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31 Days of Praise {Day 7} – When We’re Busy

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  – Proverbs 31:13-19

Okay, confession time. It’s now 8p.m. on Day 7 of 31 Days of Praise and I’m just now finding time to write this post. When reading about the Proverbs 31 woman above, I get exhausted thinking about all that she does. I aspire to be her, but there are some days that I just can’t quite measure up to her, much less even imagine my children rising up to call me blessed.

Today has been ‘one of those days’. Between homeschool lessons, three conference calls, four website designs in progress, two blog moves, and church responsibilites, I was left feeling a little deflated and a LOT overwhelmed at the tasks on my plate. I wasn’t sure I had the energy (or much less, brain power) to write this post, and then the Lord brought Proverbs 31 to my mind. I hadn’t even come close to doing all she does and yet, I was ready to quit!

Of all the things we allow to “slide”, one thing we should keep front and center is our relationship with the Lord. He’s well aware of what is happening in our daily lives and how quickly we can become overwhelmed. We never intentionally stop spending time with God or praising Him, it just sort of happens somewhere between that third and fourth load of laundry. If we are able to steal a few moments, they are usually spent on basics things such as taking a shower. {Can I get an “Amen” on that one?}

So all of that to encourage you to grab a few minutes {just do it now} and spend some time giving a prayer of thanks and praise to God that He knows what we go through on a daily basis. Ask Him to instill a genuine desire to spend more time reading His Word and praying. Ask Him to nudge you when you forget to give Him the praise He deserves.  In Isaiah 65:24 God says, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will answer.”

He’s waiting…are you willing?

Please visit the other ladies who are participants in the 31 Days of Ministry Online:

Amy Bayliss {Cajun Inspired} : 31 Days of Heart Matters
{A Martha Heart} : 31 Days of Prayer
Karin {Mommy Matters} : 31 Days of Intentional Parenting
Jenny {867-53oh9} : 31 Days of Social Media
Dawn {My Home Sweet Home} : 31 Days of Encouragement
Lisa Boyd : 31 Days of WordPress

*Links to all posts on this subject can be found here.

Leaders VS. Followers

When this post originally was published (way back in October of 2006), it had more to do with business than raising children. Today, I can look back at it and see it has as much (if not more) to do with raising children as it has to do with business.

It is really my heart’s desire for my kids to see me SERVING joyfully and willingly not only my husband’s needs, but their needs as well. It is only through my example that they will learn – I can’t be a “Do as I say, not as I do” type of mom.

I truly hope to instill these following values in my children over the next few years that I am able to have them at home.

When leaders make a mistake, they say, “I was wrong.”
When followers make mistakes, they say, “It wasn’t my fault.”

A leader works harder than a follower and has more time; A follower is always “too busy” to do what is necessary.

A leader goes through a problem;
A follower goes around it and never gets past it.

A leader makes and keeps commitments;
A follower makes and forgets promises.

A leader says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”
A follower says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

Leaders listen;
Followers just wait until it’s their turn to talk.

Leaders respect those who are superior to them and tries to learn something from them; Followers resent those who are superior to them and try to find chinks in their armor.

Leaders feel responsible for more than their job;
Followers say, “I only work here.”

A leader says, “There ought to be a better way to do this;”
Followers say, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

Doesn’t that make you want to be a leader?

Signs of the Times

You know it’s a sign that you’ve quit blogging altogether when you don’t even post photos from your staycation a month ago…

Or when you forget to even drop in and say “Happy Resurrection Day”…or take ONE photo of the cuteness that was your kids all dressed up for Easter services to show off on the old blog.

Or maybe it’s a sign that you’ve just got way too many things on your plate and don’t have a clue how to keep all your plates spinning and the blog is the first thing to go?

Regardless, I shall return with a vengeance once things settle down a bit – if that ever happens.

Hope you’re doing well, mom…since you’re probably the only one still reading this!

Photos of K’s haircut coming this week! (I’ve got you on the edge of your seat now, don’t I?)

Gratuitous shots of my cat taking over my desk while I’m slaving away on websites:

Is he not just a beaut? Sigh…if he were a man, he’d be a prince.

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UNRC Treaty – What it is & What We Can Do

The vital child-parent relationship is deeply valued in millions of homes across the nation.

Yet most American families have no idea of the extent to which this precious relationship is now jeopardized by the threat of international treaty law.

Today the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is approaching a possible ratification by the United States Senate.

This treaty, as harmless as it may appear, is capable of attacking the very core of the child-parent relationship, removing parents from their central role in the growth and development of a child, and replacing them with the long arm of government supervision within the home. – from parentalrights.org

My understanding is that if a treaty is ratified by the United States, it becomes law.

So in the case of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNRC), if the United States signs it, an international body will be in control of deciding what is best for our children!

International law will supersede our own state and federal laws.

International law will govern our children and our parental hands will be tied. There won’t be anything we can do about it at that point. The time to act is now.

Please familiarize yourself with the dangers of the UNRC.

Many countries around the world have already signed the UNRC treaty and the results have been horrific. If you have not already done so, please consider signing the petition at parentalrights.org.

The founder of parentalrights.org, Michael Farris, is working on an amendment to our Constitution that will protect our parenting rights in the U.S. Can you take a moment to read and sign the petition, and pray for the protection of our parental rights in the United States?

Share this information with your friends and family so that we can all take a stand together to protect our precious freedoms.

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Used Children’s Books in Jeopardy – please help!

I received this email on a homeschooling site and wanted to pass it on to those of you that might not be aware that there is a possibility of the fact that we will no longer be able to resell “used” Children’s books for homeschooling. I am in the process of researching this out and found the CPSCIA link regarding these items and this is what it says:

Does the new requirement for total lead on children’s products apply to children’s books, cassettes and CD’s, printed game boards, posters and other printed goods used for children’s education?

In general, yes. CPSIA defines children’s products as those products intended primarily for use by children 12 and under. Accordingly, these products would be subject to the lead limit for paint and surface coatings at 16 CFR part 1303 (and the 90 ppm lead paint limit effective August 14, 2009) as well as the new lead limits for children’s products containing lead (600 ppm lead limit effective February 10, 2009, and 300 ppm lead limit effective August 14, 2009). If the children’s products use printing inks or materials which actually become a part of the substrate, such as the pigment in a plastic article, or those materials which are actually bonded to the substrate, such as by electroplating or ceramic glazing, they would be excluded from the lead paint limit. However, these products are still considered to be lead containing products irrespective of whether such products are excluded from the lead paint limit and are subject to the lead limits for children’s products containing lead. For lead containing children’s products, CPSIA specifically provides that paint, coatings, or electroplating may not be considered a barrier that would render lead in the substrate inaccessible to a child.

*****UPDATED TO ADD a link I received from another homeschool mom with clarification for resellers****

And now for the note I received:

Oh, how I wish this were a joke! But it is a grim and looming, almost Orwellian, reality.

Effective February 10th, in the United States, the sale of all children’s books (books intended for children ages 12 and under) is to be PROHIBITED. Every single book printed prior to the ruling is affected, whether new or used. New books in production are required to include a “lead-free” certification and will be the only books that are legal to offer for sale.

What does this mean to the homeschooling family?

Well, for one, curriculum fairs across the country will be cancelled as book vendors scramble to figure out how to comply with the new ruling. Complete book inventories will have to be destroyed — the ruling even prohibits giving away the books! Local thrift stores will be hard hit — most will likely have to close their doors — yes, even Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Clothing, toys and books — even CDs and DVDs are included in the ruling. Thrift stores will no longer be able to accept or process anything (including clothing) that would be intended for a child.

No more library sales. Libraries will not be permitted to give away or sell book donations. It is unsure yet, however, how the libraries’ shelves themselves will be impacted (the ruling doesn’t explicitly mention “loaning” books, just selling or giving them away). The key word, however, is “distribution” –libraries may well be required to destroy books from their shelves.

(The ruling that originally passed was about toys, but the EPA has since made a statement that clothing, books and media are included in “children’s toys”.)

Just how serious is this new law?

Amazon.com has already notified all vendors of their need to comply. No book can be sold at the Amazon site that was printed prior to compliance. And the “compliance” must be coordinated at the manufacturing stage. At the time of this article there is no clause to be able to grandfather-in older books or even rare out-of-print
books. It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.

I happen to own a children’s bookstore specializing in living books from the 1950s and ’60s. My punishment for selling a book after February 10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it is a felony charge. For selling a SINGLE book.

(Although I don’t think the S.W.A.T. team scenario would become a reality overnight, at the same time I would be leery of blatantly violating Federal law.)

So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore that sells children’s books? Or that homeschool curriculum business? Or your EBay business selling children’s items?

ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:

1) Email or call the CPSIA – the office of the CPSC ombudsman at 888-531-9070.

Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009. Or mail: Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov

2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact information, just enter your zip code.

3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 in each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.

4) Sign the petition.

5) Spread the word! Forward this article. Send an email. Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and encourage them to do the same.

Sincerely,
Heather Idoni
http://www.BelovedBooks.com

For the complete story, read the following links:

ABOUT THE NEW LAW

Summaries on Legislation Index page for Children’s Products Containing Lead

Office of the General Counsel FAQ on retroactive inventory requirements — The use of forward effective dates appears to force current inventories to adhere to the ruling on February 10th, 2009.

Specific FAQ on their interpretation of books and other media to be included in the testing of lead based products.

Effective Date: Lead content limit of 600 ppm becomes effective 180 days after enactment. An advisory opinion regarding the application of the new lead limit to inventory existing at the effective date can be found on our web site.

Getting the Lead out. There is no lead in children’s books.

From a Pediatrician.

What are your thoughts on this, folks? Will you join me in contacting our government?

{Karen}

PS – A saying, attributed to Ben Franklin, constantly circulates in my mind. You’ve heard it: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” American Vision Article on Safety’s War on Thrift/

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