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July 10, 2016
Dear Torah Sister,
I pray your summer is going along wonderfully! I find myself thinking and planning for the upcoming new homeschool year, much to my kids' dismay. They don't get as excited about school supplies as Mommy. I'm sure many of you can relate. The rest of our days are spent swimming and with the recent heat wave, we have spent much time inside with air conditioning!
Here in Mid Michigan we are experiencing a drought and several local cities even had to cancel their 4th of July fireworks. But we know the One who holds back the rain and who brings it again is Faithful!
I have mentioned briefly before that I have a genetic disorder called Stickler’s syndrome. It affects collagen in the body and as a result deeply affects the eyes and the joints. I am 36 years old and have difficulty getting out of a chair without hip and knee pain. It hurts to walk across a room or sleep comfortably at night. It was discouraging to see my hip x-rays a few months ago, and discover that there’s just nothing left cushioning my hip sockets. And I’m the one that has it easiest in my family. My mother and my sister have it far worse.
Why am I telling you all this? I want you to know that I understand chronic health issues. I understand what it feels like to pray fervently for healing, and have YHVH decide to leave this thorn in my side. I truly believe that YHVH cares more about my character than my comfort. I know that Stickler’s is part of my journey and has shaped me and who I have become. I am thankful for that, but I also have to deal with life as a mom everyday, whether I hurt or not. You may be dealing with a chronic health issue as well, and are struggling to keep up with the needs of your family. I have learned a lot about being a mom and having health issues. I hope I can give you some practical help and some hope today. Read More.
A Well-Armed Mother
We wanted to link to an article by Jamie Bauer of AnAmericanHomestead.com. She is a Torah keeper married to Zach of New2Torah.com.
"I am a mother and a gun owner, in that order. I own a gun because I’m a mother. I put this article in the Family Life section of our website on purpose. Does that seem weird? Typically gun articles would fall in outdoors, recreational, or even prepping categories. But when I think about carrying and shooting my gun, one word comes to mind. Family. My husband and my children are the reason that I have my gun and know how to shoot it.
There are some avid women shooters. They enjoy shooting so much that they can’t wait to get to the gun range to practice. But I am not one of them. I can absolutely hit my target, but if given the choice of any activity, I will certainly not choose shooting. It’s actually pretty far down on the list, unless I’m shooting with my husband and then it would move up several places! Despite the fact that I’m not quick to jump at the chance to shoot, I’m still a pretty good shot. Maybe I just had a great teacher! Actually, women are usually better at shooting than men, especially as beginners. They do very well in their first lessons because most did not grow up pretending to shoot like little boys do. They don’t have any bad shooting habits to unlearn." Read more.
A Woman's Walk - Working at Home (Titus 2)
From the 119 ministries blog:
Titus 2:1-5 (ESV) But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 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 not be reviled.
Can women work outside of the home? We often get asked this question in reference to Titus 2:1-5. Let’s look at these verses and see if we can answer this question starting with verse 1. Read more.
Burying Your Talent Means Burying Yourself
I was really inspired by this radio show teaching from Cole Davis.
Our modern word for talent actually is a direct derivative from this Greek word. This Greek word is primarily used in this Chapter of Matthew.A talent is a natural aptitude or a skill. Natural of course means that you are born with this gift. It is something that is freely given. We are all born with something to honor the King. He has entrusted something extremely valuable to each one of us. And the way these things are distributed is not necessarily fair. It is according to His hand and His perfect vision regarding what he sees you doing. We are different because we are created as individuals. In this episode, Cole talks about the nature of our talents as well as the things that keep us from finding our talents. Watch now.
How did Paul and the first Apostles Preach the Gospel?
Zach Bauer shared this video on Facebook this week. This Scot has just published a book about how Paul preached the Gospel using Torah. This is his appearance on Fox News!
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