Red Ice TV Interview


I love appearing on Red Ice TV! I adore Lana and Henreich and all that they do. I was on their Week End Warrior segment this past weekend. Here’s the link


Also on the same program they had a long interview with Hotep Jesus. I’m a big fan of the Hoteps so I was super excited to watch his segment, you can catch that here

A Fake Blog Is Circulating 


This blog pictured above is NOT mine. 
There is a lot of false information going around about me. There is a blog circulating that is not mine. Someone took blog posts from my blog http://www.motherlovergoddess.blogspot.com I wrote 10 years and uploaded them to another site along with blog posts from someone else’s blog. I do not know this other person but their blogs are mixed with mine. Since there are adds on the site and the posts are random my husband believes it is an ad bot which steals content to generate revenue. One of the blog posts stolen from my blog was my baptism story. I want to be clear the only blogs I have written are as follows…
Www.motherlovergoddess.blogspot.com
Www.wiseandgloriouspurpose.blogspot.com 
And this blog. 

Here is a screen shot from MY blog (the one that was stolen from, I have covered my email address) As you can see my baptism posts were originally at THIS blog pictured below. (which has now been set to private) 

You don’t have to agree with my opinions but please don’t spread false information. Also be aware that as many people have threatened to harm my children when you spread my personal information, such as name and location you are, placing innocent children in jeapordy simply because you have a political and/or social disagreement with their mother. 

Satan’s Thrust (As Marxism creeps)

Satan’s Thrust—Youth

Conference photo

It has been well said that “there comes a time when the general defilement of a society becomes so great that the rising generation is put under undue pressure and cannot be said to have a fair choice between the Way of Light and the Way of Darkness.” (Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon, 1957.)

We live in a wicked world. Never in our memory have the forces of evil been arrayed in such deadly formation. The devil is well organized. Never in our day has he had so many emissaries working for him. Through his many agents, his satanic majesty has proclaimed his intentions to destroy one whole generation of our choice young people.

Evidence of the dastardly work of evil forces is increasingly evident. On every side we see the sad and heart-rending results. The devil-inspired destructive forces are present in our literature, in our art, in the movies, on the radio, in our dress, in our dances, on the TV screen, and even in our modern, so-called popular music. Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home and family and especially our young people. Today, as never before, it seems the devil’s thrust is directed at our youth.

A letter from a concerned father about the evil effects of some popular music is one of many. I quote from this well-informed teacher of youth:

“Music creates atmosphere. Atmosphere creates environment. Environment influences behavior. What are the mechanics of this process?

“Rhythm is the most physical element in music. It is the only element in music that can exist in bodily movement without benefit of sound. A mind dulled by drugs or alcohol can still respond to the beat.

“Loudness adds to muddling the mind. Sound magnified to the threshold of pain is of such physical violence as to block the higher processes of thought and reason. (And turning down the volume of this destructive music does not remove the other evils.) …

“Repetition to the extreme is another primitive rock device. …

“Gyrations, a twin to rock rhythm, are such that even clean hands and a pure heart cannot misinterpret their insinuations …

“Darkness [and dimmed lights] is another facet of the rock scene. It is a black mass that deadens the conscience in a mask of anonymity. Identity lost in darkness shrinks from the normal feelings of responsibility.

“Strobe lights split the darkness in blinding shafts that reduce resistance like the lights of an interrogator’s third degree or the swinging pendulum of the hypnotist who would control your behavior. …

“The whole psychedelic design [this father continues] is a swinging door to drugs, sex, rebellion, and Godlessness. Combined with the screaming obscenities of the lyrics, this mesmerizing music has borne the fruit of filth. Leaders of the rock society readily proclaim their degeneracy. …

“And the most diabolical deceit of this infamy is that it denies evil to be an absolute. Our religion is one of absolutes and cannot be rationalized into a relativistic philosophy of the ‘liberal Mormons.’ We cannot safely rationalize away righteousness.

“What could be more misguided than fear that ‘if rock music were not endorsed by our leaders, we may lose many young people.’ (MIA music committee.) Even now we are losing them to the songs of Satan, drugs, sex, riot, and apostasy. We could be well reminded by a message from the Mormon Miracle pageant: ‘Moroni knew that you cannot compromise with evil. If you do, evil always wins.’” (Richard Nibley, excerpts from letter.)

This letter from a father, teacher of youth, and member of a college music department, although analytical, expresses the concern of many other parents and youth leaders.

The Church must not compromise standards before popular demands. Surely tobacco, coffee, and alcohol users have been alienated by uncompromising standards as much as today’s rocking miniskirts.

Never has the Church had a finer group of young people. They are choice spirits—sent to earth in this most challenging and important period of the world. Charged with the great responsibility of building up the kingdom of God on earth, they have an awesome challenge.

This great and momentous responsibility and challenge comes at a most difficult time. Never have the forces of evil been so insidious, widespread, and enticing. Everywhere there seems to be a cheapening, weakening, downgrading of all that is fine, good, and uplifting—all aimed at our youth while many of their parents are lulled away into a false security as they enjoy their comfortable complacency.

All is not well in Zion. The inspired Book of Mormon prophets saw this day and, as watchmen on the towers, issued grave warnings. I quote:

“For behold, at that day shall he [the devil] rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

“And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. …

“Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

“Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

“Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!” (2 Ne. 28:20–22, 24–26.)

The Lord, through a modern prophet, has given us a solemn charge:

“Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” (D&C 115:5.)

“For Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.” (D&C 82:14.)

“Wherefore, lift up your hearts and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand.” (D&C 27:15.)

We love the youth of the Church and we know the Lord loves them. There isn’t anything the Church wouldn’t do that’s right to help our young people—to save them. They are our future. We have faith in them. We want them to be happy. We want them to be successful in their chosen fields. We want them to be exalted in the celestial kingdom.

We say to them, you are eternal beings. Life is eternal. You cannot do wrong and feel right. It pays to live the good, wholesome, joy-filled life. Live so you will have no serious regrets—no heartaches. Live so you can reach out and tap that unseen Power, without which no man or woman can do their best.

There must needs be opposition in all things. Freedom of choice is a God-given eternal principle. To escape Satan’s snares and booby traps by following the Lord is our assignment. It is not an easy one.

Using life as a laboratory, we can observe and study the lives of others as we might through a microscope. Observe that the man of God is a happy man. The hedonist, who proclaims “Do your thing,” who lives for sinful, so-called pleasure, is never happy. Behind his mask of mock gaiety lurks the inevitable tragedy of eternal death. Haunted by its black shadow, he trades the useful, happy life for the bleak forgetfulness of drugs, alcohol, sex, and rock.

A study of Satan’s methods can alert us to his seductions. In his cunning he knows where and how to strike. It is in youth when his victims are most vulnerable. Youth is the springtime of life when all things are new. Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body can attain the vigor and good health that may scorn the caution of temperance. Youth is a time of timelessness when the horizons of age often seem too distant to be noticed. Thus, the “now” generation forgets that the present will soon be the past that looks to a life left in waste or a past rich in works. These are the ingredients in youth that make Satan’s plan of “play now and pay later” so irresistible. Yes, the devil uses many tools.

“A state of confusion is an effective environment for Satan. There is much confusion today. He employs several methods to create it. One is the distortion of definitions. To describe a drug experience he uses the term ‘mind expanding’ rather than the more accurate description of ‘reality shrinking.’

“Freedom, a word of noble tradition, is a favorite confuser. Riots, bombings, arson, and killings are committed in the name of freedom. Obscenities test the freedom of speech. Pornography, drugs, and immorality are claimed to be manifestations of personal freedom, along with miniskirts and nudity. License and anarchy are products of these false freedoms.

“A confusion of definitions includes pornography. A child can identify it, yet some of the supposedly great legal minds of our time cannot define it.

“Tolerance is a word valuable in the service of Satan. Alexander Pope warned 200 years ago that:

“‘Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.’

“An Essay on Man.”

“Ridicule works well in collaboration with confusion. To confuse youth in its searching years, the cynic defends his degeneracy by ridiculing his critics with confusing metaphors. The words of the rock recording ‘I Couldn’t Get High,’ then ‘High on the Mountain Top’ must be stricken from our songbooks. Scoffing in this manner may bring an easy laugh and a reassurance that all is well in Zion, but it is diabolically dishonest.

“The philosophy of relativism attacks the eternal principles of truth. The relativist will say, ‘If one sees filthy implications in a popular song, it is because he has a dirty mind.’ The logic of this philosophy finds its fallacy in the word implications. No filth is implied in many of the lyrics. It is proclaimed.

“If there are any doubts as to the insidious evil of rock, you can judge by its fruits. The well-publicized perversions of its practitioners alone are enough to condemn its influence. Its ultimate achievement is that contemporary phenomenon, the mammoth rock music festival. As these diseased celebrations mount into the hundreds, they infect youth by the hundreds of thousands. And where is there today a rock festival that is not also a drug festival, a sex festival, and a rebellion festival?” (Richard Nibley.)

The Spirit of the Lord blesses that which edifies and leads men to Christ. Would his Spirit bless with its presence these festering festivals of human degradation cured in LSD, marijuana, and Speed? Would he be pleased by the vulgar display of unashamed nudity and immorality? The speech of the rock festival is often obscene. Its music, crushing the sensibilities in a din of primitive idolatry, is in glorification of the physical to the debasement of the spirit. In the long panorama of man’s history, these youthful rock music festivals are among Satan’s greatest successes. The legendary orgies of Greece and Rome cannot compare to the monumental obscenities found in these cesspools of drugs, immorality, rebellion, and pornophonic sound. The famed Woodstock festival was a gigantic manifestation of a sick nation. Yet the lurid movie and rock recordings of its unprecedented filth were big business in our own mountain home.

The Lord said, “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me. …” (D&C 25:12.) It was pleasing unto the Lord where in Third Nephi in the great Book of Mormon we read: “… they did break forth, all as one, in singing, and praising their God. …” (3 Ne. 4:31.) It was pleasing unto Satan when in First Nephi, Lehi’s children and the “sons of Ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves merry, insomuch that they began to dance, and to sing, and to speak with much rudeness. …” (1 Ne. 18:9.)

And now a music scholar points to “a new direction in the rock-drug culture [which is] hailed by many ministers and the music industry as a silver lining in the clouds of gold. Religious rock is climbing up the ‘Top Ten’ charts. The growing resistance to the rock-drug scene is being diverted by this wholesome-appearing retreat from the new morality. But a review of religious rock materials unmasks an insidiously disguised anti-Christ. By reducing revealed religion to mythology, rock assumes the mantle of righteousness while rejecting the reality of sin. Without sin the new morality can continue in its Godless revel behind the pretense of religious robes. By reversing the roles of Jesus and Judas, one fast-selling album fits perfectly the warning of Isaiah [Isa. 5:20]: ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.’” (Richard Nibley.)

Little wonder that the leadership of the Church felt impelled to speak out against this sacrilegious, apostate deception by calling this wickedness to the attention of the members of the Church in a special item in the Church Priesthood Bulletin of August 1971.

Yes, we live in the best of times when the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope to all the world. And the worst of times, for Satan is raging. With relentless vigor he plunges in the harvest.

How can we thwart his designs? The MIA scriptural recitation for last year gives us a pattern to follow. The Thirteenth Article of Faith of the Church contains an important key: “… If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” [A of F 1:13]

But will we really seek? To seek requires effort.

The record bins that beckon our young people with their colorful and often off-color jackets bury many masterworks that are virtuous or lovely under a vast bulk of crass commercialism.

The magnetism of TV and radio is in the accessibility of their mediocrity. Lovely is not an adjective to describe most of their products. The inventors of these wonders were inspired by the Lord. But once their good works were introduced to the world, the powers of darkness began to employ them for our destruction. In each medium—the phonograph, motion pictures, radio, and television—the evolution of decline from the inventor’s intentions can be easily traced.

May I quote from a musician who for many years has observed the influence of music on behavior:

“Satan knows that music hath charms to soothe or stir the savage beast. That music has power to create atmosphere has been known before the beginning of Hollywood. Atmosphere creates environment, and environment influences behavior—the behavior of Babylon or of Enoch.

“Parents who retch at the radio and records reverberating in psychedelic revolt would do well to inventory their own record collection before complaining. If it is small, undiversified, and unused, the complaint must rest on the parent. Seeds of culture are best sown in the fertile ground of infant imitation. No amount of criticizing in the teen years can substitute for the young years of example that are lost. A parent who lost his chance to be a hero-image left a gap for a teen hero.” (Richard Nibley.)

Most of these heroes that are being glamorized today are no longer noble, accomplished, humble, or righteous. From reports in books, magazines, and newspapers—especially the youth sections—we learn that they are lewd, obscene, immoral, avaricious, and in some cases even cruel. It is the very life-style we are here to avoid that is paraded before our young people by their celebrated peers. To deflect the admiration of youth from these examples of the ugly life, we must start young. The care and feeding of children must include equal concern for their emotional lives as well as their physical, spiritual, and intellectual lives.

For young people to be in the world but not of the world has never been more difficult than today. But this burden must be shared by the parents. The family home evening is an important barrier to the works of Satan. The MIA program must protect our youth against every evil influence and should fill a vacuum left by rejecting worldly enticements. And, of course, a great panacea for all problems and personal doubts: prayer—private and family prayer, night and morning.

The critical and complaining adult will be less effective than the interested and understanding. And love and understanding are only effective when they are genuine. And to be genuine they must be motivated by love. We must love our young people, whether they are in righteousness or in error. In this way we can give them a chance to discern and to learn. But we must also give them a fair choice. Today many are not succeeding.

Yes, “There comes a time when the general defilement of a society becomes so great that the rising generation is put under undue pressure and cannot be said to have a fair choice between the Way of Light and the Way of Darkness.”

God grant that we as parents and leaders of youth may have the power and the good common sense to give them “a fair choice,” I humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Motherhood 

Traditional motherhood is essential to a happy baby, a content family and a healthy society 😀

Philippians 4:8 “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report — if there is any virtue and if there is any praise — think on these things.”

Here one of God’s cutest creatures, the otter, demonstrates for us…

See the full video here

Mormon “Rap” and the Destruction of White, Western, Mormon Culture

Update (3.19.17)

“Let’s face it. Hip-hop culture deadens the drive toward civility and legitimizes backwardness. It is high time the general public comes to terms with the social damage it perpetuates. If not, we can all count on yet another inner-city generation suffering from wasted potential.” – Jeffrey Hicks, member of national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21. 

When I wrote this blog I was used to a small readership, but since this post has gone viral I decide to add some additional citations for the destruction rap music causes to culture. I’ve added two here in the front and added links in the highlighted text. I have also added quotes from Prophet Benson’s 1971 General Conference talk “Satan’s Thrust.” These quotes are in bold lettering, otherwise I have left the text as it was originally published. 

Geraldo Rivera: Hip-Hop Is ‘Very Destructive Culturally’
“Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years,” talk show host tells HuffPost Live

Rap and Hip Hop: A legitimate music genre or self destructive noise?

 

 

If you want to see the future of Mormonism look no further than the rapper James the Mormon. Just as inner city Chicago used to be full of hard working, Christian, Poles, Germans and Irish but is now overrun with black, ghetto culture, it seems Mormonism and Utah are the next target for cultural destruction and what’s worse, the Mormons themselves are welcoming it.

 

“The devil-inspired destructive forces are present in our literature, in our art, in the movies, on the radio, in our dress, in our dances, on the TV screen, and even in our modern, so-called popular music. Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home and family and especially our young people. Today, as never before, it seems the devil’s thrust is directed at our youth.”

About a year or so ago I heard about this rapper James the Mormon. I heard he had put out a rap/hip hop album and that many famous Mormons, such as Al Fox, were featured in his video. While he is clear that he is not a religious singer, he does not sing about his faith, Mormons readily accepted James as if he were the Mormon version of Christian rock, only edgier. After being raised in a system which taught them that all things white and western were evil and boring, white Mormons were thrilled they could throw their hands in the air like they just don’t care and get their groove on to secular music with none of the guilt. Truly this would finally make white Mormons “cool” to all those non whites they desperately seek approval from.

This would certainly prove their street cred.

I only saw a preview of the video at first. I posted about it on Facebook, how we need to watch our cultural influences and while James may not cuss or rap about sex (at least not yet) it was promoting violent, inner city thug culture and it’s lack of traditional values. It was also erasing our strong Mormon musical culture. My friends insisted it was just for fun and no harm would come from it.

 

“Music creates atmosphere. Atmosphere creates environment. Environment influences behavior. What are the mechanics of this process?”

 

I wonder if inner city Chicago thought their first few thugs with sagging pants and rap music were “fun” and “colorful?”
Flash forward to last Sunday, I’m sitting in church when I notice a poster for an upcoming Mormon Youth event. Two church elders were scheduled to speak, that sounds right, but what was this? Performing at this conference was James the Mormon? Seriously? This had gone from fringe, Mormon, funzies to a church SPONSORED performer in less than a year? I was appalled.

“The Church must not compromise standards before popular demands.”
I asked my 13 year old if he had heard about this. He had been his usual dreamy self and not thought to register. “I don’t think you should go.” I cautioned. He agreed.

 

“All is not well in Zion. The inspired Book of Mormon prophets saw this day and, as watchmen on the towers, issued grave warnings. I quote:

“For behold, at that day shall he [the devil] rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

“And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. …

“Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

“Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

“Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!” (2 Ne. 28:20–22, 24–26.)”

At this point I watched the full video. Oh my, it was worse than I ever imagined…

Later I decided to look this guy up. Did his influence go beyond rap music to promotion of bad ideas? Oh my, yes! A quick peak at his Twitter feed showed a man, whom while I believe him to be sincere in his faith, is a horrific influence for the Mormon community and youth.

 

“There must needs be opposition in all things. Freedom of choice is a God-given eternal principle. To escape Satan’s snares and booby traps by following the Lord is our assignment. It is not an easy one.”

He promotes Beyoncé to the youth saying she “runs the world” and “thank you for all that you do.” And what is it that Beyoncé does for our culture? She promotes this…

(Caution, these lyrics are dirty and unedited)

Who wants their child, or even adult for that matter, to idolize a rapper who idolizes this woman?

 

“Freedom, a word of noble tradition, is a favorite confuser. Riots, bombings, arson, and killings are committed in the name of freedom. Obscenities test the freedom of speech. Pornography, drugs, and immorality are claimed to be manifestations of personal freedom, along with miniskirts and nudity. License and anarchy are products of these false freedoms.”

He regularly retweets an account called Jack the Jew which takes cheap shots at the President, calling him dumb and incompetent. A very bad civic role model for youth.

He is pro refugee (actually, economic migrants) and regularly tweets in support of bringing more refugees into our country despite the increase in terrorism, crime, rape, murder and disease.

He regularly tweets about his support of lowering modesty standards for women in the church urging them to show more skin and for other people not to judge this even though Mormon modesty standards are specifically tied to what the Lord has directly asked of us and not to Mormon culture.

“Ridicule works well in collaboration with confusion. To confuse youth in its searching years, the cynic defends his degeneracy by ridiculing his critics with confusing metaphors.”

He promotes liberal sites like NPR who in turn promote illegal immigration and the changing of America’s  demographics.

Here I think he was trying to say the right thing but his emotional, anti white, blind spot shows. He features a news story of a white man who was driving down the street, being pulled from his car by black people and beaten severely while they yelled racist, anti white remarks at him. James’ reaction to this story is “no side is innocent.” Really? What exactly did this man who was beaten do? I would honestly like to know how he was NOT innocent.

In addition he promotes Shaun King, shown in the tweet above. Shaun King is a white man who pretends to be black, who promotes the terrorist organization Black Lives Matter who are responsible for multiple attacks on whites around the country, for rioting, theft, and vandalism and for actually killing police officers. After a Mormon rap concert do you want your child going on James’ Twitter and being exposed to Shaun King tweets and ideologies that promote the killing of police?

At this point I had scrolled through his Twitter only a few months worth and I had had enough. It’s not that I don’t think that James is a faithful member of the church with the best intentions, he probably is, but the problem is he promotes degeneracy of western values, morals and culture. And why not? James, like most of us, was raised in an education system and culture which told us all cultures are valuable. Thug, ghetto, rap culture is held up as being perfectly equal with white, suburban culture. We are told there is no difference and to see a difference is racist but I’m sorry there IS a difference!

“The philosophy of relativism attacks the eternal principles of truth. The relativist will say, ‘If one sees filthy implications in a popular song, it is because he has a dirty mind.’ The logic of this philosophy finds its fallacy in the word implications. No filth is implied in many of the lyrics. It is proclaimed.”

Equality of cultures is a false God. What Beyoncé raps about is not morally equal to Amy Grant or Taylor Swift. Black Lives Matter isn’t just a group of black people with liberal opinions, it is a violent, terrorist organization who have carried out violent acts of murder. Modesty is better than immodesty, it simply is. Attacking the president personally and not on policy is not how civilized people behave.

All things are not equal and the culture and values promoted by James the Mormon do not reflect what is best for Mormon youth. He should not be given promotion within our homes or church.

“Yes, ‘There comes a time when the general defilement of a society becomes so great that the rising generation is put under undue pressure and cannot be said to have a fair choice between the Way of Light and the Way of Darkness.’

God grant that we as parents and leaders of youth may have the power and the good common sense to give them “a fair choice,” I humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatives to MLK Day 

For many of us we feel uncomfortable celebrating Mrtin Luther King Jr day. We have done the research and we know that the famed MLK was a communist, who kept the company of prostitutes and plagerized his “I Have A Dream Speech” from Archibald Carey. 
So this weekend while the rest of America is celebrating MLK we can use this time off to celebrate some of our heroes, heroes of the European people. Heroes who liberated our ancestors from the slavery of Arab rule in Europe. Here are some suggestions of historical figures along with coloring pages you can print out for your kids.

  
Godfrey had the dream that Jerusalem would be liberated from crushing Muslim rule and that the mass slaughter of Christian pilgrims would end. He saw that dream come true when he led the first crusade and retook Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon (1060 – 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096. He was the Lord of Bouillon from 1076 as well as the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful crusade to Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first Christian ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem after the Muslim explosion. He did not want to be called King, because he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ. He used instead the title Advocate (protector or defender) of the Holy Sepulchre (Latin: Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri). 


  
Charles Martel was the prince and duke of the Franks. He was born sometime in the 680s and died in 741. Charles united Gaul and most importantly beat back the Arab forces that were advancing into Western Europe. At the famous Battle of Tours he showed great leadership and skill and liberated Europe from the oppression and brutality of Arab invasion.

  

Alexander II, 1818 – 1881, was the Emperor of Russia. He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Finland. Alexander was the most successful Russian reformer since Peter the Great. His most important achievement was the emancipation of serfs in 1861, for which he became known as Alexander the Liberator. Living up to his liberator title he went on to give indepedance to Finnland and to kick the Muslims out of Bulgaria, freeing the Bulgarians from brutal Arab oppression they had suffered for 500 years. 

15 Day Scripture Reading Challenge

As we embark on a new year I thought I would create a 15 day scripture reading challenge we could do together! The theme is “Learning to Trust God.” No matter what this year has in store for us, joy, heart ache, challenges or ease – placing our hopes and hearts into God’s wise hands is the BEST frame of reference we can have for the start of a new year! 

The idea is super simple. From January 10th to January 25th we will be reading and reflecting upon one chapter of scripture. Within every chapter is a gem of wisdom pertaining to our theme. Once you have read the chapter feel free to get out your journal or just relax and reflect on scriptures using the T.R.A.D. method. 

T – Theme. What was the theme of this chapter? What was it about?

R – Related verse. Choose a verse that stood out to you regarding this theme. Write it down or recite it.

A – Application. How do the theme and it’s related verse apply specifically to your life?

D – Do. What can you do to apply this chapter’s lessons to your life? 

My Homemaking Schedule

 

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I learned a while ago that the best way to keep a household on task is to have a cleaning schedule both for daily tasks and weekly tasks. I wrote this up recently. I needed to make a few changes to our current routine as I prepare for baby number six. This is what I expect myself and the children to get done daily. I post it on our fridge where they can read it. usually my oldest will assign tasks to his younger siblings when it comes to what daily deep cleaning they are doing and typically everyone has three deep cleaning tasks to do daily.

I pair my children up, one “Big” with one “Little.” Currently the two oldest boys, ages 13 and nearly 10, are buddied up with one of our two youngest, ages 4 and 2. Our 6 year old is responsible just for himself. This shifts as they shift age. The Little rotates every other day so the same Big doesn’t always have the same Little, with a day off on Sunday. So, for example, my 13 year old is paired with my 4 year old Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while he’s paired with the two year old on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The pine cones referred to are a pine cone I keep in each room and our shoe cupboard. We put essential oil on them everyday, in every room. The kids get a kick out of picking the oil scent, or blend for that day. Since it’s cold and flu season we have been using a blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and tea tree oil.

 

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Morning Routine:

Before Breakfast: Dressed, little pottied and dressed, jurisdiction clean and approved.

After breakfast: Teeth brushed, Littles’ teeth brushed, general straightening up including living room and home school room. Clean kitchen up from breakfast. Fix the girls’ hair. Put oils in diffuser and on pine cones.

 

13 year old: Vacuum Living room

10 year old: Disinfect bathroom

6 year old: Take out trash in kitchen

 

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Deep Cleaning:

Monday, Kitchen: Sweep out laundry room, wipe down washer and dryer, organize stuff on top of dryer. Wipe down stove top, hood, sides, door, broiler, pull out broiler and clean floor underneath and wipe out broiler. Wipe down cupboards top and bottom, inside the door and outside the door. Clean dish dryer, disinfect counter top, lay down fresh towel. Dust window sill and window blinds, wash window inside and out. Spray shoes in shoe cupboard, wipe down shoe shelves, put oil on pine cone. Wipe down appliances that are sitting out on the shelf. Dust the light fixture. Wipe down fridge inside and out, throw away old food.

Tuesday, Living Room: Mop tile. Dust bakers shelf, light fixtures, pictures, bookshelves, computer and homeschool room desk, window sills and blinds. Wash sliding glass door and windows in the homeschool room, inside and out. Clean behind homeschool room bookshelves and under the brown chair. Wipe down walls and door frames. Clean under couch cushions, wash couch covers every other week, febreze couches. Sweep the front porch and sidewalk, wipe down front door, scrub out kids toilet. Wipe down wall in the dining room where the Littles sit, wipe down dining room chairs.

Wednesday, Outside: Sweep the driveway and the back porch. Weed and pick up trash in the front yard and the gravel. Weed and pick up trash in the back yard landscaping. Weed garden when needed.  Straighten back porch, pick up trash. Dust out pillows and cushions. Wipe down table and chairs. Clean trash and toys out of the playground, pick up rubber chips. Mow lawn. Clean and vacuum car.

Thursday, Bathrooms: Wipe down cupboards and doors. Scrub sink and basin. Scrub toilets, wipe down toilet seat and back and base of toilet. Replace bathroom towels. Clean mirror. Dust light fixtures. Take out trash. Scrub and disinfect behind and around the toilet floor. Sweep and mop floor. Throw away trash and empty bottles. Scrub out shower. Wash rugs as needed.

Friday, Bedrooms: Clean under beds. Wash sheets. Clean out trash. Clean out toy bins. Dust shelves and surfaces. Febreze mattresses. Clean window sill, wash window, dust blinds. Dust light fixtures. Vacuum. Wipe down doors.