Thursday, December 22, 2011

For Hope :)

Hope, this is Anna, Genia's dog that is pg, due any day, and she asks $400 for blacks, and $500 for yellows. This female is a paternal sister to Dandy. Her dad was killed by a car a couple months ago.

6 months old

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

3 days and 3 nights

There's countless verses like this one: "As Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth, so shall the Son of Man be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40) If taken literally to mean 3, 24 hour periods, then Jonah would have been in the belly of the whale 72 hours right? So would the belly of the earth. Tradition has it that Jesus was buried Friday evening and rose Sunday morning, totalling around 30 odd hours, not 72. Mark 15:42..."when the evening was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath..." Then, "Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they (the 2 Marys and Salome,) were on their way to the tomb." So, crucified the day before the Sabbath, rested in the tomb all the Sabbath, and rose ON the third day...not AFTER 3 days and 3 nights.

Some say that he was crucified on Wednesday or Thursday, because there's more than one Sabbath in the Passover Week. But Mark 16:2 clearly states that he rose "on the first day of the week." So if the other 3 Sabbaths occurred in the Passover Week, (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,) He could have died on Wednesday, been 3 days and 3 nights in the earth, and rose Sunday morning-except that he rose ON THE THIRD DAY. (Matt 16:21, Matt 17:22-23, Matt 20:18-19, Mark 9:31, Luke 9:22, John 2:19-21, Acts 10:39-40, I Cor. 15:3-4, and more.) But, again, Mark 8:31 says "And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again." Either "3 days and 3 nights" was just an idiomatic way of saying" parts of 3 days," or raised the third day," could somehow mean "raised after 3 FULL days and nights," remains well as other options...any ideas??

But, as Calvin says, there are essentials, and not-quite-so essential essentials. The essential point: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again as redeeming Savior. Maybe God deliberately left the exact duration a little fuzzy, so we "don't judge one another with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration, or the Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come, the reality, however, is found in Christ." (Colossians 2:16-17)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

America...last man standing

This is reallly long, but reallly scary....some of it is a little messed up Biblically, but overall....

In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: "Who lost Europe ?" Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons in New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem ..

......I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
First, I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe . Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .
The Europe you know is changing.
You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.
All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.
There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe . With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.
In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.
In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.

In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel .. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.
Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France .. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call 'respect'. And this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state holidays.

The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey .
Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators 'settlers'. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.
Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz; second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia . Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
The war against Israel is not a war against Israel . It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel , they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'. In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60% sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem .....

Liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe 's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.
We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.

" Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared." Proverbs 3:25-26

Monday, December 5, 2011

All creation testifies to the glory of God.....

...but especially baby horses ♥

Day 1

OOOOOPSY!! (yeah, that's placenta blood :)

From here in pics is one week old-today(....that's the best way to do your math...sitting outside in 60 degree weather with a camera and a beautiful horse to photograph.) ((Another good way is sitting backwards on your horse with the math book on his rump..but that doesn't work with a mini...) (((one more way is 'guard duty' with a pellet gun))) Isn't math bad enough already?? At least do it outside :)
Super cute!Super crazy!!

Cheerio ♫

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holidays are coming up, school's out (even for us homeschoolers,) Christmas decorations going up, Christmas music on the radio, cold weather!!!, decorated mini carts, lights everywhere, excitement growing...but what for?? It's truly shocking how many people will answer "For fun," or even "I don't know, its just what we do," to the question "Why???" We've always been taught a lot of symbolism in the decorations & that all of it is one giant celebration for remembering God's incredible gift--and never really wondered if not everyone thought the same way. We have run into a number of people this year that don't even celebrate...which came as quite the surprise at first, till we got reasons. I can see where they're coming from. Is Christmas Biblical? It certainly is not commanded, but neither are a lot of our everyday activities, and if we are supposed to love/worship God "with all our heart, soul, and mind," how can we do it more so on Dec. 25 (& why Dec 25??.) But, there are festivals/holidays in the Bible that are purely for remembrance.... Any more pros and cons...let's hear them :)

Thanksgiving.....could either be really dreaded or really loved around here...depending on how you take trials. 2 years ago, a good friend that was living at our house miscarried at 18 wks on Thanksgiving, and then this year, mom's 4lb Papillon stud dog was killed by the 85lb Lab stud in the barn who was "defending" his territory and his girl. Maybe God's trying to make a point here?!?! Be thankful in EVERYTHNG, no matter WHAT!!! What's the verse??? "Though You kill me, still I will praise You," or something like that. Talk about faith!

It also bring new meaning to the verse, "Weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice," because you might not understand how much it hurts until something happens to you. We've heard hundreds of people that come to buy puppies say, "My dog just died and it's finally time to get a replacement." Oh, OK, your dog died. I'm sorry for you, but mine are still alive so we're all well and good. Ouch. It really doesn't feel good at all when it happens to you....I'll be a tad more sympathetic when I hear that. Or when a horse colics. Mom gets nearly hysterical when that happens, and I'm sitting there thinking, "OK, its bad right now, but it always turns out fine in the end...what are you so freaked about? Oops, my mistake. She'd had a TB race-horse mare die from colic...I hadn't. Roller dies (from colic.) Now even a horse as insignificant as Magic colics and I almost start crying. Crazy, huh? And a lesson (at least for me!!)

And I honestly think that every time something like that happens, it makes me more thankful, and I realize how blessed we are and how little (really bad) actually happens. I can still look around at out 19 horses, 11 other dogs, my goofy bird (who doesn't even like me... :) *I wonder who stole her 'love??'*) and my family, and most of all, God, and say !!!WOW!!!! Thank YOU so much!!! We are so incredibly blessed! You just gotta get through that pain, and "everything works out for the good of those who love Him!!!" It is so true, thank God :0

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Josiah's b-day "party"

I was going to stick these pics in with the other 2 posts but decided they needed one all to themselves :)
How many people does it take to tie down Josiah??
"I'm gonna KILL you for this!!!!"
Matt being tickled

Kidnapped by the D's/R's...
....and taken to McDonald's...

....for ice cream :)

The kidnappers and the kidnapped

Mrs. C's b-day party

Hadleigh Laney Macey and I
David and Joel
Macey and I
Macey, Holly, Maggie, Emmy, and me
Me and Emmy
Me, Holly, Emmy, and Maggie with Laney
Laney...needs the sun photoshopped off her face but I don't have time right now :) I gotta go drive my lil girl
Lis and Laney
Chris Y and Ian C

Us :)

Scope on the gun :)
Guard duty....the birds love the winter grass seed
Sis :)
My little devil :)
macro lens :)
I don't like this pic, but the background is super cool!!
Awwww :)
GCC...Piano competition

Gold medal ♥