Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Most Important News...

 Hello Ladies, Since what is officially called "the news" is in the news these days, I thought it would be appropriate to share my thoughts on the subject. Perhaps this reflects your thoughts, too!

During the last ice-storm, many churches cancelled their services because it was just too dangerous to drive, but I noticed one church of Christ in the area had announced on their social media page, "We will be having services but please bring a snow shovel and help clear the drive and the walkways."  Apparently most of that congregation showed up. I thought that "news" was so unique and interesting. The fact that hundreds of people may have re-tweeted it or reported it shows the impact of our own, individual news. 

  Our church services stayed open, as my husband, always so loyal, said we would at least offer communion to anyone who came, even if they could not stay long. The electric was on and the meeting house was well-heated.

  Stan had a wonderful sermon prepared, (which I read and thought was quite good), called "The Importance of Church Attendance."  The ice storm was very formidable and so even the seasoned snow and ice drivers who have moved here from Alaska could not get through. Many people phoned and said they were on their way, but then phoned again and said they had to turn back and go home. At the last, one person showed up, so my husband didn't think the sermon about the importance of attendance would be appropriate, ha ha!

  He always has a substitute sermon to choose from, and this one was about the "little boats" or "other boats" mentioned in Mark 4:36. He used it as an example of how a Christian can affect events around him, even when people did not follow the teachings of Christ.

   After services we devoted our time to talking to the one person that showed up and found out all about her plans, her family, the fallen trees and storm damage on her property. Her news was more important to us than anything on the major news networks. Nowadays, we do not really depend that much on the news media, as even our elected officials and President have Twitter and other places to broadcast their own news without the media spin.

 I was also noticing how people like to watch other "ordinary" people on YouTube videos talking about things they are doing, what they like, how they cook, and all manner of subjects.  Lately, the news media as we know it, has been complaining about bloggers and people who do their own films about  their own news or own interpretation of the media news, because it cuts in to the attention that should be paid to the "official" news.  I got to thinking how important our own news that we share with each other is!  In the end, what our children want from us is our albums full of photographs of what they did in the home and as a family together. They will save letters from friends about their news, their vacations, and what they are doing daily.  
Since there is no control over the news reports, and no solution to all the problems they broadcast, (which keep us in a perpetual state of anxiety), what you are doing is actually more important. Whether you report it in a letter to a loved one, a phone call, an email or a blog, it  is still what is most interesting and life-changing to many people!  The national media only gives off a kind of spiritual deadness that leaves us in a hopeless state of despair, but ordinary people who bring good news (or even disappointing news) of their doings and their daily progress certainly brings more inspiration and helps make life worth living.

 So, this is why I publish ordinary things here.  In lieu of shameful media news (its almost always r-x and y-z rated, have you noticed, and very bad for our ears and our minds--they focus on constantly bombarding us with the most deviant things), I go to YouTube and type in which book of the Bible I want to hear that day. You can get through the whole New Testament once a month if you listen to it read aloud online while you are doing most housework, and the Old Testament maybe less times in a year. Even if your mind wanders during this, at least it will be wholesome words that give life, as opposed to the wretched "official" media news--yuck. I give them a D for Despicable,  and a VB for Very Bad, and a TOA for Totally Un-Applicable to productive living.  The news media needs all the competition people can give them in broadcasting of any kind: speaking in your home and to others,
 writing letters, newsletters. phone calls, texting, blogging, and any way to spread YOUR news.  If you have a tragedy or a problem, or a triumph and instruction you want to share, I don't see why it is any less important than what the news media has to say.. In fact I think it is MORE INTELLIGENT. There are enough people doing this to drown out the media that does not check their sources, spreads hype, changes opinion, ruins people, and sullies our ears with their reports of things that are staged or created. The media is so bored they often create their own stories out of thin air and make the rest of us worry about the reports even before the stories have been checked out. Of course you know it all has an agenda: to make us all so desperate for relief from chaos that we will agree to more regulations and controls over our lives.

I appreciate the bloggers that take the time to post something they are doing at home, or include us all in their vacation, etc.  I LOVE that kind of news because it makes me want to do better in my life. I remember reading on a home school blog about how a Mother made "morning boxes" (or envelopes or something like that) for her children who wanted to get up a little earlier in the morning than she did, to keep them quiet and busy. My thoughts were about how nice that was that she would share that with those who might benefit from it. It may have been something mothers handed down to their children, but it is nice someone shared it with those who had never thought of it. 

There is a lot of power in what you are doing at home, but it is so great, it is difficult to explain in one post. In short, what you say and do is a great influence that spreads. You are not just raising one generation. Your values will be caught by future generations. That is one reason the powers-that-be discourage women being full time homemakers, men providing for their wives, education at home, Bible teaching, conversion, natural health and many other things.

 Well, after all that, here is my latest news: a T-shirt sewing project. I noticed children's T- shirts were on sale at Walmart for $2.00 each, so I bought two and cut one into strips to make ruffles on the other one:
This project does not require hemming, because the fabric will not fray when you cut it. Since the shirt was a V-neck, I angled the ruffle along that line and over to the side where I stitched it down. It is stitched down at the shoulder, too.  For a round neck, I would drape the ruffle around the neckline.
One of the reasons I sew for my children and grandchildren, is that I want them to have more natural fibres in clothing and more high quality fabrics. 

Thank you to all the bloggers on my blog roll who bring their news.  What your neighbor, your friend, your rellies and the people in the shops are doing, is of daily concern and has a big impact on your life. I assume most people have their share of family problems and can conclude that it is earthshaking and dramatic enough, without adding the national news to it all.

Now, you can go ahead and say I am putting my head in the sand like the ostrich, because I choose to tune out some of the news and am selective about what I want to pay attention to in the national media, but I would suggest you do a study on just what the ostrich is doing when it appears to have "its head in the sand."  There is a lot more going on beneath the surface and there is a reason the ostrich does that! God created the ostrich and it is not as stupid a bird as people have portrayed it to be.

Let us take the lady at home and see what is really going on "beneath the surface."  While others say she is isolated from "real life", she may be carefully training up the next generation to be truthful and diligent and loyal to the family. She may be showing them how to have their own business using the skills she has taught them. She may be creating care-packages for people overseas or for a neglected neighbor or friend

A lady at home may be sending a letter to someone that just "makes their day."  She may be sewing clothes for her children and others, like Dorcas did in the New Testament.  She may  be creating very nutritious meals for her family which boosts their health and prevents a dependence on pharmacy and the medical system.  The housewife looks "beneath the surface" to see if there are ingredients in foods and fabrics and products she uses in her home that may not be good for her family. She looks beneath the surface and behind the scenes in order to guard her family from harmful influences. She knows what is in the products she uses, from food to furniture. She watches for hidden costs. She guides her family into making beneficial decisions for life.
Those ladies who find themselves at home without families are still doing something more important than the news media, because they are practicing  a quiet, peaceful life full of beautifying their home and making life pleasant all around.

The question then arises as to what to do with a disturbing news report.  First, analyze the way it is reported and ask the old questions, "who, what, when, where, how, how much, why." You will discover a lot of information is lacking in some reports. Some of you who have ever been interviewed for a paper or a bulletin, may have experienced this when you saw that a lot of your words were not included, making the story turn out differently than you intended.  So, it is good to question these reports just as you would question a child for every detail when he says he saw a moose coming down the driveway, being sure to ask the questions, "Where were you when you saw it, and how close did you get to the moose, and did the moose see you?" 

As I said, what YOU are doing is THE most important news. What your mother and grandmother did is important.  Learning to develop character qualities from the New Testament is important.  Discovering ways to use time and getting enough rest and having times of recreation is important and it makes life interesting. It is news enough, in my opinion. How much bad news can we take without needing sedatives?   The news media will keep your mind roaring with noise as it replays in your head. We have to decide just how much we can handle. We have a right not to listen to the broadcast news.

The Hollywood film industry and the news media must think ordinary people are doing something important with their variety of media (videos, books, letters, social media, etc.) else they would not complain so loudly that "no one is watching our movies," or "no one is listening to the news."

Instead of depending on the news of the network media, why not record the things your own family members say and do?  It can be a greater story than you know.Years later, someone in your family will want to see it, but how many of the news media reports over the years do we value enough to look at again?

I have a journal where I keep a list of all the phone calls I have made, calls that have come in, letters I received, and visitors who came to the door, invited visitors, trips I have made to town, etc.  This is a reminder that we have our own news in many ways.

Perhaps ostrich has its ear to the ground listening for something. It can hear the movement of other creatures underneath the surface and can detect danger to itself and its young. Some people wonder if the ostrich hears signals in the sand that indicate storms and floods. Maybe it is not hiding from anything as people have previously thought, but looking and listening for food, water, movement of any kind. A search about the ostrich would make an interesting nature study! You might find this creature has a lot more instinct and smarts than has been portrayed to us in the past. We ought to bury-your-head-in-the-sand myth of the ostrich and give them the dignity they deserve.

Ostriches don't bury their heads in the sand—they wouldn't be able to breathe! But they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs. Several times a day, a bird puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs. So it really does look like the birds are burying their heads in the sand!
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Jane said...

Thank you for the lovely and thought-provoking post. The t-shirt turned out really cute.

Unknown said...

Oh how I needed to read this! I have read your blog for quite some time and just love it, but I had to say thank you on this one!!
God bless you and yours,

magnoliasntea said...

I agree, Lydia, the "news" is questionable and sometimes abominable. On the other hand I always enjoy certain blogs because they are uplifting and informative. And I'd like to take a moment to thank you for writing one of those certain blogs. Your efforts are much appreciated!

Gail said...

This is a timely post for me, since we just canceled our cable over the weekend. I admit we feel like fish out of water right now, but I having been feeling like somewhat of a news addict lately. I am stepping back from social media, too, and will completely abstain during Lent. I do enjoy some of it, since it is a way to keep up with my friends and their daily life "news", but even this can become an idol. As I've gotten older, I've suddenly realized that time is finite and fleeting, and a wise person will make the most of it.

Christine said...

Lydia, This post and accompanying photos was lovely and much appreciated today. Since you have written previously regarding the impact of negative news on ourselves and our homes, I am always mindful of letting myself become overly involved with news in general.

This is a timely and wonderful reminder about how we can choose to conduct ourselves regarding the constant barrage of bad news coming at us from every direction.

I don't think you realise what a blessing you are to so many of us. Thank you for all you do to encourage and teach a more sensible and fulfilling way to live.


Helena said...

The mainstream media would have us believe that unless they report it it's not so. Yet the mainstream media has been caught advancing an agenda and, in fact, reporting opinion and lies as if fact. Thank God for the alternatives offered on the internet where other perspectives on events is found. What a good post Lydia, I love this. Of course the effect of the fake narrative is to make more compliant and controlled sheep. Whereas what truly matters, and is real, is what happens in our family, in the lives our friends, with the weather even, and in day to day life. Excellent.

Unknown said...

I am more than happy to stick my head in the sand right beside you!! lol

Southern Ladye said...

Thank you for the lovely post, as usual. I do enjoy reading your blog, and I read the archives frequently to surround myself with the pure and lovely because of the negativity in our daily lives. When I updated my phone, it automatically downloaded a news app and so I picked a few to "subscribe" to and I was constantly bombarded with "notifications" of the newest updates on the news. Let's just say, I have went in and UNSUBSCRIBED to several of them. I do keep two for my husband that he likes to read but thankfully, those don't send out those silly notifications of new articles so I don't get pop ups on my phone through out the day and he can read them at his leisure and I don't have to be bothered with them! Too bad you can't find articles on pure and lovely and positive thoughts that will pop up randomly on your phone, but I can always come here when I need a fix! Have a blessed day.

Melissa M. said...

You are right! I really appreciated this thought-provoking post. It really is the momentos, spent together and experiences that we leave behind to the next generations, NOT Mom (or Grandma) had a really great career and made a lot of money!

Rebecca said...

Very beautiful and encouraging post. Thank you for the gentle reminders and admonitions. A lot of wisdom packed into these thoughtful paragraphs. One would do well to read a time or two more. I'm going to. Blessings on your day.

Gail said...


Lynn said...

About sharing, having family photos...I just mailed my elder grandson two shots of his mother on her 51st birthday yesterday....he is stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri and will be so happy to 'see' her on her day....he will be away thru mid April....

Lynn said...

How good Rebecca suggests re-reading this post...good idea!

Lynn said...

Yes..I would like to find out more about the ostrich!

Lynn said...

I too just started a notebook of my own 'news' as you are doing, Lydia....this should be very nice to review years from now...not quite a diary...