Sunday, September 28, 2008

On tithing

I've been thinking about tithing lately. Not starting tithing, my husband and I already do that. I've been wondering about whether or not our tithes are Biblically required to go toward our local church, or is it OK to delegate the money toward other things, like charities or those going on mission trips, or people we know of in need? I found an interesting article on tithing and whether or not it is an Old Testament law we no longer are obligated to follow or if it is indeed still taught in the New Testament. Personally, I think tithing is something God wants His followers to do even today, mainly as an act of worship for Him. I know from personal experience that when I don't give God my tithes, my finances are not any better off. Is God punishing me when I don't tithe? I don't think so, but I do think that when I put my trust in Him with my money He makes the rest of my checkbook balance stretch farther. He's not going to let the righteous go begging for bread Psalm 37:25. My struggle lately is what I mentioned already, where should our tithes go? The article mentioned above touches on that as well. I'm still not convinced it has to go to the local church body, though. More research/study on my part needs to be done. As Bill O'Reilly would say, "What say you?".
UPDATE: After I initially wrote this post and upon reading the first comment, I decided that I had better go ahead and research this subject more. I did a word search on the words "tithe" and "offering". Tithe is used in the Old Testament, and the word means "a tenth". Offering is used in both the Old Testament and the New Testament and means "a presentation, oblation or sacrifice". There were several New Testament incidences of offerings being made. I noted the ones given and received by the apostle Paul: Acts 21:25-27 , Acts 24:16-18 , II Cor. 8:18-20 , Phillipians 4:17-19. To me, it's obvious that giving to the Lord and His work is something we as believers should continue to do. I guess the word "tithe" is what gets everybody all worked up. I don't know. But why wouldn't a believer want to give back to God to worship Him and acknowledge His mercy and grace upon our lives? Does it have to be monetarily giving? I think it should be somewhat, according to the verses I read and listed above. Of course our sacrifices are not limited to money. Romans 12:1-2 instructs us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. I hope I've opened up an area of discussion that will help us all increase in faith. I do NOT wish to stir up dissension within the body of believers. If you comment, and I hope you do, please be kind to me (and to each other). I am not a Bible scholar by any means!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

spontaneous field trip

searching for crawdads
searching for crawdads,
originally uploaded by dcellis3.

The kids and I went on a spontaneous field trip the other day. It was just too beautiful outside to stay in with our heads in the books. We went to a nearby greenway nature path. I have actually never been there, even though it's so close to our house. The path is four miles long. We only walked one mile of it (two counting the way back, of course). There were a couple of bridges where we stopped and waded in the stream. The kids looked for fish and crawdads. They found both and were very excited. Dawson actually found a bright red crawdad, which clamped down on his finger when he picked it up! The water was refreshingly cool and it felt good to kick off the shoes and walk in it. The leaves were beginning to fall all around us and the beauty of watching them fall into the water and float away was therapeutic. The sounds of the water falling down over the rocks was memorizing. All in all it was a great day. Dawson was saying afterward that he was praising God for the day. What a sweet boy. I know that it makes Abba so happy to hear the little ones praising Him in everyday worship! We definitely enjoyed God's creation and made wonderful memories that day.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Right Brained vs. Left Brained

I'm currently reading the book RIGHT BRAINED CHILDREN in a LEFT BRAINED WORLD, Unlocking the Potential of your ADD Child, by Jeffrey Freed, M.A.T., and Laurie Parsons. I decided to give this book a read because of my DS. He is such a boy! My husband and I elected to homeschool our kids, and every day I realize more and more that it's the right thing to do. If my DS were in public school he would be labeled ADD or ADHD, and would constantly be in trouble. I've no doubt about it. However, having him home and being the one responsible for his education is not an easy task. It's up to me to keep him focused and make sure he completes his work. Some days I feel like hitting my head against a wall. My DS is an awesome person. He is caring, sharing, smart, giving, and is eager to please. He is also easily distracted, bored with paper work (he acts like it is torture) and he can't write eligibly to save his life. So what's a mom to do? Well, I'm reading this book to try and figure him out. I want to know what's going on and on and on and on in that mind of his. So far he does fall into the category of those who are labeled ADD/ADHD, which according to this book simply means he is a right brained thinker/learner. I think that for the most part I am also, according to the short quiz given. So why can't I understand him? I think it's because I'm still far too attached to the way we are 'supposed' to learn, which according to the public school belief system, is books, worksheets, memorization then regurgitation. That just doesn't cut it for my DS. He wants to DO things. I have yet to get to the chapter in the book that will supposedly give me ways to work with my DS. I sincerely hope that I will be enlightened and able to better connect with him on a day to day basis.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"No comment"

I've come across a few blogs where you can't leave comments. What's up with that? Why would someone want to write a blog and not have feedback? I find that odd.

BTW, I've noticed that my blog status has been low lately. I need to think of some good stuff to write about, huh? I guess it's a good thing in a way. I mean having nothing to write about could mean that my life is fine and dandy. Well, it pretty much is, thank God. There are several bloggers who have more than one entry per day! That's too much pressure for me. It's all I can do to have a new entry every other day or once a week. I really admire those who can write so freely and often and keep things real and/or entertaining.

So where do you get your blog ideas? It's OK to tell me; I'm not gonna steal 'em. I'm just curious is all. Come on... tell me. I've blogged about my family, my garden, dreams, memories, the news, shared poems - several different things, but lately my mind has been, well, blank (no comments on that one!). There are things I'd like to blog about, but I'm not sure it would be wise to discuss certain topics, so I've been biting my tongue (or should I say fingers? You know, cuz I'm typing).

Speaking of my garden, I think it's finally capoot. The only thing still producing is bell peppers and a few watermelons. I'm mad at the watermelons, though. They took over the entire garden and now it's all yucky looking again. Next time I'm sticking with only vegetables.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm so frustrated!

Earlier this month I went to my family reunion. Every year my mom's family spends a weekend together. It's the time of year, other than Christmas, that we all eagerly await. This year I was very diligent in taking pictures of pretty much everybody. In fact, it was really bugging some of them. I was taking so many pictures because I'm trying to get our family tree organized , and I wanted some current photos. Well.... I can't find them! I KNOW I downloaded them from my camera onto the computer, but I can't find them! They are gone! I downloaded them the same day I downloaded Lenny the Amazon Penguin, but somehow my family pics disappeared. UUUUGGHH! If I didn't know better, I would say it was my cousin, Caitie, who was aggravated with me for snapping so many candids of her! Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to use old baby pictures and high school portraits - yeah those are much better!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Check It Out

I tried to post a video on this blog site, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. So, I the video I wanted to share with you is posted on my facebook page. If you have time, I hope you'll check it out. It's a very powerful story about a woman who is a botched abortion survivor! Amazing testimony. She mentions a website I'm about to take a look at it.

God bless.

Monday, September 15, 2008

confession time

Well, I have a confession to make. I haven't had a consistent 'quiet time' with God in over a week! I know, that's horrible. I don't really know what kept me from reading my Bible, other than reading too many blogs. There are several blogs that I keep up with, but that really shouldn't be the cause. I mean, I wake up before the kids and that's when I should have my QT. After the kids wake up and we do our homeschool for the day, there is usually plenty of time for me to catch up on the blogosphere. So WHY have I been such a schmuck? I dunno. (Is 'schmuck' a bad word? Cuz if it is I need to know; I've been saying it a lot lately). I've been thinking about the verses where Paul says something like this: the things I want to do, I don't, and the things I don't want to do, I do - cuz that's where I am lately. Am I the only one who's in a spiritual slump?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

a poem I wrote

Words misspoken without thought.
Hearts broken, left to rot.
Sorrow exposed and poured out.
Forgiveness granted, but still doubts.
Wounded relations cut to the core.
Suppressed memories from days of yor.
Careless words spring from the mouth.
Pierced emotions, tears flowing out.
Sincere regrets displayed out loud.
Tomorrow can't remember what it was all about.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Amazon Penguins and Superheros

So our homeschool group decided to make a scarecrow to display at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Our school mascot is the penguin, yeah, penguin. That's what the kids wanted and that's what they got. So, our scarecrow was, naturally, a humongous penguin. The kids gave him the name "Lenny". There they are standing proudly with Lenny the Penguin. While we were at the gardens, I was surprised to run into my favorite superhero - Wonder Woman! It was very exciting seeing her in person - a life long dream of mine (not really). I knew she was a skinny, but good grief! Next to me she looks like a stick! LOL! She's been a very busy woman. Who knew she had a baby? Is Superman the dad?