Thursday, December 31, 2009

Duty Simplified

Reading in Baxter's "Christian Directory" this a.m. about his description of what a typical day should include for any Christian seeking to live out what he believes. Came across this that sums up my thoughts for the past year: "Love is called the fulfilling of the law, Romans 13:10, because the love of God and man is the soul of every outward duty..."

I keep telling my children that love is the highest virtue, out of it comes all other acts of goodness. Love is the key. The grace of God unlocks our ability to love and then love becomes our highest calling each and every day both in our family life and with those that God puts in our way. Our highest calling is NOT personal peace and prosperity. Love is the soul of every outward duty. I pray that we can make that our focus as the new year dawns.

----posted by Queen Lucy

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Reformation Legacy

Today as we remember the first Thanksgiving, as Christians we need to also be grateful for the legacy of the Reformation. Without the Reformation, there never would have been a Pilgrim feast that day. Why? Because without the Reformation, those Pilgrims would not have been Separatists, people who believed the the Word of God held all authority over their life. Their belief was revolutionary!!! To think that a man, family, or body of believers could know God's Word and act upon it outside of THE CHURCH or THE STATE was not allowed or accepted. Yet once they had the Scriptures, (which in the Pilgrim's case was NOT the KJV but rather the Geneva Bible or perhaps Wycliffe's) in their own language, the Pilgrims as well as thousands upon thousands like them in all of Europe had the precious treasure of God's own words in their hands. (Remember Luther had translated the Scriptures into German).

This meant that all the centuries of religious leaders teaching for doctrines the commandments of men could be understood in light of Matthew 15. There Jesus confronted the Pharisees about how they were doing the exact same thing. The Pharisees were using man's traditions and customs passed down through generations and teaching them as doctrines of the faith. Christ in so many passages of the gospels made it clear that God's Word held all authority over man and his ideas about how to worship and obey Him. When ordinary people began to read God's Word and to know for themselves the love, grace, and forgiveness of their God and Saviour, they wanted free from the bondage of men's traditions and teachings that enslaved them to the Church or State. They understood that there was "...ONE mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus..."(1 Timothy 2:5) They understood that finally, they did not have to be good enough, richer, holier or do more penance to be saved or to worship God rightly. They were accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)

What men like Luther, Calvin, Knox and so many others did was establish once and for all that God's Word was the ultimate authority for our lives, not men or institutions. They taught that Scriptures did not negate rulers in the civil or ecclesiastical realm, but even those rulers had to subject themselves to God and to His Word. Kings, queens, cardinals, popes, and bishops all understood what the implications were and tried to suppress the Word being printed and the principles of it being taught. They murdered men, women,and children in their efforts at keeping the Word of God from the people and maintaining independent control of the masses.

The legacy of the Reformation is what brought Pilgrims, Puritans, Hugenots, and many many others to our shores. That is what makes it so that no ONE Church or denomination can honestly claim that they are the ONE TRUE CHURCH with the only way to heaven or salvation or holiness. God's Word is our truth and authority. All of us, no matter where we are doctrinally, in maturity, or in circumstances should read it, study it, learn it, and apply it to all of our life as God gives us grace. Submitting to what we find there in fear of God, not man. That is what we are remembering today as we give thanks, not just for today, but for generations of Christians before us and for generations after us to have the truth of God's Word to rule their lives.

"I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name." Psalm 138:2

----posted by Queen Lucy

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Biblical Economics Revisited

One of the reasons we home educate is so that we can teach our children to sift through the mass of cultural lies and THINK in a way that lines up with the Bible. The Bible is applicable to ALL areas of life, not just worship service on Sundays. There are answers in Scripture for all issues of life and civilization. Somehow it seems that Christians, even homeschoolers, have missed the boat on learning what the Bible says on the economy of a people or nation.

So, once again in my feeble effort to state what seems obvious to me, here goes: The government does not produce any wealth. It only, simply and clearly, consumes it or redistributes it. Bigger government, security from cradle to the grave is called fascism, socialism, communism, or more directly TYRANNY. Any attempt at creating a profitable venture by the government has been a HUGE failure. (See Glenn Beck's book "Arguing with Idiots" for an analysis of Amtrak or the U.S. Postal service)

Any time a Christian person (or anyone for that matter) takes money from the government that he or she did not earn by an honest day's labor, that person is breaking the commandment "Thou Shalt Not Steal". This include money for your child's education, food or formula, Social Security--above what you paid into the system, unemployment, cars, appliances, or putting in new windows in your house!!!! When a person does take this money, they might as well march on over to my house and demand that I pay for it for them. It would be more direct and truthful. But, instead, we hide behind the government's forcible stealing of our neighbor's labor to pay for what we do not want to work for ourselves. For those truly needy people, the church and its elders should tend to them, but only with accountability so that the church is not being fleeced either.

This does not mean, that you cannot work for the government, if God calls you to it. However, even that has to be considered carefully. Yet there again, the person should be putting in a hard day at work to earn the pay that had to be taken from tax payers and be a faithful servant in that position so that they can be fulfilling what God is requiring of them in that job.

We live CORAM DEO, before the face of God. We need to stop drinking at the spigot of government programs and handouts and greed and start paying the double duty of repentance. Homeschoolers of by gone days (like 20 years ago) used to understand this. We paid taxes for our neighbors to send their children to government schools and then paid for our own child's education within our home. Now other homeschooler's are making us pay for their computers and curriculum too. Enough already. Enough. Repentance is when we stop doing the wrong things and turn and do the right things. When we start doing unto others the way we would want them to do unto us. When we consider the other person's interests more important than our own. When we start to love our neighbor as Christ commanded.

---posted by Queen Lucy

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Conforming to His Death

For those struggling with difficult circumstances, this profound prayer from 17 year old Lady Jane Grey written before her beheading in 1554: (I read this in one of my favorite books by Elisabeth Elliot, "Keep a Quiet Heart", pp. 91-92)

"O merciful God, be Thou unto me
A strong Tower of defence,
I humbly entreat Thee.
Give me grace to await thy leisure,
And patiently to bear
What Thou doest to me;
Nothing doubting or mistrusting
Thy goodness towards me;
For Thou knowest what is good for me
Better than I do.
Therefore do with me in all things
What Thou wilt;
Only arm me, I beseech Thee,
With Thine armor,
That I may stand fast;
Above all things taking to me
The shield of faith;
Praying always that I may
Refer myself wholly to Thy will,
Abiding Thy pleasure, and comforting myself
In those troubles which it shall please Thee
To send me, seeing such troubles are
Profitable for me; and I am
Assuredly persuaded that all Thou doest
Cannot but be well; and unto Thee
Be all honor and glory. Amen."

-----posted by Queen Lucy

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Defiance Review

Defiance is based on the true story of four Jewish brothers, though the movie focuses on the three older brothers, living in Nazi occupied Poland. The Nazis are slaughtering Jews at the time and the brothers go into hiding in the forest after their parents are killed. There they start a resistance and soon they are leading and building their own village and community in the forest after more people join them.

This movie shows a lot about the responsibility of leadership and the selfishness of people under someone’s leadership. As with Moses and the Israelites, most of the people under the leadership of Tuvia, the oldest brother, complain and want everything done for them. They don’t understand the burden on their leader, who is responsible for all of them and doing his best to keep them all alive. In his job as their leader, Tuvia sacrifices of himself and shows Christ through his serving.

This movie also shows the importance of teamwork and family. After having a division of the brothers at one point, it takes all of them coming together and helping for them to escape the Nazis. The story also shows God’s providence in putting those brothers there to help and lead those other people. They saved more than 1200 other Jews by their actions. This movie is for mature audiences only as it is rated R for violence and language.

Posted by ME

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Email Updates Change

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Friday, September 11, 2009

JODI PICOULT’S WORKS: The Modern American Life without God

Dear -,

I wanted to thank you so much for all the books that you’ve lent me to read. They have all been an interesting new challenge.

As we seem to hardly ever have time to discuss the books you’ve lent me, I’m wondering if you would mind a written discussion? I would especially love to talk over the Jodi Picoult books. I think that her style of writing is extremely engaging. She has also managed to capture people in their raw state with all of their involved emotions. She had me wanting to find out what happened to her characters.

But by the closing chapter, I felt rather empty, rather as though it was all vain. It seems that none of the characters in her book had any real answers and had not grown in anyway. They seem to have been lost in sorrow and failings.

The world depicted in her books gives no hope for the morrow, no encouragement for its inhabitants. There is only anguish and pain with no fulfillment in the end. How can one believe that that is all there is to life?

Do you feel that the world presented in her books is the real one? One that seems rather hopeless, almost as though we have no purpose in this world except to suffer or cause pain to others or even ourselves? There was so much pain in her novels that no one understood that they had any responsibility for or believed they had caused. Is this the way that life is or even ought to be? If we have no hope, no responsibility, no purpose, than what is the point of life?

Ought we not to be asking something more of our literature, of our authors? Anything that promises so much, yet leaves with so little should be quite the disappointment to any reader. I so wish that she had been able to communicate to the world the truth, beauty, and goal of life that is achieved through sorrows, hardship, and even sin. Had she been able to do so, I feel she would have had so much more of an impact with her books. An impact that would have given so many in the world answers to their own struggles.

Her problem is in the fact that she leaves God out of her equations. When there is no God, there can be no hope, no answers, no real life. People and characters are left empty and unfulfilled. If Jodi Picoult had managed to even give a small glimpse of God in her books her characters would have had so much more vibrancy and triumph over their pain, even when it seems that there is no victory.

If we can be satisfied with a world without God, even in our fiction, what else are we just getting by with? God gives us purpose and meaning even to the horrible tragedies that occur in life. When the world exists to give Him glory and to fulfill His unfathomable purpose, even the horrible events that occur are used to bring about His ultimate end for the world.

I do appreciate the loan of the books, but I do so wish that she had a better worldview presented in her books. I hope that you can understand all human need for God, because we were created for Him and by Him.

Thanks so much,

Lady Tinidril

Please note: The books that I read and am referring to are: 19 Minutes, Keeping Faith, and Handle with Care all by Jodi Picoult. I understand that she also wrote the book that is the basis for the movie My Sister’s Keeper. As I’ve not seen or read either, I would recommend extreme caution when reading or seeing either based on her other works.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Baxter Meditations

Another of my favorite authors is the Puritan Richard Baxter. Here a quote from his "Christian Directory" that I have been chewing on this week.

"Labour more to accommodate your habitation, condition, and employments to the great ends of your life and time, than to your worldly honour, ease, or wealth."

---Queen Lucy

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Child Training 102

Last week I promised to write my general thoughts on child training for my physical therapist and his wife. They are two years into the parenting journey and are starting to be struck with the enormity of the task before them. So, here are what the basics are to me, take it or leave it, but thanks, Cory, for the pain relief, it has been a HUGE blessing to me (and to my family).

1)Foundations: Like any building project, a life and family have to have a foundation. There are two types of foundations you can use. (Arguments for more exist, but I only think there are two.) A Christian worldview is what the caer has. This means that you believe that God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth and all that is in them, actually created man and has given us a manual for understanding man,his condition, and how to train up children too. A Humanist worldview is the antithesis and means that you believe man is the center of the universe and basically good in and of himself. I do not mean to be simplistic, just wanting to point out that many people do not recognize they have, perhaps by default, already chosen the foundation of their lives and family. It is important to know which one you are operating on and which one you are going to build upon.

2) Training Yourself: While I know very extensively the child training methods and results of the humanist worldview, I cannot recommend them because it has pretty much given us the self centered and self-focused culture that we live in and my goals are very different. In a previous post, I mentioned that our goal for child training is a faithful, self-governed adult with a magnanimous spirit. This means, that the most difficult part of child training for any parent is disciplining themselves. You need to labor to be what you wish your children to become. You also need to train yourself to train them. For instance, if you are busy in the kitchen trying to put the finishing touches on dinner before your husband gets home and you can hear Johnny and Susie in the living room having a disagreement, you need to stop what you are doing and go deal with it, not just holler at them from the kitchen. Things like that. Sounds easy in theory, more difficult to practice. (Dads are great at being oblivious to children's squabbles and fathers need to work harder at making themselves respond.) Also training yourself means to never respond with anger or having lost your temper. Dealing with your children in a matter of fact way is far more effective and you can think while you do it. (Although if you happen to blow it, asking forgiveness from your child is an important training situation too.)

3)Training Your children: When it comes to verbs, training is an active one. You cannot just go about it in a haphazard fashion. Educate yourself with God's instructions on child training. Then start with a list, usually of what you do or don't want your children doing. We have 2 lists. Our first list is God's laws. The children must not lie, try to harm each other with words, deeds, or equipment! They must honor and obey their parents, they must not steal or give false reports (tattletale). And so forth. Our second list is house laws. These are things that their dad and I decide on the order of our household. Many of these we still are working on, like: if you use dad's tools you have to put them away once you are done! No running on the stairs. No throwing objects in the house. You may not interrupt while mother is on the phone unless someone is bleeding seriously. This second list evolves often when we realize something going on is driving us nuts and needs to be addressed. Sometimes we realize it is a courtesy issue that we have not taught the children yet, like asking to use your siblings things before you pick them up.

When it comes to child training you are going to have to learn enforcement. This is a big politically incorrect area, I know, but nevertheless after watching "The Nanny" tell parents to spend 6-8 hours trying to get a child to sit in one place I have to say this. God says that loving chastisement is the best way to train your child to righteousness. You want your child to act right, then you are going to need to learn to give them a spanking when necessary. We have a process in our house where this is carried out and it is usually given in private, after a major infraction of God's laws (like lying) and then we give comfort and pray with that child so they can also know the forgiveness that is ours in Christ Jesus. So, there I have said it. The controversy comes with parents who do not know or understand the loving nature of this type of training and have listened to way too much humanistic philosophy on this matter. Generations of American were raised this way and we had way less crime, corruption, and violence in our streets. Time has proven that the humanistic methods do not produce self-governed, giving, caring adults or society.

4) Fellowship: By far the best thing you can do to train your child is to have daily ongoing fellowship with them. Do not choose "quality time" over "quantity time". Children need secure relationships with you and that takes a lot of time every day. They need you, your humor, your laughter, your love, your playfulness, your joy, your answers to their very serious questions about why, they need you to play Candyland with them for the fourth time, ride that roller coaster with them for the tenth time, listen to their crazy ideas, build play dough sculptures, and read great literature together. When they get interested in rockets (and you are not), get interested in rockets for their sakes. Lay down your life for them and they will have a daily picture of Christ that they will embrace wholeheartedly.

That's my "nutshell". Favorite books besides the Scriptures: "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp, "Hints on Child Training" by H. Clay Trumbull. There are lots more books but these are a good start. Blessings on everyone laboring in the most rewarding work you will ever do: parenting.

---Queen Lucy

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sheer Numbers

Last week I was blessed to travel with my husband to a work meeting he had in another part of our state. There we attended a reception for local dignitaries and politicians. At that reception we were introduced to an elderly couple, the husband was the mayor of a nearby town. It was brought to their attention that we had nine children. Instead of the usual look of shock we normally get, this couple's eyes lighted up and they smiled. They said, "We have nine children too." In the course of conversation we found out that they also have 57 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. I was amazed and realized they have over 100 living descendants that they have lived to see enter the world.

The next part of the conversation was insightful. As they spoke with a third couple at the table, they laughed and said, "We have enough for another settlement. We have a doctor, a lawyer, and mechanic, and more." See, this couple was Mormon, Latter Day Saints (LDS). They have a vision, a perspective that they are to multiply and take dominion. They have practical ideas and plans in motion to do just that. We have lived near or around LDS communities on and off for over 20 years and we have been exposed to them, their doctrines, their family lives, and their accomplishments.

Now, do not get me wrong. We are diametrically opposed to the doctrines and teachings of the LDS church. They are not Christians, though they claim that, and they are especially not Trinitarian. But my husband and I talked about what they are good at that Christians should learn from. They are good at building community. I have seen towns they have built out of the desert where there is now a green lush, productive place. They are good at reproducing themselves and seeing generations rise up after them to carry on their beliefs. They encourage their young people to marry young, to bear children, to be productive, and to be faithful to their religion. You have to admit they are way better at this than most Christians. We are not united. We cannot build community. We certainly have not taken a barren place and made it into a productive land for a very long time. We encourage our young people to "find themselves" first and delay childbearing. And we certainly are failing miserably at reproducing generations that carry on the truths of Scripture.

They will surpass us by sheer numbers. Between them and the Muslims, Christians will be a minority worldwide, if we are not already. This fact alone makes me want to shake those Christians who say they are being "wise stewards" by limiting their family size. I did not hear that older couple once complain about the expense, or time, or labor, or lack of retirement funds they had to endure to raise up those generations. Instead of shaking anybody, I will pray and beseech God that He will grant us 100 plus living descendants who are faithfully serving Him. I will ask that God grant us faithful descendants down to a thousand generations. And I will pray that He will bring back the vision to His people to do what we should have been doing with all our wealth in this country by multiplying and taking dominion.

---posted by Queen Lucy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Sky is Red

After a two month break from our blog (ALL of us have had so much on our plates!) I am starting up with a quote from Geoffrey Bull's third book, The Sky is Red, on his experiences and meditations during a three year imprisonment at the hands of the communist Chinese. I never get tired of his provoking thoughts on God and what our attitude should be toward Him and our commitment to Him.

"Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple...Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.....
Until we accept this criterion of discipleship we cannot know in experience the reality of His Answer. Whilst we cling to ourselves and the things we have gathered around us, we continue cluttered with our problems. When all is relinquished and we launch out in faith then we are free."

---posted by Queen Lucy

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Man Hunting is NOT a Virtue

Proverbs chapter two says, “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil…to deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words, who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.” Proverbs reveals further descriptions of an immoral woman: her lips drip honey, her mouth is smoother than oil, she has a flattering tongue, she is so beautiful men are tempted to lust after her, she allures with her eyelids, she preys upon men, she wears clothing designed to attract men, she has a crafty heart, she can be loud and rebellious, she likes to be out and about, and she is very good at enticing speech that causes her prey to yield to her.

While many of us would say that this is describing harlots, prostitutes parading the streets of some inner city, those of us who have seen that lot can tell you that they are not exceedingly beautiful. Solomon was trying to teach wisdom, not how to spot the obvious. Solomon was trying to teach how to recognize the crafty heart of a woman. To a certain degree, he was trying to show what a man hunter looks like. Hunting is "to search for, seek out, to search thoroughly in pursuit of something, to chase game for food or sport." If a lady of any age is hunting man, she is diligently chasing her game. She spends time and money on getting the attention of men. She chooses her clothing on what will put her in the best light. She lays the bait in her attire, her speech, her mannerisms, her adornments, her actions, and her activities. She searches out exactly what will make her a successful man hunter.

Many young women practice this until they learn just how to man hunt effectively to get the desired results. They are filled with lust of wanting to be desired. They learn how to flirt and get the attention they long for. They love the attention and the power it gives them over their prey. They follow a "catch and release" pattern. Sometimes they enjoy a "cat and mouse" game where they toy with their victims. More serious ladies are out for a man to call their own and will work at it until they ensnare their prey.

To a great degree, man hunting is practiced and tolerated in conservative Christian circles and it seems that people turn a blind eye to what is going on. I have watched young women who are dressed with everything covered and yet are, nevertheless, experienced man hunters. They know how to work a room to achieve their goal: attention.

Several years ago, my daughter would go and visit with some acquaintances after church services. She would often return very quickly after she had left. When we asked her why, she replied that one girl in the bunch would always suggest they go and talk with the guys, especially one guy. The girls were between 12 and 14 at the time. That one girl had already achieved status as a practiced man hunter. Our daughter knew that boy chasing, man hunting, seeking out attention was not our standard for her. She wisely turned away.

Through her teenage years our daughter endured constant criticism from others who were determined to have all the attention. They did not like that she refused to participate in their habitual man hunting excursions. As we have had more children enter these years, we regularly see our children continue to labor to walk down the road of keeping their eyes on Christ and pursuing holiness in their thoughts and behaviors. Friends that they have had, divert and choose the attention seeking, man hunting route. It almost always starts to happen as they mature and we go through the Scriptures again to remind ourselves and them, that this lifestyle pursuit of lust is NOT what God outlines.

What we want our daughters and our sons to have is a Biblical perspective of what a virtuous woman is truly like in appearance, deed, and thought. She may be exceedingly beautiful, but she is not working the room to draw attention to herself. She may be stunning, but she does not labor to grab every man's heart to herself. She will not take the initiative in pursuing any man. She will treat men in conversation and action as her brother in Christ, pleasantly and with respect and polite conversation. Her eyes are on Christ, on serving, on a greater prize. She does not, like the immoral woman of Proverbs, forget the covenant of her God. She remembers that no husband is better than a bad one and that God will provide her a man after His heart, not one who is hungrily enjoying being pursued and letting a strange woman toy with his eyes, affections and senses.

We wish more parents would have a vision of this and teach it to their children. We wish more parents would see that no where in Scripture does it list as a quality of a virtuous, godly woman: expert man hunter.

----posted by Queen Lucy

Monday, May 11, 2009

This Little Piggy

Look what we have in the caer yard!!!! They arrived Saturday after a stressful day. I call these our "institutionalized" pigs because they came from Washington State University. One is a Duroc with floppy ears. The smallest is a male and he is busily explaining to the rest of the pigs that he is a force to be reckoned with!! Come by and see them if you can.

The boys are putting on sunscreen because the pigs' skin sunburns easily. The squealing was so loud during this process! What an adventure.

----posted by the Caer Clan

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Julius Caesar

This is a play written by William Shakespeare It is believed to have been published in 1599.
Julius Caesar has just killed Pompei and Pompei’s three sons Caesar is asked to be king but rejects. Two men called Brutus and
Cassius are plotting to assassinate Julius Caesar because they were loyal to Pompei and dislike Caesar. They get a gang of men and ask Caesar to come to the capitol the next day.
At Caesar’s house, his wife
Calpurnia has a dream of men bathing in Caesar’s blood. When she gets up she tells Caesar not to go to the Capital and tells about her dream. When Casca (a part of the plot) comes in to ensure Caesar goes to the Capitol, Julius Caesar tells Casca his wife’s dream. Casca interprets the dream into a good one. So Caesar goes to the Capitol of Rome.
When Caesar gets to the Capitol, he talks to Brutus. Everyone starts stabbing Caesar and he dies. Antony, who loves Caesar and was always close, is very mad and angry with Brutus so he collects an army.
When Brutus stands before the crowd, he tries to make it look like it was a good thing to kill Caesar. Then Antony, Caesar’s faithful friend, stands before the crowd and reads Julius Caesar’s will. Antony says that what Brutus did was wrong but is an honorable man. This stirs up the crowd so they are now mad at Brutus and Cassius. Antony and Brutus go to war. A messenger lies to Brutus and says that they are losing the war. So Brutus asks a man to kill him. Thus Caesar is avenged.
This story shows that you always reap what you sow and that God is always there and sees all. It also shows that men should listen to their wives. It also shows planned murder cannot be excused for sins.
---posted by Hero

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Guns for General Washington

Early one morning the sound of musket fire cut through a sleeping camp. Colonial soldiers tumbled out of their shelter, weapons ready, and raced toward the palisade . One of the men was William Knox who was hoping to see action. He was excited as he joined the others on the firing line.

The news spread quickly that the British had tried to sneak up to the rebel forces in the fog, but a lookout had spotted them and opened fire and some others had joined in. The British had given up and gone back to the barge and escaped. Everyone went back to bed, but Will was too excited to go back to sleep. It was October and Will had just joined the Continental Army. His father was dead and his older brother was a trusted officer on George Washington's staff.

General Howe was a British General and he was mad because he did not have enough men to go attack the Patriots. Reinforcements were on the way. When they got there, he would destroy the rebels' army.

George Washington was in a fix as well. He did not have enough guns and powder to get the redcoats out of the harbor. His spies told him that the redcoats had reinforcements on the way. He did not know what to do.
Colonel Henry Knox had an idea. He presented it at the War Council. The Idea was that since there were guns and ammunition at Fort Ticonderoga, he would go there and bring it all back to Cambridge. Many said that it was impossible because it was almost winter, but Washington told Henry to go ahead and try. So Henry took his younger brother Will and they set off towards Fort Ticonderoga.

When they got there, they hired men to help them take the guns to Cambridge. They put the guns onto boats to cross the lake. The way was very difficult, but they finally made it to Cambridge. After they got there, in the cover of darkness, they built a small fort on the top of a tall hill and took the guns up there. In the morning, they began to shoot at the British. The British fired back, but the could not shoot up the hill; their guns were useless. The Patriots ran the British out of the harbour and Colonel Knox was a hero.

---posted by Princess Ann

Monday, April 13, 2009

God Holds the Key

From this morning's reading of Geoffrey Bull's second book "God Holds the Key". He is talking about the prostration of our soul in worship of God.

"Worship is not in the mumblings of our lips or the repetition of prayers, but surely in this prostration. The invitation is to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness...'O come let us worship and bow down', the psalmist sings and yet just there it is that our difficulties begin. We are not accustomed to this posture of the spirit. Our way in the world is to rule where possible. Submission is irksome. Our ambitions are largely looking for an increase of power." (power could be translasted as recognition, success, achievement, wealth, whatever gives us some worldly advantage, my comment and my emphasis added)

"In the Kingdom the lowliest servant has the highest station, the poor in spirit are the freemen of its city and the meek, the inheritors of its coming universal sway. 'Bowing down' to us, somehow involves an awkward self-effacement, a condescension to lower ourselves from what we think we are to something we, perhaps, should feel ourselves to be. All this arises from a retention of a wrong perspective. We see Him in the distance and ourselves in the immediate foreground, and imagine that we are grossly bigger than we are."

---posted by Queen Lucy

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion.

It was February 29, 1704, in Deerfield, Massachusetts; a frontier town is attacked by a party of French and Indians. Rev. John Williams and his family are taken captive along with many others. John Williams’ 2 youngest children are murdered on his doorstep and his wife is killed on the long, hard journey because she can’t keep up. When they get to Quebec, John and his children are separated.

The Jesuit priests try to make the people convert to popery (Catholicism). Many of the children are beaten into converting. John’s older son Samuel converts to popery but after John writes to him and prays to God, his son converts back to Christianity.

John, with the help of Captain De Beauville, tries to bring all his children back to him. John retrieves some of them. Most forgot how to speak English. Some were beaten so much they converted to popery. Finally the captives were released and they went back home.

The attack on Deerfield was the worst attack from the French and Indians. The Indians slew 50 people in their beds and more than a 100 were captured. Some died or were killed on the way, and others were held for ransom or adopted by the Indians.

John Williams had a lot of faith in God, he went through many heartaches but he still stayed true to his faith.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Calico Bush

Marguerite was an orphan French girl who was a Bound-out girl in the service of the Sargents: Joel and Dolly, and their children, Caleb, Patty, Susan, Jacob, Becky, and the baby Debby. Also with them was Joel’s younger brother Ira. They were headed, in a ship, to the New World, America, to settle in a new home.

When they got there they met a lot of nice folks like: Seth Jordan and his son Ethan, their Aunt Hespa, the Morses, a young couple with a year-old baby, Nathan and Hanna Welles, and their children, Timothy and Abigail. Ethan and Ira ‘fight’ over Abigail, but Abby liked Ira. The Sargents also found, to their surprise, their house had been burnt to the ground by the Indians. But soon, with the help of their neighbors, they rebuilt it.

In winter, Debby died by going too close to the fire. Her gown burst into flames. It burned her so badly they couldn’t do anything to help her. They all were very sad about her death.

When spring came, Ira and Caleb got passage on a ship and they went to get supplies. While they were gone Joel, trying to do all the work himself, fell and broke his leg. A couple days afterwards the Indians showed up. But Marguerite, or Maggie, saved the day by giving the Indians food. She also created a Maypole, which is a pole you nail strands of cloth to and dance around trying to weave the strands together. Then she met the Indian she had met during the winter and he took the other Indians away.

Afterwards, Caleb and Ira came home with more supplies and before the ship left, Joel gives Maggie her freedom to go with the ship to France. But Maggie decided to stay with the Sargents and the piece of land they owned. She wanted to stay because the Sargents had been good to her and she didn’t have any friends or family in France.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Elizabeth Gaskell

As much as I LOVED the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice" with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, I actually love even more the BBC productions of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels "North and South" and "Cranford". Elizabeth Gaskell lived from 1810 to 1865, was a minister's wife, and mother to 6 children. She loved to write stories of relationships and people. Her writings, while popular, were often criticized because she integrated scathing commentary on social ills into her stories, especially about the troubles of the poor and working classes of society.

"Cranford" is a compilation of several of her stories. It is a window into life in a small community dominated by women. In it you see all the spectrum of good and bad behavior in people including the near destruction of a new young doctor's reputation by gossip and misunderstandings. There is also the secret help given by several women to their great hearted friend when she encounters financial ruin. If you love other period drama productions by BBC you will like this too.

"North and South" was very moving for me. In it you see huge transformations and alchemy of characters as the story progresses. Even my teenage sons enjoyed this story. The main plot is about a young English girl Margaret Hale. Her father moves the family from her idyllic agrarian parish home in southern England to the industrial, grimy northern town of Milton. The culture shock is severe and it takes many years for her to adjust to life and to the people there. Some residents of Milton also undergo change as they are exposed to Margaret and her family too. Gaskell's story is a different perspective of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".

Plan for a long evening or weekend to view either show as there are several episodes to the story. Love the period costumes. BBC productions are stellar in this, just ask the costumer in our house. My family bought two of her books through e-bay for me at Christmas and I am enjoying the written versions very much.

---posted by Queen Lucy

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Red Envelope Day

Friends of ours sent us this note.

Barack Obama spoke at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund event during his campaign, uttering the now infamous line, "Well, the first thing I'd do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. [Applause.] That's the first thing that I'd do."An empty red envelope will send a message to President Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue [The Freedom of Choice Act, which will essentially "undo" every law currently in place to limit abortion in the U.S. (i.e., parental consent laws, parental notification, waiting periods, prohibition of transporting a minor girl across state lines to obtain an abortion, etc.)]. It will be quiet, but clear.

Please read more about The Freedom of Choice Act here:

Here is what we can do:Get a red envelope. You can buy them at Kinkos, or at party supply stores. On the front, address it to:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , D.C. 20500

On the back, write the following message.
This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion.It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to be a part of our world.

We will mail the envelopes out March 31st, 2009 -- just put them in the mail that day from wherever you live.

Please forward this event to every one of your friends who you think would send one, too. ... And they can in turn forward the information to their mailing lists. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every aborted child who died [in the U.S.] before having a chance to live. It may seem that those who believe abortion is wrong are in a minority. It may seem like we have no voice and it's shameful to even bring it up. Let us show our President and the world that the voices of those of us who do not believe abortion is acceptable are not silent and must be heard.The Lord may use our simple collective showing to begin to change the heart of our President and others on this issue.

----posted by the Caer Clan

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My Favorite Home Education Links

JD has been helping me with the links list. I wanted to comment on a couple of them. I am painfully aware of homeschooling mother overload syndrome! So I want to give this disclaimer. I DO NOT do everything suggested on any homeschooling site I read. I do try and glean from their ideas and wisdom and translate it into my and my family's goals, lifestyle, and interests.

That being said, about three years ago God lead me to Lindafay's Higher Up and Further in blog. She and her family were still in Turkey at the time, but they have since returned to the U.S. I had just finished reading the "Charlotte Mason Companion" by Karen Andreola for the second time. I was looking for a way to DO both Karen's and Charlotte Mason's ideas in my home. I needed a road map that would organize my large family's program without overloading me and that would help me feel better about our home education. See after fifteen years of homeschooling I was so burnt out. I was miserable. In my heart the longings for what I wanted to achieve in the relationships with my children and in their educations were FAR from what I felt we were doing. It was not that I had failed in every way, it was just trying to walk towards that which I knew intuitively God wanted for me and the family. But I had fear of leaving familiar paths and starting to walk in less charted territory.

Then I found Lindafay. I remember the first night I started reading what she had to say. I sat and wept that I had missed out on so much more joy with my children and family. She wrote in such clear terms with such great ideas and outlined how she implemented her version of Miss Mason's ideas. I planned right away to start having a Literary Society night once a month. I planned more feasts and less dry crumbs for my family. It really helped that she showed me a way to keep track of what each child would be doing. I needed some way for me to give each child accountability as we tried to instill new habits and learn new things. Check out her daily checklist chart under her organization tips. It would be fabulous for whatever you are doing! Give yourself time to absorb her many creative ideas. It will be well worth your time. The last three years of our homeschooling has been transformed and I and the children are happier and more at peace. I actually like what we do now instead of trying to get through it each day so we can do something else.

The Classical Homeschoolers site has my favorite book lists. They have a 1,000 Good Books list that we have used for 10 years. My oldest child started rating each book and now I use her ratings for choosing what the other children might pick off the list. Not EVERY book on the list would be considered reading material by EVERY family. The site also has a list of the books of the western tradition. Also some very intellectual recommendations for readings for each level of student.

And lastly, but NOT least is Elizabeth Foss. About the same time I started reading Lindafay's blog, I found Elizabeth's book "Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home". I love her writing, her encouragement, her pointing the way to knowing your children's hearts. Knowing their hearts is so much more important that any academic program. She tells mothers to "abandon the system" and bring a lifestyle of learning into your home. I know that my Protestant friends will be a little disturbed that Mrs. Foss is Catholic, but from her writing you can tell her heart is to live Christ in daily devotional living. So I hope that Protestant mothers will try and glean from her wisdom and her love for God.

After 18 years of home education these are three top favorites. I have a huge list of others I use for different reasons, but these I have gained the most from.

---posted by Queen Lucy

Monday, February 23, 2009

When Iron Gates Yield

In the fall of 1950, the Red Army invaded Tibet. A young British missionary, Geoffrey Bull, was serving the LORD in Tibet at the time of the invasion. He was arrested by the communists and put into their prisons in China for three years. "When Iron Gates Yield" is the story of Geoff Bull's work in Tibet, his arrest and subsequent difficulties during the "thought reform" programs forced upon him by the communist Chinese.

It is a story of one man's struggle to maintain the faith in the face of seasoned, determined, and forceful men campaigning to "reform" his thoughts and allegiance. Here are a few examples from the out-of-print book.

"For about twenty hours of "learning time" the five cell members raged at me on the questions of evolution. The Marxist development of the teaching of Darwin is the very core of their atheistic social concepts. Apparently to disbelieve the idea that Labour was solely responsible for man's position above the beasts was considered a most reactionary "heresy". My "tung hsiohs" (teachers) did just about all in their power, apart from rending their garments, to convince me of "their" viewpoint. By their harsh words and fierce attitudes, they displayed how "progressive" were their concepts, and how totally enraged they were at the words of this imperialist in their midst who dared to resist indoctrination and reform by preaching Christian beliefs. The controversy stretched over days and at night I lay down with my mind in a whirl. This was the beginning of the notorious "brain-washing"." (emphasis added)

"Now, in China, by the government-backed agencies of the press, radio, education, entertainment, and most important of all, the discussion group, the indoctrination was proceeding. In university, factory, school and office, town and village, yes, even in the church and the home, by means of "learning" discussion groups, basic lessons in Marxism were being thrust upon the people."

In this simple statement, Mr. Bull summarizes the importance and meaning of all that happened to him. "I am convinced, after more than three years in their hands, that not only must we never yield an inch on our basic faith in Christ but, in the assertion of our heavenly citizenship and all that that involves practically, we must be absolute. On our knees, we must search out, whether in China or England, that which belongs to God and that which belongs to Caesar. Today in China it is through the ever increasing claims of the state that the Christian who is determined to stand can yet find himself seduced. Let us also remember it is of course just as unthinkable for a Christian to serve imperialism as Communism. We serve the Lord Christ. For the believer His interests are supreme."

Interestingly enough our family watched "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" just as I was finishing this book. Make no doubt about it, "the teaching of Darwin is the very core of their atheistic social concepts." We have socialism and communism dominating our cultural thoughts, actions, and politics. It is being thrust upon the people through the government backed agencies of the press, education, and entertainment. And MANY Christians are being seduced by it.

"When Iron Gates Yield" is the first of three books written by Mr. Bull about his experiences. "God Holds the Key" and "The Sky is RED" are the other two titles. Worth the effort to learn from someone who has been in the furnace and can still sing the praises of our God and His purposes.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Compulsory Youth Service Corp

When I went to locate Kim Anderson to tell her about some of the quirks we found in the Magi Hunt, I stumbled onto her blog and website. Scrolling down through her writings I was shocked to be informed of Obama'a plan to establish a compulsory youth service corp. I am too much a student of history to not immediately think about Hitler's Youth that he instituted in Germany. It also convicts me of my need to stay way more informed than I am.

If you want to get more informed go to her site: and scroll down to read her post: "Private Initiative Promotes True Public Service". This is judgment in its clearest form. God bring repentance to us, His people, the church, and the nation.

And one more thought: read Maria Von Trapp's biography and what happened to their children once the Nazis marched into Austria. The next day all their children's old teachers were replaced with Nazi approved teachers and the children started having to give allegiance to Hitler.

---posted by Queen Lucy

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Today is Epiphany. This is the day the Christian church through the ages has traditionally celebrated the wise men visiting the Christ child. We have had fun and some learning with Kim Anderson's "The Magi Treasure Hunt." This has included hiding and locating our stuffed magi and the children then finding treasure each morning in the place where the wise men were the night before. We have also read portions of Scriptures that answered clues about the magi, the star, and the gifts they brought. There are several things about the hunt instructions that need improvement and tweaking so I hope to find a way to contact the author and give some suggestions. For instance, a couple of the Scripture references had nothing to do with what she was trying to teach. But we have been inspired by the wise men's great faith.

Today also marks 14 days left until Barack Hussein Obama takes over completely the reins of power of our country. It is very sobering for me. When I summarized my 2008 Dayplanner, I ran across a quote from him that I had written down. It is from November 4 at his victory speech. He said, "We will remove those who prevent our efforts at peace and unity." It is chilling to consider what exactly that means. Does that mean "Christians" who are so "intolerant" will be REMOVED if they are seen as standing in the way of efforts at "peace and unity"? What peace and unity is he talking about? (I remember when he said that quote I was wondering if anyone was really listening to this clear threat and promise.) And of course, he intends to be at the helm for at least the next 8 years if not longer as he indicated in his victory speech. God Help us All.

Sunday we heard a powerful message from Malachi about God's judgment and we do believe more and more is coming. But we as Christians have hope. Biblical hope is a firm belief that what God promises will happen. God promises to subdue the wicked. In His time, in His way. We were also encouraged not to fear. All this is as He planned and in His control. This helps considerably as the days are ticking down.

---posted by Queen Lucy