Monthly Archives: November 2008

Navigating The Mysterious Ways Of My Children’s Brains

Wouldn’t it be great if neurological abnormalities made perfect sense?  Wouldn’t it be great if the brain were completely predictable?  If we could fit neurological disorders in a neat little box and tie it up?  

But we can’t.

Two of my children have Tourette Syndrome, and another son may have dyslexia and ADD.  These conditions are not predictable and are not the same from one day to the next. Continue reading

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More Of What I’m Thankful For

*  dinnertime conversations of Bests and Worsts

*  my husband’s friendship

*  bunkbeds

*  triple bunkbeds

*  the other members of the Body

*  a room full of smiling 2 year olds

*  ice cream

*  the way little boys run full-speed to give giant bear hugs 

*  carseats

*  iPods

*  chocolate chip cookie dough

*  a working computer

*  the Bible

*  hair

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I am also thankful for . . .

*  K’Nex and the hours of fun they provide my children

*  my tall black boots (and my other pretty shoes)

*  breakfast for dinner

*  hymns and praise songs

*  restaurants with play-places

*  imaginations

*  laughter

*  BSF

*  washers and dryers

*  comfy pajamas

*  palm trees

*  a reliable van

*  doctors

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I am thankful for . . .

*  giggling children

*  bedtime stories

*  brownies warm from the oven

*  coffee

*  dates with my husband 

*  quilts

*  children who clean up their own messes (sometimes)

*  hugs

*  socks when my feet are cold

*  vacuum cleaners

 

How about you?  What are you thankful for?

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What God May Be Doing In The U.S.

Before the recent Presidential election, I posted a quote by Sir Alexander Tytler. In his study of history, Sir Tytler noticed that democracies do not exist as permanent governments. He noticed a specific sequence of the world’s greatest civilizations:

. . . from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.

I noted that our nation is somewhere in the apathy and dependence stages and on our way to bondage.  With so many citizens depending on our nation for so much, we are inching our way into bondage of a large government that will control too much of our lives and take away so many of our freedoms.  

Wendy rightly noted in the comment section that we can have hope, though, that we will not be left in bondage.  Because this is a cycle, bondage leads to spiritual faith.  As Wendy put it, 

God continues to work. Out of bondage comes spiritual faith. Oh that we could get back there as a country with out it but I’m not sure that we can. God does move, but we are to comfortable to listen. If His ultimate purpose for us is holiness not comfort than where does that take us? Hard to think about but reminds us that God has not abandoned us – He wants what is best for us.

I love this reminder!  Over and over in the Bible, we see that God wants people to turn to Him.  Sometimes, the atmosphere most conducive to that is one of bondage, of persecution.  

Many months ago, my  husband and I were discussing the United States and what God may be doing in our nation.  While I would love for our  nation to have laws that honor God and align with His Word, I am not sure that is His purpose for us now.  I know that doesn’t seem to make sense.  I would think that it would obviously be God’s will for our country to respect life, respect God’s design for marriage, uphold freedoms, honor Him rather than blaspheme Him, and reflect His attributes and characteristics.  But if God’s purpose is for people to turn to Him and for hearts to truly change, that sort of climate in this country may not accomplish His purpose.  

For many years this country’s laws did reflect God’s character.  And God’s people became lazy and comfortable.  We looked to laws and traditions to make our country look like a Christian nation.  Too many of us ignored the Great Commission.  We did not preach and teach and make disciples so that our nation would be made up of real Christians.  Eventually, the empty outer facade of a Christian nation began to crack because you cannot make a Christian nation by laws and traditions; you must actually have a majority of the nation be Christ-followers.  

We know from history (and from the situation in many parts of the world today) that the Church grows the most under persecution.  We humans are stubborn and proud, and often God must bring us into bondage and persecution before we will turn our hearts to Him.  If we believe that God’s purpose is for people to turn to Him, then perhaps His purpose for the U.S. is bondage and persecution.  

I know, I know — that’s not a very happy thought.  But I believe that God is Sovereign and either appoints or allows national leaders.  I’ve been thinking for a while now that it may not be God’s will for the most godly man to be our President.  Maybe God’s perfect plan to draw more people to Himself and grow His Church in this nation is for us to have an ungodly leader, to be in bondage to a large government that gradually takes back our freedoms.  Perhaps only then will we realize our need for Him and the ultimate freedom He offers through His Son.

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Two Quotes And An Article

I have come across this quote twice recently and wanted to pass it along to whomever is still reading this blog.  Sir Alexander Fraser Tytler, a Scottish jurist and historian, wrote about the fall of the Athenian Republic over 200 years ago.  In his writing, he noted this:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence; from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.

I think we are moving from apathy to dependence.  For years growing numbers of individuals have become dependent on the government for food and health care and housing.  Now, major businesses are depending on the government to bail them out when they make foolish decisions.  If someone who so openly favors redistribution of wealth becomes President of the United States, we will quickly move from dependence to bondage.  If Obama does not win, but the attitudes of so many in our country stay the same, we will only hold the bondage stage of the sequence at bay until another Presidential election.  

The next quote for your consideration is something President Gerald Ford said.  I have also seen it several times recently.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

Finally, I read both of these quotes and a great many other profound thoughts in an article by Terry Paulson tonight.  His writing regularly appears at Townhall.com.   This one is called “Democracies Die When Liberty Gives Way To Dependence, and you can find it here.

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