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A good day!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Camping...

A campfire glows on the banks of the Yukon River


We're going camping this weekend. I'm looking forward to sitting around a campfire. I enjoy gazing into the flames and just letting my mind wander. It's relaxing to me.

There are waterfalls where we are going. I think that will be a neat thing to see.


Waterfall


It will just be nice to spend time with family and enjoy ourselves. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. :) I know I will. I'll update ya'll when I get back. ;)

Lesson 15 on biblical submission...

Proverbs 31:22 - She is Covered!

This Scripture-Picture was lovingly created by
Lori @ I Will Take It Lord, All You Have to Give.


Let's recap what we've studied, meditated on and gleaned from this beautiful, strong and wise, Proverbs 31, Biblically submissive wife so far. She is:

  1. An excellent wife, who's worth is incomparable to anything on this earth, as her value in God's eyes and to her husband and children are held and kept safe in God's Heavenly treasury (Matthew 6:33). She is also a force to be reckoned with and our enemy, the devil knows it and that is why he tries so hard to keep this kind of woman deceived by being "liberated" by the world and all its lies. (v.10)
  2. A woman who's husband is free to be the man God created him to be because she is a woman who regularly exercises self-discipline and welcomes God's pruning shears so that she may bear bigger and more vibrant fruit. She is humble, gentle and kind and allows the work of her hands, done in meekness to speak for her as her full trust and confidence is in Christ her Savior, not in any human being (1 Thessalonians 4:11, James 3:13). She feels no need to defend herself, but is eager and ready to defend the reputation and quality of life, for her husband and children (1 Peter 2:23-3:2). (v.11)
  3. A woman who does her husband good and not harm all the days of her life, but does not rejoice in this. Instead, she rejoices only that Christ is the one who alone is qualified to do anything good, therefore gives Him honor and praise for working this miracle in her life to bless her and her entire household. This kindness of Christ always brings her to her knees where she humbly offers our Lord and King Jesus, praises and holy adoration (Mark 14:3-6). (v.12)
  4. A woman who recognizes that God uses her to warm the hearts of those in her household by blessing her husband with her unconditional love and respect through daily acts of kindness so that he may truly find his home to be his castle - his sanctuary from the world and all that it has taken from him each day. She extends this same kindness to her children and all who are in her household as God also uses her to "cool" and calm the spirits of those he has providentially placed in her life; so that she may be the arms and feet of Jesus (Proverbs 18:22, Acts 9:36, 39). (v.13)
  5. A woman, who like the merchant ships, provides food; good, nutritious food for her entire household. She is wise, efficient and organized. Therefore, she does not spend her husband's hard earned money frivolously, but to demonstrate her gratitude to God for all her provisions, including her husband's job, she is frugal in her spending and plans meals so that nothing is wasted (John 6:12, 1 Peter 4:9-11). (v.14)
  6. A woman who rises with the Son of God. Her heart and mind are guarded in Christ Jesus our Lord because she mediates on His Word, day and night and refuses to entertain idle activities, but only that which edifies her and builds her up in the faith. She is not deceived by Satan to believe it is the hour in which she wakes up that God is pleased with, but in the attitude in which she wakes up is how God is honored (Psalm 1:1-3, Ephesians 5:15-17). (v.15)
  7. Smart and classy. She keeps herself well-informed of all things that are necessary in helping her to buy or sell, keep her home tidy and organized, and whatever work God gives her to perform, whether in her home our out. She faithfully meditates on the Word of God and keeps a watchful eye on her labor to ensure she is not engaged in frivolous activities that only bring her pleasure, but prayerfully seeks God's will in everything she does, to bring honor and praise to His Name because of her work (1 Peter 2:12). (v.16)
  8. Able to dress herself. Not only physically, but more importantly, spiritually. She is fully dressed in the Armor of God and clothed with the Fruit of the Spirit. She finds her full security and source of joy in Christ Jesus alone as she always recognizes that she is betrothed to the Son of God, Who alone is capable of loving her perfectly, and satisfying all her needs. Therefore, when her husband fails her, instead of growing angry or bitter, she falls to her knees and thanks her Heavenly Betrothed One, Jesus Christ, for reminding her that her husband is but a man; a sinner, just like her, and that Christ alone can fulfill her and will never fail her (Matthew 11:28-30). (v. 17)
  9. Immersed in God's Word, as she hungers and thirsts for righteousness. She perceives that the Word of the Lord is a lamp to her feet and a light for her path. She does not foolishly stay up all night working, as she fully understands that it is a gift from God to eat, drink and enjoy the fruit of one's labor; and to enjoy the peaceful rest that God provides. She is a good and faithful manager of her all her God-given gifts, talents and abilities and uses these gifts to bless and benefit all those around her. She wisely recognizes that her Biblical submission to her husband is used by God to woo others to Himself as they stand in awe of the inner beauty she possess - the incomparable beauty of Jesus Christ Himself. (v.18)
  10. A Distaff - a woman who is full of good works and acts of charity. She is well-loved and respected in the Family of God because of her deeds done in love. She does not require nor seek praise from men, as she is fully aware of this entrapment, and refuses to stray from her First Love, Jesus Christ. No, instead, she lives and breathes for the pleasure and glory of the LORD God alone (Galatians 1:10). (v. 19)
  11. A woman who keeps her hands clean with acts of kindness performed in sincere love; and maintains a pure heart by confessing and repenting of her sins so that she may see God. She willingly and lovingly "bends down" to submit to her husband and serve him, just as Christ our God, "bent down" and submitted Himself to earthly authority because He came to serve and not to be served. Then and only then, can she "bend down" to feed others outside her household, who are poor and needy (Psalm 32:3-5). (v.20)
  12. A woman who fears the LORD God Almighty alone, for her hope [trust] is in Christ and His salvation, and not in man, nor any "securities" of this world. Only the LORD God is her portion. She clothes herself and her entire household in scarlet to acknowledge they are of royal heritage (for she herself is saved, and trusts the LORD to save her entire household). They are all doubly clothed: washed with the blood of Jesus, therefore, clothed in the robe of His righteousness and sealed with the Holy Spirit of God, until their bodies are redeemed (Luke 19:9, Romans 2:29). (v.21)
I must admit, when I first read Proverbs 31:22, I was a bit confused. I asked the Lord, "Father, why does she make bed coverings for herself? Why is she clothed in fine linen and purple? Why does she not provide bed coverings for her household? Why is this verse only about her?"

Our glorious and wise Father God, generously answered me, just as He promised:


"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."

~ James 1:5

God reminded me, that because He is not a far off God, but intimate with each of His children, it is important to take note of how His daughters are covered and clothed.

The first portion of this verse says that she makes "bed coverings" for herself. Therefore, let us dissect the use and purpose of bed coverings so that we may better understand the significance of this portion of Scripture.

During the Old Testament times, bed coverings were not limited to what was actually on one's bed, but also included what was around one's bed. Curtains were often used to "cover" [surround] the bed for the purpose of privacy as well as providing additional protection from the elements. And bed coverings were not necessarily used for "common" or ordinary purposes, but were made only for those of royal or noble birth. The bed coverings themselves were beautiful, ornate and often made with tapestry (much like the one in today's Scripture-Picture).

In this verse, we can see that a Proverbs 31, Biblically submissive wife, makes her own bed coverings that are used to both lay over her body to provide her with warmth and comfort, as well as making a curtain that surrounds her entire sleeping area. While this is a physical necessity and comfort for a good nights rest, the spiritual application for this is far more precious. For she not only makes physical bed coverings for herself to ensure a good nights rest, but she also faithfully works out her salvation, as she draws deeper and deeper into the well-spring of Life, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. She doesn't expect anyone else to grow her intimacy with Christ. No, she can dress herself (like we found out in Proverbs 31:17). She does not need to be spoon feed, nor does she require anyone to "prop" her up in the faith. She is committed to be conformed into the likeness of her Savior and she does not need any cajoling or convincing to chase hard after God. She can dress herself. She can handle herself. She can read the Bible herself. And she practices self-discipline, so that she is not a burden on anyone else, but knows to cast all her cares on Jesus first and foremost. Her greatest desire is to remain in Christ and to be covered with His joy and peace that only comes from pure communion with Him.

"In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."
~ Psalm 4:8

"The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake."
~ Psalm 23:1-3

"My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips, when I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night; for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy."
~ Psalm 63:5-7

In these Scripture passages above, we see why a Biblically submissive woman, who is abandoned to Christ alone, can rest and rest well - in peace and with great joy. She is covered! She is covered by the LORD God Almighty Himself, as she takes refuge in Him and never leaves the shelter of His wings!

There is nothing better than to wake up to our awesome Father God, mediate on His Word throughout the day, then end each day with His Word, so that you may rest in His love.

I found it peculiar that this, "hands-on" hardworking woman would be dressed in fine linen and purple. For fine linen, from the worldly perspective, wrinkles easily and really doesn't seem to be something that is well-suited to be worn for a lowly, manual laborer. And then, there's the purple, which is also another color most often used to represent royalty. So how can a "working woman" be dressed in such refined clothing, while engaging in so much manual labor?

The answer is this. A Biblically submissive wife recognizes herself to have been adopted into a royal heritage through the blood of Jesus Christ, therefore, she does what her Master does; she comes to serve and not to be served. She is dressed in purple to denote her royal heritage in the Kingdom of God. Not to lord it over others that she is somehow better or greater than they are. She is dressed the way she is for no other purpose, than to proclaim that she is one with the King of kings, and the Lord of lords - the One and only Son of God, Jesus the Christ.

But there is still the question of why she is dressed in fine linen. The Hebrew word used here, for fine linen is: shesh1, which means: something bleached white, byssus, linen, fine linen.

"Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

'Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure' --

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints."

~ Revelation 19:6-8
(emphasis added)

The Greek word used in Revelatian 19:8 is bussinos2 which is derived from the Hebrew word, bussos3 which means: 1) byssus, a species of Egyptian flax; 2) linen made from byssus, very costly, delicate, soft, white and also of a yellow colour.

Both the Hebrew word shesh, used in Proverbs 31:22 and bussos, used in Revelation 19:8 have the same definition: white byssus, which is a species of the Egyptian flax. From this comparison, we are able to fully comprehend why King Lemuel's mother found it to be significant to mention that this woman, this Biblically submissive woman she desired for her son to seek as a wife; be clothed in fine linen. And we find the significance here in Revelation 19:6-8 as God revealed to the Apostle John that fine linen represents the righteous deeds of the saints.

With everything that we have learned about this woman of God thus far, no one can argue that she is a woman not only of fine stature, but also a woman who beautifully manifests our Lord Jesus' humble, servant's heart.

"who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men."

~ Philippians 2:6-7

In conclusion, she is covered! Covered by the blood of the Lamb of God, that cleanses and purifies her of all her unrighteousness! She is covered! Covered and sealed by the Holy Spirit of God, until the day of redemption! And while, here on earth, she is covered! Covered by her earthly husband God has provided her, to be His hands, feet, and wing of protection from Satan's cunning deceptions. And with great wisdom, she remains in and under all that God has given her as a covering.


Gracious Lord God and Redeemer! Thank You for covering us! Thank You for washing us with the precious blood of Your Holy Son, Jesus, so that we might see Your face and one day, see You in full glory! Thank You for calling us to Yourself and stripping us of our unrighteousness and filthy rags, and clothing us with the righteousness of Jesus - with purity, love, goodness, humility and good works. Whether we clean toilets, wipe our babies' bottoms, cook, or sweep our floors, please Father, help us to remember that it is all for You so that we may not be robbed of our joy. I know if we store all our hope, all our joy and our everything in You, we will not be robbed, for who can come against You Lord and steal anything from You? Create in us, pure hearts, clean hands and Jesus' humble spirit that we may, in all things bring You honor, glory and praise.


Homework:

  1. Continue with your Love Dare Journal. Please be sure not to miss a day or delay in fulfilling each day's love dare.
  2. As usual, look up every Scripture in this lesson and journal all those that apply to you and where you are personally in your walk with the Lord, right now.
  3. Memorize Psalm 4:8, 23:1-3, 63:5-7 and Revelation 19:6-8.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My little helper...

Well, he's not so little anymore. :) He's growing up and wanted to practice mowing some more. It takes me 2 to 2 1/2 hours to ride it. His help today took an hour off that time! Yay! He did a pretty good job, too. ;)




Such determination!


He loosened up and enjoyed it. :)


I am so thankful for him. :)

Lesson 14 on biblical submission...

This one is long, but I think it's really interesting.


Proverbs 31:21 - She Fears God Alone

This Scripture-Picture was lovingly created by
Lori @ I Will Take It Lord, All You Have to Give.



In the beginning of this study (WEEK #2: The Wife and The Rib) you were asked a very important question that you should consider every day of your life: "How will you use the 'power' God gave you, today?"

I pray daily that we will all choose to serve Christ first, by submitting to our husbands, thereby providing protection for them and our entire households from the schemes of Satan. As I have stated in previous lessons, a Biblically submissive wife is no wimp. No, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with; as she must not only carry her own burdens, but that of her husband and entire household; and perhaps, the burdens of other brothers and sisters in Christ along the way. Unlike an un-Biblically submissive woman who has been "liberated" by society through the feminist movement, who, at best carries only her own burdens.

But the Biblically submissive wife, puts her full trust in the LORD God alone, therefore, all her work is good, is blessed and very fruitful. As a matter of fact, her life so overflows with good fruit in Christ, that anyone who is in her vicinity can't help but be blessed themselves....even without her knowledge!

Knowing this, I don't think I prefer to be "liberated" by society's feminists movement; as I find it very suppressive, demeaning, and limits a woman in exercising all her God-given gifts and abilities. I prefer to be a Biblically submissive wife who faithfully exercises the quiet characteristics of all the strong, influential women of Scripture who were so beautiful and precious in the sight of the LORD God Almighty.

I would like to take today's verse and break it down into two very delicious morsels. Are you hungry? Good! Then let's dig into the delectable word or our LORD and feast on His goodness and absolute truth!

First Slice


"She is not afraid of snow for her household," (ESV)

or

"When it snows, she has no fear for her household;" (CJB)1

According to this portion of the verse, a Proverbs 31, Biblically submissive wife, does not have any fear of the winter, or give any honor (reverence) to the cold, or is frightened by anything winter might bring: whether it brings snow, illness, the death of her crops or freeze any or her assets. No, it seems the winter has really no significant effect on such a woman.

Let's dig deeper into God's glorious Word and find out why, she has no fear of the things any average woman would fear.

The word "afraid" or "fear" used here in Proverbs 31:21, is a verb and comes from the Hebrew word, yare' which means: to fear; morally, to revere; caus. to frighten.2

There are other Scriptures that use the Greek noun, phobos which is defined to be the word that: first had the meaning of "flight," that which is caused by being scared; then, "that which may cause flight,".3

As you can see, there is a stark difference between the definition of the Hebrew word yare' used here in Proverbs 31:21, and the Greek word phobos used elsewhere in Scripture. Yare' is used to describe a sense of fear due to awe, which causes a person to desire to draw near and find shelter in that which produced this sense awe. Whereas phobos is used to describe the sense of being scared, not awe, but afraid of some impending doom that it causes a person to "take flight" rather than draw near.

Understanding the definition of the word "fear" is important to note before we examine the verses below that also refer to "the fear of God":


"The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil."

~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
(emphasis added)

All the Scriptures noted above, pertaining to the "fear of the Lord" are so full of God's holy and pure love, they are reassuring, bring comfort and security found only in Christ; reminding our hearts and minds of our Father God's promises only for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord. Truly, there is no higher calling or greater honor in Heaven or on earth, than to be called, the children of the Most High God, and that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

One of the reasons a Biblically submissive wife runs to God instead of running away from Him is because she knows that He is not only Sovereign, but He is also Good! One of the things I daily thank God for, is that He is good! Could you imagine if Satan, who is evil had God's omnipotence? I shudder to even think of such a horror! Which brings me into even deeper gratitude that God is Sovereign AND Good! Is this part of your daily offering of gratitude to God? Because if it isn't, make sure it is now.

As I was studying and preparing to write this lesson, I was also telling God how grateful I am that He is Sovereign and Good. During this time, I was reminded of a movie. The movie is "The Second Chance" (starring, Michael W. Smith). In this movie, we are reminded Who we are serving, and Who we are living for - Christ Jesus, alone. Not for our so-called reputations, not for the applause of men, not for selfish gain and certainly not out of God's divine order of things.

I don't usually quote movies, but this is a great movie about keeping our priorities straight (constantly acknowledging that Jesus Christ is our First Love). This quote comes at the very end of the movie when the Senior Pastor of a mega-church realizes that he has become weak spiritually, and therefore gave Satan a foothold to drag him down to the belief that bigger always means better; that more praise from men, meant greater success; and ultimately the pleasure of men was more important than the One he committed his life; to love and serve, Jesus our Lord. But God is gracious and compassionate and is slow to anger and quick to forgive those who truly repent and seek His face. And when this Senior Pastor does this, God blesses him, by allowing him to clearly see what had become of him. That is when this pastor makes this statement:

"I want to remember what it's like to be that lightening rod; to fear absolutely nothing, but God Almighty."

And this my sisters, is something we should all be able to say.

All the Scriptures we have read in reference to the word "fear" used in Proverbs 31:21, state that a Biblically submissive, Proverbs 31 wife does not "fear" or is not "afraid" of her circumstances, anything or anybody. The Scriptures have made it unequivocally clear that this woman does not give anything or anyone the supreme position in her life, that only belongs to God. She fears God, and God alone; therefore she is secure in all things, regardless of her circumstances. She has learned the secret and blessing of contentment: whether well fed or hungry, in abundance or in need; she is confident that she can do all things through Christ, who alone strengthens her. (Philippians 4:11-13 and 1 Timothy 6:6-7)


Second Slice


"for all her household are clothed in scarlet." (ESV)

or

"since all of them are doubly clothed" (CJB)

Scarlet and crimson were the firmest of dyes, and thus not easily washed out.5 This would explain why Kings and Queens chose to use this red (scarlet) that sometimes looked purple, for their royal robes. It would be clear that it would be most unseeming for someone of royal stature to wear something that would fade. Just as the LORD Himself is dressed in His unfading light, where there is no darkness that can neither affect nor diminish His brilliance; He will also, bestow upon His children unfading crowns of glory when we go Home (1 John 1:5 and 1 Peter 5:4).

Why did King Lemuel's mother decide it was significant to mention that a Biblically submissive wife clothes herself and her entire household in scarlet? The answer is found in the Scripture below:

"but let your adornment be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable [unfading] beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."

~ 1 Peter 3:4
Interestingly, both the curtains for the tabernacle and the veil (that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place) was made of blue, purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. (Exodus 26:1 and 31-34). As we know, the Lord Jesus Christ promises to make the sins, that is like scarlet (not easily washed out), as white as snow (pure) for all who repent and trust their lives to Him.

Can you imagine? Our sins are so disgusting, so putrid, so repulsive, filthy and vile in the sight of a holy and pure God, that the only thing that can cleanse us, is the precious blood of God Himself, fully manifested in the man, Jesus Christ? I know for certain if there was anything else, any other way, our sins could be cleansed, God would have chosen to spare His One and Only Son. As we know, the Son asked, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26:39) And we also know, the Father allowed His One and Only Son to drink the full cup of God's wrath, applying the righteous punishment for the sins we committed, all on the only One who was without sin. Now I see why God had the Prophet Isaiah prophecy that while our sins are like scarlet, He will cleanse us, as white as snow.(Isaiah 1:18) This is why Christ alone, is worthy of all our love, praise and worship.

It is clear why a Biblically submissive, Proverbs 31 wife clothes herself and her entire household in scarlet. According to all the Scriptures we've referenced thus far, regarding the color scarlet, it is evident that she recognizes both she and her household are blessed partakers of royal heritage; and that she possesses an unfading beauty that is so precious to God, the fragrance of Christ permeates throughout her household, bringing life (salvation) into her home. (2 Corinthians 2:14-17)

The CJB version reads: "since all of them are doubly clothed." What does it mean to be "doubly" clothed? And why does one use a double portion of clothing?

Well, to answer these questions in the physical sense; to be doubly clothed simply means to have two layers of clothing to cover a person from cold, from sickness and/or from any exterior elements that may bring harm to a person otherwise. When someone wears two layers of clothing, it is never in usual or comfortable circumstances. No, when someone wears two layers of clothing, it is because they are in unusually cold and/or difficult situations that causes them to require a second layer in order to successfully endure the harsh conditions or exposure to harmful elements.

In the spiritual sense, these questions can be answered for those who are in Christ; have been washed by the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, and sealed with the Holy Spirit until our bodies are redeemed. Therefore the blood of Jesus saves us, and the Holy Spirit of God sanctifies us through and through, keeping us safe and protected from our own sinful flesh, all of Satan's schemes, and the temptations of this world. Thus, children of God are "doubly" clothed, by Christ's robe of righteousness and sealed by His Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 31:21 is a beautiful depiction of a woman who loves and fears God. She stands in awe of His Sovereignty and goodness. Her eyes are fixed on Jesus, therefore the fierce winds of trials and the crashing waves of uncertain times do not shake her, because she knows full well that her life is kept by the Solid Rock - Jesus Christ Himself. Therefore she is free to go on about the work He has given her, during her short visit here.

As we have already seen and will continue to see in Proverbs 31, a Biblically submissive wife, confidently and faithfully goes about her work, with much strength and endurance. She makes sure her heart is well dressed with gratitude, humility, joy and peace. And she makes sure her outer dress matches her inner dress, by clothing herself and her entire household in a manner that signifies that they are all of royal heritage, and well protected as their robes are made of scarlet and are of double thickness.


Lord God in Heaven, thank You for giving us Your Word so that we might find life, prosperity and honor in Your Son. We so desire to bask in the abundant life that Jesus promised us! Prosperity that the world can neither give, nor touch, richness in Christ our God! We want to be adorned with Christ's love and indulge in His intimacy! Oh LORD our God, thank You for your loving-kindness! We are grateful that You are Sovereign AND Good! Thank You for Your gift of repentance that works salvation! Teach us LORD to love others as You have loved us! May all people bless and give honor and glory to the Name of Jesus, because of Your daughters who love You!


Homework:

  1. Continue with your Love Dare Journal. Please be sure not to miss a day.
  2. Look up every Scripture in this lesson and journal all those that apply to you and where you are personally in your walk with the Lord, right now.
  3. Choose 1,2 or 3 of the nine (9) passages of Scripture listed above (in the First Slice) that refer to "the fear of God, then memorize these Scriptures only.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Father/son time...

My husband took our son on a surprise putt-putt golf outing. Hunter loves to putt-putt and they needed some father/son time together.


They had fun and it meant a lot to Hunter. He doesn't get to spend very much "one-on-one" time with dad. He's with me 24/7 because we homeschool. I don't mind it, but he needs to be with a man every now and then. lol. He really enjoys the time he spends with dad.




Dad's are very important. They teach their son's to do all sort's of things like looking nice every once in a while. :)

John Bull, Fathers, Sons Bathrooms Magazine, UK, 1957


And build stuff...

John Bull, Dogs Kennels, Fathers and Sons DIY Magazine, UK, 1959

How to fish...

Silhouette of Father and Five-year-old Son Fishing


How to love...

Love


And being a hard worker...

Work Ethic
Being a father can be a hard job with a lot of responsibility. But, it's worth all the work when you see the results of all the love and lessons. And the goofiness. LOL


I love this man. :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Being a mix of things...

I think of myself as a mixture of a housewife from the 1800's and the 1950's.

Promotional Still Featuring Starlet Acting Like Housewife Preparing Food


Lighting The Stove, 1886



I love to bake from scratch.

John Bull, Cooking Housewives, UK, 1950


I love to take care of my husband and son.

My Home, Husbands and Wives Magazine, UK, 1934



Wife and Home, First Editions Mothers and Babies Housewives Magazine, UK, 1929



Home Making, Housewives Sewing First Issue Magazine, UK, 1932


I wish there were more magazines like this now-a-days. :( I think us housewives need more encouragement to keep doing what we are doing. Making a happy home can be difficult at times. There are a lot of women out there that don't know quite how to accomplish this. Life is so fast paced for most that it makes my head spin. I LOVE my slow paced life. I LOVE living and raising our son in the country.

Vegetables


I love being able to put food up for our family and cooking wholesome meals for them. I couldn't stomach going out to eat most nights and getting fast food. It's just not how it's supposed to be. It's not how God wired me. He put in me an old fashioned spirit with old fashioned morals.

It breaks my heart to see that people don't seem to blush anymore. So many things are permissible. It's hard to watch the world like that. As for my family, we will keep our old fashioned morals, thinking, cooking, loving, work ethic, homemaking, and continue to be God fearing people.

We will continue to enjoy this country life that God has truly blessed us with. I am so thankful that we choose to slow down and enjoy what God has created and not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world.

Days Gone By


Fresh from the Farm

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Goodbye Nutmeg...


My son's (and mine) favorite chicken had to be put down yesterday. It was hard for both of us. She had just started laying and yesterday she ended up egg bound and prolapsed. The egg broke inside her and she started to hemorrhage. It was just me and my son home and we did everything we could for her. We didn't want her to suffer anymore so I put her down. Hunter was visibly upset and so was I. She was such a good chicken. Our favorite right off the bat. She was so lovable and tame. She would let Hunter carry her around and pet her.

I know she was "just a chicken", but she was a pet to us. Hunter learned a lot yesterday about life and death and about how we don't always understand God's plans. He does what His will is and we have to respect that. We don't have to understand it, but we have to honor it.

He is much better today and is happy that Marshmallow (one of our white pullets) is laying successfully. He thanked God for that. So did I.

Lesson 13 on biblical submission...

Proverbs 31:20 - Open Hand, Clean Heart

This Scripture-Picture was lovingly created by
Lori @ I Will Take It Lord, All You Have to Give.

"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my Son.1 The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept burning offerings to idols.

Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them.

I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them."

~ Hosea 11:1-4
(emphasis added)

Please get your Bible and look up this passage in Hosea. Now, take a highlighter and highlight the following:
  • loved him (verse 1)
  • they were called (verse 2)
  • I who taught....to walk (verse 3)
  • I healed (verse 3)
  • I led them (verse 4)
  • I bent down.....fed them (verse 4)
Okay, now take either a colored pencil or an archival quality pen and underline the following:
  • they went away (verse 2)
  • they did not know (verse 3)
Write in your journal or binder, the stark difference the Holy Spirit revealed to you regarding what you highlighted verses what you underlined. Now, examine your own heart and see if you are now, or ever have behaved as Israel did, so that God has or is saying this about you.

The Scripture-Picture that our sister Lori so lovingly made for us today, is a wonderful visual of what a Biblically submissive wife looks like. Look at the hands. They are beautiful, aren't they? They aren't "perfect", but they are clean, well-worked, strong hands, that still portrays the gentle beauty of a woman. Just as our Father God always intended.

Who may go up to the mountain of ADONAI? Who can stand in his holy place?Those with clean hands and pure hearts, who don't make vanities the purpose of their lives or swear oaths just to deceive.
~ Psalm 24:3-4
(CJB)


And what are these clean, strong, and very gentle hands doing? They are pouring out refreshment to those who thirst for something good to fill their mouths, their bodies, their souls, their minds and their spirit. So she takes this clay earthenware, cleans the inside as well as the outside, and fills it with what is good, pure and uncontaminated so that she may offer something good to those who are thirsty. She is ready. She is prepared. And therefore she seeks every opportunity to give to those who are poor and needy. (Galatians 6:9-10)

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us."

~ 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
(emphasis added)

As I have examined my own heart and tested it with the Scripture we read in Hosea 11:1-4, I can do nothing except openly confess that I too have been to God and done to God, all that Israel was and did.

Just like Israel, I have been loved, called, taught to walk, healed and led by God with His awesome grace, faithful mercy, loving-kindness and patience that was fueled by His incomprehensible compassion lavished onto such a rebellious, stiff-necked daughter like me. And what was my response to God for pouring out His glorious riches upon my life? Like Israel, I went away in my pride thinking I deserved such kindness and deserved more, because I was sure somehow, I was so holy, much holier than my husband that I had in a way, earned this unmerited favor I received from the LORD. This attitude, naturally became the poison that defecated the stench of self-glorification. Which led me into the cesspool of "holier than thou" prayers and attitude towards my husband. I was so far into my sin, that I even began to pray and ask God to cause my husband to have an affair so I could divorce him. I felt as if my husband was holding me back because he was not near as spiritual and holy as I was and I felt as if he was keeping me from experiencing the full potential of all that God made me to be.

Being the easily deceived woman that I am, my sin gave Satan enormous freedom to have his way with me. Gratefully, the LORD is God. He is Sovereign and wooed me to Himself - which in the light of His glory, not only was I terrified to be in His presence, but I clearly saw myself as He sees me and cried out as the Prophet Isaiah did:

" 'Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!' "

~ Isaiah 6:5

God so kindly and graciously led me by His Word that if I did not have clean hands and a pure heart, FIRST with my love and devotion to Christ, second to my husband, third to my children, fourth to homemaking, and fifth to ministering to everyone else (in that order), then I would continue to live in the chaotic, unfulfilling, frustrating lifestyle I had created for myself.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones."

~ Proverbs 3:5-8
(emphasis added)

It turned out, it wasn't my husband that was holding me back from experiencing the abundant life in Christ I had always wanted; it was me and my self-centered, self-glorifying and self-deception of who I really was, that was holding me captive. That day, the LORD was kind enough to reveal to me that my husband was not my enemy; no, instead, the enemy, Satan was and still is my enemy. God graciously and gently revealed to me the pain I was feeling, was from the tearing of my body (by emotionally and spiritually breaking my covenant with my husband and God); as I had been made one, in flesh and spirit with my husband in Christ Jesus. The pain I was experiencing was from my own hands, as I would daily rip my arm off and give it to Satan so he could beat me with it. I know Satan has a bag full of tools to beat me with, and after God had revealed this truth to me, I certainly was no longer going to participate in helping my enemy beat me with a part of my own body (my husband) by ripping it off and willingly handing it to Satan. As Scripture says, we are not unaware of the devils schemes.

"so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

~ 2 Corinthians 2:7-11
(emphasis added)

The LORD spoke this truth to me with the above verse, to guide me and lead me in the Way that I should go so that I might truly behave as the "rib" and protect my husband's vigor (his heart) and his atmosphere (his lungs), as we discussed in the lessons in WEEK # 2.

Truths to savor:
  1. Keep God's order of things. Willingly stepping out of God's design, means I am willingly choosing to step outside of His protection; who, on this earth, is my husband. (1 Corinthians 11:3 & 8-10)
  2. Presuming I am more spiritual or more holy than my husband because outwardly, it appears that I spend more time in Scripture, in prayer, volunteering at the church, etc. causes me to give Satan free reign over my mind and heart; returning me back to the Garden where woman was first deceived by the hunger for knowledge and self-rule. (1 Timothy 2:11-14)
  3. If I do well, my husband receives the glory; just as Christ receives his due glory and praise when His Bride does well. (1 Corinthians 11:7, Proverbs 12:4 & 31:23)
  4. If I fail, my husband receives the punishment, blame and shame; just as Christ who is our Husband, took our punishment, blame and shame because He is over His Bride; as the husband is over the wife. Eve sinned first, but Adam was the one God came looking for and Adam was the one who received the greatest punishment: the death of all creation, and spiritual death for all humanity. Eve's punishment only deals with women, and not even all women, as not all women have children or get married. (Genesis 3:6, 9, 16-19) Therefore, how you submit as a wife, strongly affects your husband's relationship with God. You can be like Sarah and encourage your husband to remain intimate with God through your Biblical submission, gentleness, and encouragement when he does well and comfort when he fails. Or you can be like Eve and be used as Satan's tool to wedge a chasm between your husband and God.
  5. A proud, boisterous, self-centered and pretentious woman who does not find herself fully satisfied in Christ, drains her husband and takes up so much of her husband's time, strength and resources, that she completely disables him to draw near to God as she becomes Satan's tool to distract the head away from God so the entire household is in disarray. (Genesis 3:6)
  6. Your children are watching. If you have girls, they will learn from you how to be a wife. And depending on what you teach her through your actions, is how she will learn to either be a Biblically submissive wife which is so precious to God or she will learn how to be a contentious wife that rots everything she touches. (The one time Sarah was un-submissive and attempted to "help God", Ishamael was born, who is the father of the Muslim nation; Rebekah favored Jacob and taught him how to manipulate situations to "help God" fulfill His promises, which taught Jacob to have problems in his own marriages, due to favoritism and manipulation and so on and so on.)
  7. Your children are watching. If you have boys, they will marry a woman just like you. And if you desire for your boys to marry a woman who loves them, Biblically submits to them and gives them honor and respect, then it is advisable that you first do it with your own husband. It is a well-known fact that men who marry opinionated, "bossy" women, were raised by one.
Therefore, how can a Biblically submissive woman open her hand to the poor and reach out her hands to the needy?

  • She must first, clean her vessel inside (her heart),
  • Then clean her vessel on the outside (her actions) as she practices daily sanctification, with repentance by washing herself with God's word.
In order to do this, she must first keep her priorities straight so that she may be fully satisfied in Christ alone. For if she herself is poor (in spirit because of the chaos and separation she has created in her own marriage), and if she herself is needy (because she does not fully satisfy herself in Christ and expects her earthly husband to fulfill all her needs), then how can she offer anyone anything?

Since God alone is good; then anything absent of God is not good. Therefore a wife that does not posses the good gift God gave to all wives, then she can not have anything good to offer anyone else. For one can only share what one already possesses.

For if the Lord our God, "bent down" to feed us yet while we were still so far away, how much more shall we, equal sinners to our husbands, "bend down" and submit to them out of our love and devotion to Christ, our Savior and Lord. Only then, can we "bend down" and feed others.


Lord God, help us to open our hands to receive anything You choose to give us, for everything from You is good. Search our hearts oh Lord, know them, test our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us gracious Father and lead us in the Way everlasting. Purify our hearts and cleanse them with Your word. Help us mighty Father God to clean our homes with Your Spirit so that the aroma of Christ may extend from our home to those outside, in order to save some. Bless our families Father with Your goodness. Protect us Lord from the schemes of the devil and keep us from stepping into foolishness.


Homework:

  1. Continue with your Love Dare Journal.
  2. Look up every Scripture in this lesson and journal all those that apply to where you are in your walk with the Lord, right now. Memorize these Scriptures only.
  3. If necessary, apologize to your husband for any unsubmissive act you've committed or words you have used to burden him so that his thoughts are so consumed with pleasing you, that he has forgotten to please God first.
  4. If you are beating yourself up right now....stop it! God never guilts us, He only convicts us. To discern the difference, read: The Difference Between Guilt and Conviction
  5. Write your husband a love letter, telling him how much you appreciate how hard he works for your family and include any Scripture(s) the Holy Spirit brings to your heart to encourage your husband by sharing how you see God's grace demonstrated through him.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lesson 12 on biblical submission...

Proverbs 31:19 - She's a Distaff


This Scripture-Picture was lovingly created by
Lori @ I Will Take It Lord, All You Have to Give.


I'm sure you're saying to yourself, "She's a distaff? How is a woman a distaff? I thought a distaff was a tool used for sewing? If she's a distaff, does that mean I'm one?" If this is what you were wondering after reading the title, then here are the answers to your questions "Yes.", "Yes.", "Yes." and "Yes, you can be, if you'd like!"

dis'-taf (pelekh): This word occurs once in Proverbs 31:19; "spindle" is found in the same passage. In the Revised Version (British and American) the meanings of the two words have been exchanged. See SPINNING.1

Below are two other sources, for a deeper meaning of the the word, distaff (pelekh):

Easton's Bible Dictionary2
(Hebrews pelek, a "circle"), the instrument used for twisting threads by a whirl (Proverbs 31:19).

Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language2

1. (n.) The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand.
2. (n.) Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively.


I'm sure you've all heard the term "old spinster" used to describe an older woman who is unmarried. Just the thought of the word "old spinster" brings about a picture in our minds of and old woman, with a scowl on her face, who is grumpy and keeps alone due to the fact that everyone annoys her, as she equally annoys them. According to the definitions from above, this term comes from the word "distaff" - as women of old have often been seen to weave threads and make clothing, curtains, or any other item that could be made from wool or flax. But why could such diligently, hard-working women earn such a demeaning and disdaining connotation of the word "distaff" to express her character? How did it come about that such fine women who worked faithfully to clothe others, make bedding and provide coverings for people, end up being referred to as a grumpy "old spinster"?

From the origin of the word "distaff", it is reasonable to conclude that being referred to as a "distaff" or a "spinster" would be a compliment, not an insult. But somehow we find ourselves once again, far removed from the original intent of what God created to be beautiful and encouraging, into becoming something not quite as lovely; once again accomplished by the hands of foolish and ungodly women.

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down."
~ Proverbs 14:1

The Eve complex all women struggle with in our flesh: the desire to be our "own woman" and be our own god, was such a concern, even in the days of the Apostle Paul that the Holy Spirit inspired him to write to Titus exhorting him to ensure that sound doctrine was being taught to all the "old" and "new" Christians in the church; so that the Word of God might not be reviled due to any ungodly living amongst His children. In Titus 2 verses 3-5 the Apostle Paul exhorts Titus to teach:

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may be not reviled."

Originally, to be a "spinster" or "distaff" was a compliment. As those who could both hold a distaff and spindle in her hand had to be strong (physically and spiritually), intelligent, well-skilled, patient and demonstrated much endurance as she completed this arduous task that inevitably was always a blessing to many others. Such a woman is exampled for us even in the New Testament; her name was Tabitha (Dorcas)3.

Let's read a little bit about this spinster, this distaff of old, mentioned here in Acts 9 verses 36b and 39c (to read how God used her life to save others, please read Acts 9:36-43):

"She was full of good works and acts of charity."
"All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them."
(emphasis added)

It is obvious that Tabitha (Dorcas) was a distaff, a spinster. And it is obvious that the thought of her did not bring an image of a grumpy, old, lonely lady into anyone's minds. Instead, when people thought of Tabitha, they smiled, they felt relieved - as if their burdens were lifted, just knowing she was there, near them. And as we read above, she was certainly not lonely. She was well-loved, respected, and surrounded by those who clearly saw the work and character of Christ within her.

There were many women of old, before Tabitha, that gave the name "spinster" a good reputation. And Tabitha certainly upheld the high standard of such a woman who proved: "I can do all things through Him [Christ] Who strengthens me." So, what happened?

Well, the "second wave of feminism" started in the 1960's and bread women like Madalyn Murray O'Hair, as well as the famous case of "Roe v. Wade" which legalized the murdering of unborn children in 1973. It was after this time, that the once well-regarded term used to describe a hard-working, diligent, skilled, single-woman; became known as a "cast-a-way", a rejected single woman that no one wanted to marry, and was left to her meager, diminutive and unimportant job of weaving fine linens to cloth others and provide coverings for people and their households in many other ways. The women who started the feminist movement no longer felt that a woman should be taught to love her husband and children, but was told she should not need a man. She was taught that if she ever chose to have children, they ought to be grateful that someone so smart, independent and strong, was their mother, instead of considering her children to be a blessing to her, and a huge compliment from the Lord Who entrusted her with one of His creation.

The feminist movement taught women many erroneous things about what it means to be a real woman. And that's when Satan won one of his greatest battles, as he re-used the same scheme and temptation Eve succumbed to in the Garden: "you will be like god." (Genesis 3:5) Our enemy, the devil, stripped away the beauty and unmatched essence of a quiet, gentle woman God created in order to help the man remain intimate with his Maker. He did it in the Garden and did it again in the 1960's. And we're still suffering from this deception today. But we don't have to - in Christ, we can prevail as godly women, who truly know and understand the strength it takes to humble oneself to another equal sinner.

God uses the number 40 (in Scripture) as the time of preparation:
  • 40 days and 40 nights Moses was with God on the Mountain to receive the holy Law, the Ten Commandments;
  • God caused the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years to rid them of the stubborn, foolish and rebellious generation and prepare the new generation to obey God as they inherit the Promised Land;
  • Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted for 40 days and 40 nights by Satan before the Lord Jesus would begin His official ministry of reconciling sinful man to holy, Father God;
  • and for us as mothers, we carry our children in our womb for 40 weeks, before the child is ready, is prepared to take his/her first breathe on his/her own.
Becoming a Biblically submissive wife is not an overnight occurrence. If it were so, then it would also only have an overnight stay. And this is surely not God's desire. For the works of God are everlasting and grow more and more beautiful as time passes - instead of springing up only for a moment, then fading away as quickly as it came. (Matthew 13:20-22) May we, as daughters of the Most High God, never have hearts that are as hard as rocks, nor allow the cares of this world (busyness, even in with "good" things) cause the word of God spoken to us to be chocked out; causing us to become ineffective and unfruitful.

Our God is patient, and He takes His time molding, pruning and refining His beloved children. For as we all know, the things that take the most time, effort and labor, are the things we treasure the most.

Therefore, I have a 40 day challenge for you. For the next 40 days:

  • Read your Bible a minimum of three times a day. Why did I choose three? Because that's how many times a day we spend feeding our physical bodies that are fading away. Therefore, should we not then, invest at least as much, if not even more in feeding our spiritual bodies that will live forever? (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Besides, if you're doing this study faithfully, then you will have no trouble meeting this portion of the challenge as God has so chosen to saturate this study with His Word; for which I am eternally grateful.
  • I challenge you to take the Love Dare 40 Day Journey (I will be too. Click the link to find out how you can purchase the Love Dare Journal) in conjunction with doing this study. The Love Dare challenge is not only for marriages that are "on the rocks", but even for those marriages who are founded on The Rock, Jesus Christ. As wonderful as my marriage is now, I know that if I don't continue to work at it, it won't always stay this way.
  • Faithfully do this study, do not let Satan distract you from accomplishing the one thing God uses to demonstrate to the world how awesome it was that Christ, Who Is God, submitted Himself to the Father and sacrificed Himself for the salvation of the world. (Philippians 2:6-8). According to Scripture, as wives, we are the tool God uses to share this glorious truth and His miraculous work among sinners; for as the Son and Father are equal in nature (God), they have different roles to fulfill - so too, while husbands and wives are equal in nature (sinners), we have different roles fulfill as well. Let nothing distract you!
  • Love the sisterhood and extend encouragement, prayers and every expression of agape love to demonstrate your gratitude to God for His gracious outpouring of loving-kindness to you.
  • Pray without ceasing, with thanksgiving in all things. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 & Philippians 4:4-7)

Gracious Lord God, please help us and protect us. Keep us from worldly cares, or the deception of even the "good" things that might swallow up our time so that we have no time to spend intensely with You. Keep us from being daughters that only express love to you and others with our lips, but with hearts that are far from you, as our actions prove opposite of our words. Help us Lord to lead our emotions, instead of allowing our emotions to lead us. As we know that our hearts are truly deceitful and wicked above all things, and only You holy Father, know it and can purify it. Blessed be Your glorious Name Father! Cover us with Your wing as we strip ourselves naked, making ourselves vulnerable, so that we might be more easily conformed to the likeness of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank You gentle and kind Father. Thank You that You hear the prayers of Your children. Thank You that You love us perfectly. I humbly and gratefully come to You, in the name of our blessed Savior, Jesus.



This shows a few reasons why I am against feminism. I think it is a detriment to our society to think we don't need a man. God created us to be helpmeets and we should honor and fulfill that. There is a reason God set up the headship order. It is to emulate the order between us, Christ, and God.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chickens...

Here's a video I made today. Don't laugh. lol


The help of friends...

You may remember the window I broke a while back with a wood chip from the lawnmower.




Well, we finally got a new window to put in and some friends came to help us put it in.

My husband is off to the right side and you can't really see him. lol. (From left to right--Bob, Thad, Hunter, Ryan) After they took out the old window.


There he is in the long sleeved grey shirt. :) Handsome, eh? lol



What great helpers!



It's finally in! The windows on this one open. I kinda like that. We now can get a breeze from the dining room to the kitchen. :)



Now we have to do the finishing touches like trim and such. But it went in with no major catastrophes and we're happy about that! Glad to have friends to help. :) God has blessed us with good friends.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hunter's doctor's appt...


Our son, Hunter, went to church camp last week. On Friday he was in chapel and he told the leader he was lightheaded. He ended up blacking out and was very incoherent. He was shaky and weak with a heart rate of 52. They gave him juice and crackers and he perked back up. I am taking him to the doctor today to see if it was a blood sugar problem or his heart. (He has a MILD case of tricuspid valve regurgitation) I am thinking he may be hypoglycemic. I am and both his grandma's are. It just made me a little nervous. :) So hopefully we find some answers today. :) I will post an update when I have one. I appreciate any prayers.

*UPDATE* They tested him for diabetes today and it was negative. Woohoo! They said it wasn't his heart, but we should keep an eye on his blood pressure to make sure it isn't running too low. They diagnosed him with hypoglycemia. He has to have snacks available at all times now and should eat more protein. I can do that! :) Thank you for the prayers!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A wonderful surprise!


A couple of our girls was making this sound today.


It made me go check to see if there was an egg. There was two! :) I was pretty egg-cited! lol. I felt like I found a treasure. They are 19 weeks old. They are growing up. *tear* lol We will have all brown eggs. Which I like just fine. :)


Here they are playing in the yard and enjoying some watermelon. So fun.





Friday, July 17, 2009

Making strawberry jam...


Strawberry Jam

5 c crushed strawberries
1/4 c lemon juice
1 box pectin
7 c sugar

Mix crushed strawberries with lemon juice. Gradually add pectin. Heat on high heat until you have a full boil. Add full amount of sugar at once. Bring to a full boil and boil hard for one minute. Remove from heat and skim foam. Process in water bath canner for 10 min.

Boiling the water for the jars. (Seems like it takes forever! lol)


Doing the "constantly stirring" thing. :)

Ladling up the jam into the jars.


Jars in the canner.


The final product. :) Yes, I am aware of the "fruit float." This can be common. It always is with me. lol It just means my fruit was lighter than the jell. It will just need to be mixed together when opened. :) Mmmmmm!

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