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Pages Updated

I spent part of the day updating my pages and adding new pages so I’m not spending the time to write an article today.  I added a new page for the recent Fundamentalism posts and updated,the Homeschooling page. Feel free to check it out.  Maybe you missed a post. 

I’ll resume normal posting tomorrow. 

Blessings, 

Sarah Forbes 

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A Little Break

Since my accident 3 weeks ago, I have managed to post every day. It has been a rough few weeks and I decided to give myself a break for tonight. So instead of writing a lengthy post, I was going to post some photos from the beautiful state of Oregon. However,  WordPress is not cooperating, so I’ll just resume posting tomorrow. 
Blessings, 

Sarah Forbes 

 

 

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Independentism: The Negative Effects of Self-sufficiency on Women in the Church

If your job is a struggle and you can’t keep up with the workload, the advice from other Christians is usually: “Surrender it to the Lord. He gave you this job, and He’ll make a way.”

If your children are disobedient and you’re struggling to know how to respond, the advice from other Christians is usually, “Surrender the children to the Lord and model loving character before them. He gave you these children, and He will make a way.

If you’re struggling to decide on homeschool curriculum and nothing you try seems to be working, the advice from other Christians is usually, “Trust God. Surrender this to Him. He has called you to homeschool and He will make a way.”

If you’re struggling with keeping your home clean and can’t keep up with the dishes, laundry, cleaning, babies, diapering, budgets, and spending time with your husband, the advice from other Christians is,

“Try harder!” Continue reading “Independentism: The Negative Effects of Self-sufficiency on Women in the Church”

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The Wide Gray Line: Christian Stewardship and Why It’s So Important

People tend to think that everything in the Bible is either black or white, right or wrong.

I heard a lady say “I won’t ever go to that church –and neither should you– because they actually believe that some things –like what movies you watch and what music you listen to– are not sins! They don’t even believe drinking alcohol is a sin. I’ll never set foot in that church, because they won’t stand up against sin.”

I wanted to say “You mean the church doesn’t subscribe to legalism? Sign me up!”

But I didn’t.

I had to chuckle and roll my eyes as I listened to her vehement –and yet entirely unbiblical– defence of her legalistic position. The Bible, of course, was clear, according to her, that all those things –and many more things– were absolutely wrong.

Here’s the problem: she couldn’t back her position with scripture.

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Lessons from Jonah

Yesterday my oldest asked my why the story of Jonah ended so badly.
I proceeded to tell him the highlights of the story, explaining that along the whole way of Jonah’s experience, God kept showing him mercy, grace, and patience.

At first Jonah refused to obey at all.

Then, when he saw he had no choice (remember the whale?) he decide to obey, but his obedience was only on the outside. His heart was not in it. He was standing on the inside while sitting on the outside, as the saying goes.

He did as he was told to but afterward went into the desert to pout.

Now a man could die in the desert, so God provided shade for Jonah while he pouted. Then, a bug ate the plant that was shading him, so Jonah decided that he just wanted to die.

In conclusion, I explained that what God had planned for Jonah was not what Jonah thought he wanted.

Regardless of all the ways that God had taken care of Jonah, he refused to be happy with what God had for him.

Oh…

Wow…

OUCH…

Conviction.

I think I just found a little bit of Jonah in me.

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