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What a Nightmare – Stunning Controversy over FDA-aproved Birth Control

May 9, 2015 | Author:

.- Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. But these are real symptoms that are being blamed on a real medical device, one that is being protected by the FDA. The device, Essure, is a permanent type of birth control in the form of tiny metal coils inserted into women’s fallopian tubes.

And it gets worse.

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The Cost of Children

May 6, 2015 | Author:

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It is common to hear people talk about the huge expense of raising children. Yet, most figures reported about how much it costs to raise a child are based on what parents actually spend, not what children actually need – which is a pretty big distinction.

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Trending back toward traditional family economics?

May 5, 2015 | Author:

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Bloomberg brings us new stats:

Feminism increased the share of dual income families in the 70’s and 80’s but it plateaued in the mid 90’s. Now is falling back down. The decrease in dual income families until the recent recession show in increase in single income families lead by both men and women. But the majority are lead by men. Five times more than women actually. After the small recession spike in single income families more women went back home. Men on the other hand stayed in the work force.

For all the talk of shifting gender dynamics within the American nuclear family, surprisingly little has changed when it comes to who brings home the bacon.

Only 5.6% Of households have female breadwinners and the number is declining back to pre-recession levels. It jumped a little and immediately fell back down. This seems to indicate financial necessity rather than feministic principle.

There are more single income families now than there was in 1994. Male sole bread winning households are more stable than female soul bread winning households, as they maintain a steady  thre percentage-point range over the last two decades.

Of all those who married with children more women stayed out of the work force than men. 86% of those women who have stayed out of the workforce did so to raise children compared to 24% of fathers siting the same reason.

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9 Things We Can Learn From the Royal Birth

May 3, 2015 | Author:

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Yesterday morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a little girl, the soon to be named royal princess, who is now fourth in line to the throne of England. Although the royal family is very private, there are still many things that we can learn from her birth.

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Desiring God: The Greatest Gift Is God Himself

May 3, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: Man’s idea of what the christian religion is will always leave people saying, “I felt judged.” We’re supposed to testify to God’s standards not our own. There is a christian social class in this country and to be in it, you have to keep up with all the social standards. Christ in not in it but at least you’ll be accepted by man. You’ll live under the fear of man and his expectations. You’ll spend your time, money, energy and resources living up to unspiritual moral ethics. Better to be known of Christ, be His workmanship, live according to His graces and persevere in the faith than to find in the end He never knew us. Matt. 7:21-23

What is taught here is applicable to all of the Christian woman’s life. Everyone should give it a read.]

“Don’t take this wrong, but we prayed before our children were born, and all of them were born healthy.”

I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to take that. We had just told a new acquaintance that our infant son, Paul, had died several years earlier, after we had already grieved three difficult miscarriages. I felt judged. According to this person speaking to me, Paul’s death and my miscarriages were easily preventable. It was simple. We hadn’t prayed enough. We had neglected to do our part. In short, we were to blame.

This attitude wasn’t new to me. I had felt this mixture of judgment and pressure from the day I learned of Paul’s heart problem four months into the pregnancy. Concerned friends had rallied around, assuring me of healing for my unborn son. “Pray, believing you will receive,” they urged from James 5, “and he will be healed.”

So I prayed. I fasted. I recited set prayers. I read books on healing. I asked friends to pray. I begged God. I did everything I knew to do.

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Atlantic: Living and Dying at home

May 2, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s note: A lot of creative ideas here. We’re going to see more and more of this. I’ve taken care of elderly neighbors myself only to see adult children arrive at the deathbed. Families aren’t going to realize over night their responsibility for aging parents. Some may have out lived children. There’s a host of scenarios.

I had high hopes for this piece when I read the title. I am not sure I understand why age old solution of multigenerational family settings eludes the author as a simple solution to many of the problems, if not all presented here. Basically, these communities are recreating large families,  sharing expenses, responsibilities, companionship, knowledge, and support. Volunteering for works such as these is highly admirable. Scripture does make it plain that the responsibility belongs to the family first.]

A few years back, a Domino’s pizza delivery worker named Susan Guy began to worry about one of her elderly customers, Jean Wilson, who had ordered a pizza a day for three years. Guy hadn’t received an order from Wilson for a few days, so she went to Wilson’s house and knocked on the door. When Wilson didn’t answer, Guy checked with a neighbor and then called the police, who beat down the door and found that the elderly woman had fallen and was unable to reach the phone to call for help. The woman was rushed to the hospital, and survived the ordeal.

The story illustrates one of the biggest fears many seniors and their families face about aging alone. What if something should happen? What if no one is there to help?

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Are Your Children Ready For the Future?

May 2, 2015 | Author:

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Editor’s note: Demographers are projecting that your children will have quite a weight to bear in future. Are they ready?

Claims the West is declining due to low fertility rates are exaggerated according to a new study by the University of Oxford.  It is a hopeful finding.  Although, on closer inspection I’m not sure how comforting it is that the study seems to simply identify that non-Western countries are in an even worse position, rather than finding that the West is in a good one.

[T]he study finds that the future of the developing world is not so “manageable”, and things are in fact worse than the common narrative would have us believe.  It argues that the impact of political and social instability is understated and that, while some developing countries have consistent population growth, others are experiencing rapid fertility decline leading to severe levels of population aging. Different political and social systems mean that developing countries will find it more difficult to react to demographic change than the West, and “traditional patriarchal and familist cultures may depress fertility rates to unhelpfully low levels”.

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Recommended Resources
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life
The Hidden Art of Homemaking

Mercatornet: A good day at the Supreme Court

May 2, 2015 | Author:

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This is encouraging.

Chief Justice John Roberts noted that “Every definition that I looked up, prior to about a dozen years ago, defined marriage as unity between a man and a woman as husband and wife.”

More great links and comments follow.

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We Need to Wash Our Hands of Feminist Fascism

April 30, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: Article contains a curse word but more dangerously is the promotion of federal subsidizing of private industry as a solution to this potential crippling legislation. Private industry can educate the population better than the state. Subsidies will only bring regulation natural soap makers do not want. Fighting fascism with socialism won’t work either. What will lower the price of products available in the market place is a truly free enterprise system. Proverbs 31 entrepreneurs need to understand economics, small business, tax-strategies, free markets if they are going to protect their homes and better yet cause their households to flourish.]

Law makers want FDA to crack down on soap makers.

From Simple Unhooked Living

People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. Many soap makers are rural “kitchen table” operations that rely on the income to fund their simple living lifestyle.  Some use milk from goats they raise and ingredients they harvest from the land. (more…)

Sproul: Surrendering the Culture War

April 25, 2015 | Author:

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There is a great difference between being like a lamb before the slaughter and rolling over and showing your neck. Christians need to learn to tell the difference. We find ourselves dizzy with the swiftness by which we have lost our privilege in the culture and have become virtual pariahs. Our sitting president, while serving as president, took a position on gay “marriage” that now is not just considered unsophisticated but is on the fast track to being a hate crime.  Homo-rage is all the fashion; homo-fascism is all the rage. And Christians are increasingly being herded into a cultural ghetto.

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Canadian Warns US: Homosexual Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights

April 25, 2015 | Author:

6944412639_ec0ebc9501I am one of six adult children of gay parents who recently filed amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court, asking the Court to respect the authority of citizens to keep the original definition of marriage: a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, so that children may know and may be raised by their biological parents. I also live in Canada, where same-sex marriage was federally mandated in 2005.

I am the daughter of a gay father who died of AIDS. I described my experiences in my book: Out From Under: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting. Over fifty adult children who were raised by LGBT parents have communicated with me and share my concerns about same-sex marriage and parenting. Many of us struggle with our own sexuality and sense of gender because of the influences in our household environments growing up.

We have great compassion for people who struggle with their sexuality and gender identity—not animosity. And we love our parents. Yet, when we go public with our stories, we often face ostracism, silencing, and threats.

I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage. The consequences have played out in Canada for ten years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.

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The Public Purpose of Marriage

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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The Ruth Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the American family from the structural injustices of the sexual revolution headed by Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, in collaboration with Sharee Langenstein, an Illinois attorney, has submitted an Amicus brief to the US Supreme Court about same-sex marriage. Here is a selection from the brief.  

What is the public purpose of marriage?

“Marriage is society’s primary institutional arrangement that defines parenthood. Marriage attaches mothers and fathers to their children and to one another. A woman’s husband is presumed to be the father of any children she bears during the life of their union. These two people are the legally recognized parents of this child, and no one else is.”

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Recommended Resources
Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
Men and Women, Equal Yet Different: A Brief Study of the Biblical Passages on Gender

One Reason Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: There are a few things to consider when reading this article. One, we’re all born humanists. Unreasoning. Selfish. One-sided in our thinking. Easily mislead. Often biased. Second, we’ve established that academia isn’t healthy for children and so we home school. Third, the author fails to point out the source of truth by which all thought, opinion, beliefs are measured. That would be scripture. Even with the conclusion the author gives us, there must be a standard by which that conclusion is true, rather than the ‘workings of the world’. What this article does do is reiterate just how pointedly confusing government schooling has become especially under common core. They’re setting our children up to be unable to judge rightly and discern good from evil. Do we want that? We’re setting our children up for failure if we’re still partaking in the government school system. ]

What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised?

I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture.

[W]here is the view coming from?

A few weeks ago, I learned that students are exposed to this sort of thinking well before crossing the threshold of higher education. When I went to visit my son’s second grade open house, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board.

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Recommended Resources
By This Standard: The Authority of God’s Law Today
Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith
Homosexuality: A Biblical view
Law & Liberty

The Tebow Bill (HB 347, SB391, SB2046): Why Oppose It

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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Editor’s Note: Follow No2Tebow Bill on Facebook here

Texas is an exceptional state in regards to homeschooling. We are not one of the most free to homeschool in, we are the most free to homeschool in. Because of this, comparing the other states that have passed “Tebow” bills to Texas and the lack of new regulations those bills have so far produced is simply an illegitimate argument. Home schooling is practiced in all 50 states and parents have the right to choose to homeschool under those individual state laws. Texas is the only state where home educating parents are completely free of regulation in any form, be it district approval, curriculum approval, registering with districts, or mandated testing, etc… Therefore, if even one regulation that is equal to what the other states already have in place; Texas has then raised its regulations on homeschooling 100%.  THSC president has made the statement that “nothing in the current bill” brings regulations to those who choose to participate, but the key word there is current and there is no guarantee that once it leave committee it will resemble how it is “currently”(THSC, 2015).

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I traded perfect for a house full of real

April 21, 2015 | Author:

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Photo credit: LIsa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

By Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood

We are so quick to despair over our own dirty laundry – especially the grown up kind – and then assume so easily and quickly that those other moms at the playground has her life and her laundry together.

We believe somewhere deep down in our sleep-deprived minds that there are perfect moms out there. With perfect homes and minivans and meal planning systems.

Perfect moms with perfect kids who do all the things we can’t seem to manage without breaking a sweat.

We judge ourselves by the perfect standards we think that everyone except ourselves manages to live up to.

Last night I thought my kids were playing nicely in the front yard and then I looked outside and LOST MY MIND.

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Recommended Resources
Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing the Large Family
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends
The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America’s Largest Families–How they Do It
Trim Healthy Mama