Monday, November 30, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Where the building blocks and the toy balloon
And the soldiers guard the stairs.
Let me step in a house where the tiny cart
With the horses rules the floor,
And rest comes into my weary heart,
For I am at home once more.
Give me the house with the toys about,
With the battered old train of cars,
The box of paints and the books left out,
And the ship with her broken spars.
Let me step in a house at the close of day
That is littered with children’s toys,
And dwell once more in the haunts of play,
With the echoes of by-gone noise.
Give me the house where the toys are seen,
The house where the children romp,
And I’ll happier be than man has been
‘Neath the gilded dome of pomp.
Let me see the litter of bright-eyed play
Strewn over the parlor floor,
And the joys I knew in a far-off day
Will gladden my heart once more.
Whoever has lived in a toy-strewn home.
Though feeble he be and gray,
Will yearn, no matter how far he roam,
For the glorious disarray
Of the little home with its littered floor
That was his in the by-gone days ;
And his heart will throb as it throbbed before,
When he rests where a baby plays.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
This video includes an interview with a former tattoo artist who shares his knowledge of the danger of tattoos. He states that he people applying the tattoos are not concerned with the health of your skin.
Ladies, particularly, have always enjoyed changes in their appearance. Hairstyles, makeup, jewelry and clothing can be changed. There are many things available that have no permanent effect on the skin.
For more reading on this subject, please see Roxy's article by the same name, The Truth About Tattoos, and Pearls Never Go Out of Style.
The skin is the biggest part of your immune system, and as such, should be protected and nourished and cared for. Once it has been punctured, your immune system is compromised, says the gentleman on the film.
"Where I live, in Australia, tattoos are everywhere. Young men and women are falling for the fad, and when I see them I feel pity for them. Sportsmen have full sleeves of tattoos, and even everyday men have these and some have full leg tattoos. The most shocking for me though is young women who have sleeves, leg and back tattoos. How can women not understand the fickle nature of fashion? Which woman would ever choose to wear the same item of clothing everyday for a month, let alone the rest of your life??? I feel a sense of pity for the young who mark themselves forever with these things."
"Thank you for presenting this informative video. I have never seen any tattoos that made a person look better and it breaks my heart when I see young girls with tattoos all over them. Why tattoos and body piercings have become so popular is beyond my understanding. Recently I was reading an article about hair coloring and learned that people with tattoos can sometimes even develop an allergic reaction to hair coloring. I've encountered women who have had their cosmetics "tattooed on", such as eyeliner, lipliner and blush and I think this is regrettable because styles in makeup change, as well as our taste. I hope this well-produced video causes people to stop and think before getting tattooed or getting a body-piercing. "
Thank you so much for presenting this video! I am afraid I thought Lev. 19:28 was the reason to avoid tattoos. I know a pastor that stated there where no verse saying one could not be tattooed. His lightly given word opened the door for many in the church to get tattoos. Once they got one tattoo they continued to cover there body with tattoos. They want to reach the lost bikers and felt the bikers would identify with their tattoos and felt the message of their tattoos was their life story. What if they had heard the whole council of the Word of God? Would they have still gotten tattoos?
This message could apply to many activities. Thank you for posting it!
Monday, November 02, 2015
Sunday, November 01, 2015
So glad to read your previous post on being motivated at home and this new post on staying home. I will comment on them both here with my story.
Growing up, my father tried to steer me toward a secretarial profession so I would have a good job when I left home. This did not appeal to me. I loved gardening and wearing pretty dresses. Just wanted to be a homemaker like my mother. Bucking my father's wishes and deciding to take nurses aide training, things were pretty tense until I left home.
Eventually I married my high school sweetheart and in time we started a family.
I tried working outside the home as just a hobby, but was much happier at home. There I had the freedom to make my own decisions and my own schedule. I only wanted to serve my husband and be around to raise my children.
There were great rewards to staying home: I only put my energies to serving my own husband, not a pushy boss, my husband was delighted to come home to a smiling face, clean home and hot meals, we had time together with no interference of double work schedules, no daycare to pay for, no extra work clothes and extra car payments or ride shares to contend with and so much more.
Best of all my husband and I had time to spend with one another, this did so much for our marriage. Most of our working friends were growing apart while trying to pay for their homes, lavish lifestyles and daycare.
We will be celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary this year. I've never regretted my decision to stay home either. Am more motivated each day to stay with it as there is a new generation seeing our contentment and watching to see how it's done.
I so enjoy the new video feature. So good to hear your encouraging words and your see your pretty smiling face.
Your student and friend, Janet
Dearest Lady Lydia,
We have successfully graduated our youngest child from homeschool. The most difficult time was when our family was stationed in Germany for six years. As Americans we would be allowed to homeschool. The other mothers were putting their children into the German schools, so they would know the language. My children did eventually learn German, though not as quickly and not as well as they could have in school. We were able to form a close bond, for which I am ever grateful, by staying home together.
I thank you for your website. I am very careful about my online time, but I find your site so encouraging that it is a motivator and not a time-thief.
C in Central Texas
gardening, master food preservation, crafting, hospitality and ministry.
Dear Lady Lydia,
Thank you for your wonderful blog! I was searching for like minded women when I came across it. I think I typed in Titus 2 when I was searching. Just to give you a bit of background. I was not raised in a Christian home. Before she died my mother did give her life to Jesus! God is so merciful! But I was raised in a home where the mom worked outside the home. She was a good house keeper and trained us three girls in both that and cooking. So from that I fell in love with domestic life. However, when I became a Christian, I did not realize that being a keeper at home was a calling. So when my children were small and my husband at the time wasn't making much money a "more mature Christian woman" asked what my problem was and basically said I needed get out into the work force. So I immediately started looking for a job. I do not blame her, had I been more faithful about reading my bible I would have discovered the truth! And I never wanted a career, I longed to be home! I went through a divorce, that was very hard! So, then I was out in the workforce full time. I still did not know it would be ok to pray to somehow be at home with my children! The desire was so strong! My co-workers use to make fun of me because I took most of my vacations to be at home. I loved all things domestic. Thirteen years later I married a Christian man, who is a very loyal and faithful person. He too was raised with a working mom, and liked that I worked. So when we started our lives together I still did not know it was ok to want to ask or pray be at home. By the time my daughter was graduating high school and I would mention it to other Christian women they would say, "but soon you won't have any children at home!" So I felt foolish.....
But then one day I came across Titus 2, and it struck me. I mean really struck me! By this time I was a faithful bible reader. So I started to pray. Hubby wasn't yet receptive, and I still thought it was to good to be true! I also thought I had to completely replace my income! I was also reading book about obedience to your husband. So that was a bit of a conundrum!
I kept praying for a job at home that would completely replace my income. I just couldn't think of anything! But the Lord is faithful, and the company I worked for was pulling out of Idaho! So I asked my husband to please let me try a small business at home. I really hoped it would take off so I could stay at home. Well that was just a little over a year ago. And it hasn't taken off at all! But we have been just fine with a third less income! The Lord is so amazing! Oh we live differently but I can honestly say I don't care! Instead of rushing to get things done in the morning, and having a horrified look on my face when my husband wants to do something on Saturdays, I go from task to task and get things done during the week , and am ready to do things with him on Saturdays. And I now enjoy things like cake baking during the week with my grandchildren! ( I am hoping to influence them to stay at home when they grow up!) Instead of getting home at 5:30 and slamming dinner on, I now totally enjoy more involved cooking and serving it to him with a relaxed smile. I have also started sewing and playing piano again!
Well that was the long way to tell you thank you for the encouragement I have gleaned from your blog! Keep writing your blog Lydia. You never know what young lady, or not so young lady, (I'm 55) will come across it and be greatly encouraged to be at home.