And since we don't spend every evening with friends, we come to enjoy and appreciate our little family more. I feel like friends of ours that are constantly doing this or that, don't realize how special time spent at home just as a family really is. So we may live in boring old Kansas with nothing to do, but we really wouldn't want it any other way. It's easier to look around and appreciate all the great things God has blessed us with and delight in the simple things He's given us.

So, please just take a moment to stop and think about all the little things that you have to be thankful for....even if it's something as simple as a nice road to drive on! :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Some facts about Freedom

Yesterday was the 4th of July, Independence Day or as little Pumpkin says when he sees an American flag, "our coun-tys birthday!" So I saw this quote on another blog and couldn't resist sharing it. It is so, so true. Read it, think about it, and think about how our freedom was gained. Then make the choice to do everything you can to preserve freedom for the next generation and generations to come!

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
-Ronald Reagan

This picture is of Pumpkin 2 years ago!!! But I've always loved it and thought it fit with the quote!

Remember this in November, do your research and VOTE!

We had a quiet 4th of July this year, after Pumpkin's nap we went out and threw "poppers" because he LOVES those things and then went to my sister's for supper. There is a burn ban, so we didn't shoot any fireworks off, but we did see some from town 25 miles away when we came home!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!!!