Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deterioration of the Family


In the 1930’s, during World War 2, women were encouraged to leave the home and join the work force. This was largely because the men were fighting the war and women needed to keep the war efforts going. Ever since the 1930’s, women have stayed outside the home and have left their tiny babies in daycare for someone else to nurture. We are seeing the devastating effects of this decision.

We’ve seen a deterioration of family traditions and values. It used to be a big celebration when daddy came home from work in the evening. Momma worked in the kitchen preparing a special, loved, healthy meal for her family. Together they would sit and eat.

Here are some interesting statistics on eating dinner as a family:

  • Children not eating dinner with their families are 61% more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal drugs; 
  • Teens who share frequent family dinners are less likely to have sex at young ages, participate in fights, or be suspended from school; 
  • Teens who eat with their families and at lower risk for thoughts of suicide; 
  • Children who eat with their families are more likely to eat healthier foods and more balanced meals; 
  • Family dining improves communication and family connections; 

Source: healthylearningpathes.org

There has been an alarming increase of out-of-wedlock births, abortions, divorces, homosexual partnerships, and mental health conditions. There is a decline in respect for authority figures, belief and commitment to Biblical and moral values, pride in your workmanship and pride in your country. We’ve become a lazy, instant gratifying, self-absorbed culture. We are ungrateful, disobedient, and openly sinful.

We are dying and decaying from the inside out. I believe our Heavenly Father is weeping over the state of the American family. This was not His holy design for us. As Christians, we need to get back to the Biblical formula and foundation of family.

Women, clutch your babies and hold them tight. Teach them the ways of God and watch them grow into a powerful individual for the Lord! Don’t go far away from them because they need you and desperately want you to be involved in every aspect of their lives. They are begging for your attention and guidance and it’s your responsibility to give that to them.

JR Miller says,

 “Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for it’s destiny- she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no other hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.”

Women, live humbly on one income. Adorn your home and fill it with warm meals and Bible stories and coloring pages. You don’t need all the bells and whistles. Let the sounds of laughter be heard around the world and teach your children to love and respect one another and live a life on their knees in prayer.

Reverend T. Dewitt Talmage says, 

“Thank God, O women, for the quietude of your home, and that you are queen in it. Men come at eventide to the home; but all day long you are there, beautifying it, sanctifying it, adorning it, blessing it. Better be there than wear a queen’s coronet. Better be there than carry the purse of a princess. It may be a very humble home. There may be no carpet on the floor. There may be no pictures on the wall. There may be no silks in the wardrobe; but, by your faith in God, and your cheerful demeanor, you may garniture that place with more splendor than the upholsterer’s hand ever kindled."





In 2 Timothy 3, it gives a perfect example of where we are culturally today.

            “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

But this should not include Christians, it goes on to say, “… Have nothing to do with these people,” (2 Timothy 3:5)

We are a different people, as Christian. We are set apart and held to a much higher standard. We are in the world, but we certainly are not of it. Take back what is yours and fulfill your ministry. Let our families stand as a great witness to the world as they walk in love and gratitude. 

In love, 

Ashley 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Crock-pot Beef and Broccoli

I'm about to share a recipe with you that has been made in my house more times than any other. It is soooo good and my husband asks for it almost once a week! It's Beef and Broccoli! Even better, it's Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli. So simple. So delicious.



This is what you'll need:
1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consomme
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP cornstarch
2 bunches fresh broccoli

This is what you'll do:

1. Place beef in crock-pot.

2. In a small bowl mix together consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, and oil. Pour over beef. Cook on LOW 6 - 8 hours.

3. The last 30 minutes of cooking: in a small cup stir cornstarch and 2 TBSP sauce from the crock pot. Put it back into the crock pot on HIGH to thicken. Add broccoli.

Serve over rice and enjoy!





Toddler Snuggles

A few days ago I was startled awake by a loud THUMP! I was puzzled and laid in bed a few seconds to keep listening when my toddler showed up, all smiles, at the side of my bed. He was very proud of climbing out of his crib for the first time. 

That afternoon we took off the front part of his crib and told him over and over, "look at your big boy bed," He loved it! 

The first night he didn't get out of his bed AT ALL. He slept for eleven and a half hours. When he woke up in the morning he played with his stuffed animals for a few minutes in bed. I wondered if he forgot he wasn't trapped in there anymore. I was watching him on the monitor. I couldn't take it any longer, though, and decided to go in and congratulate him. 

Braydon Michael, 26 months old

This morning as my husband was leaving for work, Braydon woke up (a little too early, I might add) all smiles and ran into my bedroom with a toddler Bible book. He climbed up on the bed and snuggled up next to me, under the blankets and wanted me to read. As I was reading to him I was so amazed at his vocabulary and the excitement in his eyes. He says, "lion," and roars. He says, "bird," and tweets. He says, "hi Jesus," and "bye Jesus," when we turn the page. 

At this stage in life with my sweet boy, I feel like I can't blink or it will all go by. He is learning something new by the minute and I am amazed by his sensitivity and sweet heart. He is so special and truly a gift from God. I couldn't imagine my life without him, not that he's here. 

Mama's boy.

I love you, Brady Boy!



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm His Helpmeet

 "We need women who set their hearts on making their homes pleasant, sunny, and fragrant for the husband. He who works from dawn till dusk for the little home and wife and babes, look forward to the warm welcome that awaits him when the long day is over; of the bright smile and the love words that will be sure to greet him when crosses the threshold of his own little Eden; of the cheerful fire in winter and the humble meals made so delicious by the love that prepares it and the sweet words that season it.

This rest, security, and peace will encourage the overflowing heart of the husband and father and brother to think and to say that there is no spot on earth so dear and so blessed as the little sanctuary built up and adorned and made full of song by a true woman's heart.

O' woman, if you only knew how much you have it in your ability with Christ's unfailing assistance, to make true men of your chosen husband and sons, as well as true women of the little girls who will someday fill your apron..." -Daughters of Destiny

It's so easy to slack off in the home and to think you're not really making a difference anyway. When your husband comes home to children who were loved on all day and taken care of, to a warm meal, to picked up toys, and a made bed... you're ministering to him. I am so thankful to my husband for making the sacrifice to leave the home each morning so that I can stay. He is a hardworking and he makes all of this possible. 

Lord, please help me to always have a grateful heart towards him, and to remember to stay content with the blessings you have given us. 



Quote and Picture taken from "A Wise Woman Builds Her Home"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lord, let me do the hard things

Yesterday I was worshipping and praying on my ride to a MOPS meeting. If you're like me, the best prayers happen in the car. I began to pray some dangerous things. I said, "Lord, let me do the hard things," and I meant it in with complete surrender.

I understand my life is here and gone like a vapor in the wind. It's gone so fast. Compared to eternity this human life is a mere second, though forever is unconceivable. What I do here and the legacy I leave has the opportunity to change the course of eternal souls. Everyone will die someday and everyone will live forever in one of two destinations. Our surrender and willingness to obey when the Holy Spirit prompts us can literally save a life.

The problem is our flesh man. He's the rotten, hating, gossiping, perverted, selfish man inside all of us. He's the voice of question and compromise in our lives. He growls things like, "just this once," and "don't make a food of yourself,". He's the one who needs to be silenced each and every day, especially if we want to do great things for Christ.

So here I am really praying for God to use me and give me "the hard things,". Less than 12 hours later He does just that. What do I do? I shout no! I get angry. I lash out. I put up a fight. I say some things I shouldn't have. And I completely forget the sweet moment of total surrender I had earlier in the car.

It says in the Word the Holy Spirit is a teacher. He reminded me of that earlier prayer and gave me the understand that God was answering it.

When you pray these prayers get ready for God to radically use you. He is desperate for His people to give 100% of their lives to Him so he can use them. Of course, everything He wants to accomplish He can accomplish without you, but He wants to use you! How humbling!

Get ready to write a big check. Get ready to speak at church. Get ready to bring people into your home. Get ready to give gifts. Get ready to fast. Get ready to lay hands on people. Get ready to sing. Get ready to start a church dance group. Get ready for a night of prayer in your home. Get ready to feel uncomfortable for the cause of Christ. Get ready to go all the way for the glory of Christ. '

When you listen to these promptings there is so much reward. Your spiritual ear becomes more tuned to the frequency God communicates on and He will supernaturally place people in your life who need His touch, His words through YOU!

I encourage everyone to get alone with God and go to a whole new level. He is not a silent God. He is active. Be encouraged today to DIVE a little DEEPER into HIM!