Archive | March 2012

…thoughts from the other blog…

The Titus Two Project

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

I have not read or seen The Hunger Games, nor do I want to. It’s not just for the sake of rebelling again the tide of popular opinion (although it’s not such a bad side-effect). Honestly, I get a little nervous when I see the “world” hyping something up so much.

I love to read, and have read many books over my lifetime. Some good, some bad; some historical, some not; some godly, some blatantly secular, some with godly elements but not overtly Christian. There are secular books that have intrinsic moral value, and there are Christian books that you only know they are “Christian” because the jacket says so. I tend to gravitate away from books that claim to have some kind of positive social commentary despite a storyline that reads like a…

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I am SO not a morning person.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. (Proverbs 31:15)

I am not a morning person. In fact, my husband once had a ballcap that said, “I didn’t wake up grumpy– she’s stilll asleep”. I might’ve been annoyed and insulted had it not been so true. I will admit, though, that I can and have enjoyed early mornings occassionally. It’s fresh & new, smells good, and is very pretty. Most of the time, though, I subscribe to Christian singer & comedian Mark Lowery’s take on the early hours: “If God had wanted me to see the sunrise, He’d’ve put it at noon.”

I don’t think this verse agrees.

The Proverbs 31 woman gets up early. Early enough that it’s still dark out (and I’m assuming year-round, not just during the winter). Her day starts early, and she gets right to the task of feeding her family and the help (so I’m guessing her “maidens” weren’t kitchen staff).

This seems to go back to industriousness and generosity, but also adds in there nurturing. Most women I know are hardwired to be nurturing, but we can also be selfish, and self-absorbed, not noticing or caring about whether other people have needs, or trying to meet those needs.

So, this woman got up early and prepared breakfast for her family and the help. I’m taking a stab here that it wasn’t a “corn flakes or toast, there’s the bowls and spoons, help yourself” (like most mornings at my house) kind of deal. There was thought and work involved. And she didn’t make them wait til after her first cup of coffee (or tea).

I’m not the Proverbs 31 woman here. I don’t tend to get up before everyone, and breakfast is generally a typical one for this part of the world– cereal, toast, maybe boiled eggs, or muffins– and I make my tea while I’m shuffling around the kitchen bleary-eyed from lack of sleep. I still get teased about falling asleep at the table and having toast thrown at me from the kid in the highchair.

I clearly have a long ways to go before I’m able to live up to verse 15.

Shopping, anyone?

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. (Proverbs 31:14)

When I first looked at this verse, I thought “Costco!” A merchant’s ship holds lots of cargo, and that reminded me of any visit I’ve ever made to that particular warehouse store. We used to live 10 minutes from one, and we always joked that it was the “200 Club” since we rarely ever came out of that place having spent less than that. We have a pretty big family, and buying in bulk is a necessity, albeit one we haven’t been able to do much of since moving. Buying in bulk means two things, if you do it right: 1. you spend less per item, and 2. you don’t run out of things as quickly (thus– theoretically– fewer shopping trips).

I really am not big on shopping. Oh, sure, I love good deals, and I’ve developed a preference for having food in the house… but traipsing around a mall is not my thing. Grocery shopping is a necessary evil. I am more a “search and destroy” shopper, with a well-honed radar to those clearance carts and shelves. I so hate spending money– probably something to do with not generally having a lot of it to spend, and having to spread what I do have around pretty thinly.

So, what does this have to do with the Proverbs 32 woman? I guess the comparison I could make is, what are you willing to do to keep your family fed? Are you willing (/able) to go the “extra mile” (bringing food from afar?) to stay within budget? Do you shop the sales, comparison shop, or use coupons? Can you buy in bulk? Are you willing to get off the couch & out of the house to get groceries? Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone, if it comes to it, and visit a food bank?

A Proverbs 31 woman does many of these things. She shops frugally, not squandering the family’s grocery budget on unnecessary things. She knows the difference between a need and a want, and puts that knowledge into practice. Me personally? I toggle between being annoyingly frugal, and throwing money away on stupid things. I’m somewhat paranoid of running out of milk and toilet paper, but I’ll buy hair dye or junk food.

Excuse me while I go edit my grocery list…

Titus Two Project blog

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This is a brand-new page you can access from the menu under the header. Among other things, it contains the entire KJV text of Titus 2, and explains how that connects to Proverbs 31.

The Truth about Evangelical Christians

*just a rant, not related to my Pr32 study*

Evangelical Christians are not the most popular group to be named among these days. I should know- I am one. We are seen– wrongly or not– as being judgmental and holier-than-thou. In a way, I suppose, that is true to some extent. We know that only faith in Jesus Christ saves one from an eternity spent in a very real place called Hell, a place we are all doomed to by default. We also know that it is sin that puts us there. Society would rather we just keep that to ourselves, though… but isn’t that rather like knowing a huge forest fire is down the road, and travelers telling you they’ll take their chances that gasoline-soaked coveralls will get them safely to the other side, so puleeze, shut up? Yeah… thought so.

The issue of sin seems to be the real sore spot. Our society as a whole is so focused on excusing sin. Whether it’s sexual sin, or any other type of sin, it’s excused– and given another name. Homosexuality? Excused as a “lifestyle choice”. Filthy language (including the ubiquitous 3-letter acronyms)? Excused as personal expression. Drunkeness? Oftentimes excused as “winding down” or “de-stressing”. Regardless of what category of sin we’re talking about, what people don’t understand is that sin ultimately is bondage (and not the type that itself falls under a category of sin), it is slavery. It is good and right to hate sin. Unfortunately, most Christians aren’t very good at expressing this (including me). We usually come across as intolerant, hateful bigots, looking down our noses at anyone who doesn’t measure up to certain standards. And sometimes, we are. Most of the time, though, we’re just really bad at telling people the truth in love. And the truth is– sin is sin. You can call it whatever you want, but it’s still sin. And it separates us from a Holy God. As unfair as that might seem– it’s not. God loved us enough to send His Son to pay with His own blood the death sentence we all deserve. Christ is a gift, but it’s not enough to just know about a gift– for it to be yours, you have to accept it from the Giver. On His terms.

That being said, Evangelical Christians do tend to pick on certain sins– generally ones they aren’t struggling with at any given moment. And yes, we do tend to be judgmental over others struggling with ones we’ve gained victory over or never struggled with to begin with. And most of us have our “pet peeve” sins, the one(s) that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a saved or unsaved person in it, we get on our soapbox. Yes, I have them too. The “How can anyone in their right mind not know this is WRONG???” ones. I won’t list them. Read my blog, tweets, or Facebook statuses long enough and you’ll figure them out.

So… this is essentially the truth about Evangelical Christians: we are horrible at being consistent (like most non- or nominal Christians). We want to do what is right, and pleasing to the Lord, but we suck at it. And really, deep down, we want others to know the incredible gift we’ve been given in the person of Jesus Christ, but are terribly clumsy at expressing it– and pointing out the way to it. We often have the opposite effect, of sending people screaming and running in the other direction (who then get on Facebook or Twitter slamming those intolerant/ narrow-minded so-called Christians). Newsflash: we feel that way about each other, too, sometimes. We tend to go in for the kill when our own are injured or hurting. Yup– we are not perfect (far from it). But, we are forgiven, which makes all the difference in the world.

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Updated the “About” page. Just a bit more rambling about me and this blog.