Parenting, self-interest and some ugly choices!

When choosing to have children this implies taking up certain responsibilities

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To remember

  • a lot of us in our generation seems to forego the essence of who we are as humans, as people and not just women => If trend continues => people it would hurt most = women themselves.
  • working + multitasking like a machine =  prerogative set by societal norms + the media =  oppressive as those expectations putting women in the kitchen and keeping their thighs tightly shut.
  • I mean what is any outcome really worth if it does not involve choice? It might be packaged differently but still remains devoid of any real progression.
  • women seem to wait till a cloud floats over their marital bliss, to decide to turn into a feminista.
  • all about grace + ladylike behaviour.
  • parenting risks something much bigger + continues to impact generations to come. A far more scary prospect, if you ask!
  • When deciding to become a parent > elements like ego + self-interest needs to automatically move lower on the priority list.
  • child you produce = you + your partner decided to bring them out.
  • child =/= your private property to do away with
  • child = lifelong commitment.
  • Selfish parents often procreate a far worse version of themselves while fighting custody battles over their egos.
  • tiny change in an adult’s life can impact a younger person’s impressionable phases in life, in fundamental ways.

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Related

  1. those with young
  2. 30 Days of Thanksgiving: thankful for moms
  3. Stop making it about you and other offensive things people say
  4. This is The Difference Between Parenting Preschoolers and Teens
  5. How do I know if I’m a great parent?
  6. I Don’t Owe You Anything
  7. Parenting Rule #1: Always Be Suspicious
  8. One of those days ….
  9. It’s time we got rid of our mum guilt
  10. Twin Parenting: You Can’t Take Pleasure In Every Minute
  11. Help the Divas in Your Life Cope with Grief
  12. Children Can Be So Rude
  13. Feminismo y paranoia
  14. Día de las niñas – SuperVioletas
  15. Una feminista estadounidense abortó a su bebé sólo por ser varón: “No podría traer otro monstruo a este mundo”
  16. Las Mujeres “NO” somos Histericas!

Shoutbox

I know what you’re all thinking about. Whether this is yet another piece about whether women can have it all. But in addressing the contention around that question, a lot of us in our generation seems to forego the essence of who we are as humans, as people and not just women. If that trend continues, I think the people it would hurt the most is, well of course – us. The women themselves.

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Time to be strengthened, thankful and to be prepared

One of the remembrance days about gifts and giving is Thanksgiving which, in the United States, is always celebrated as a national holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. In many countries all over the world in several churches the believers in God look at the Summer and what it brought to them. They want to remember all the good things the earth gave them and want to give thanks for the bountiful blessings they received from God in the past season and previous years.

Having the days shortening we can not ignore the darkness around us. We not only have the sun which goes under earlier, but are also confronted with the darkness of this world, people having gone far away from their Divine Creator and having lost the sense to love each other. We do know that in the end more darkness shall come over the world, lots of people setting each other up against each other. But we do know that we must strengthen each other as brethren and sisters, giving each other hope for a better world to come.

These darker days of the year we want to show others that there is some great person to look for who is the way to God and the way to freedom and peace. People may feel the black matter coming closer to them seeing turbulent global events begin to make their mark on Jews and their allies around the world and seeing how certain so called religious group wants to press others into their beliefs and/or want to govern the world.

Several people became frightened by the things which happened that just did not make sense.

Overnight, our cherished institutions, our icons, have collapsed. We don’t understand it. People blame this one and that one. It’s not just in the United States, it’s all over the world, and we have so many natural disasters, and so much illness. What is happening?” {Esther Jungreis – Messiah Coming}

Rabbi Rebbetzin Jungreis says God is bringing the world closer to redemption in a process called “chevlei Mashiach” – the labour pains of the arrival of the Messiah.

From the Scriptures we know that there shall come a time of Great Trouble. We also know that when such time shall come, when religion shall fight against other religions, and when we shall have more natural disasters, the time shall be ready for the Messiah to come to bring order in all things and opening or closing the doors of the Kingdom for the people who have to come in front of his seat.

Based on the writings of ancient Jewish sages, Jungreis concludes that this generation is replete with the signs that are prophesied to hail the coming of the Messiah, including endemic impudence, follower-ship, idol worship, disasters, and war.

It’s going to be a generation that will abound in chutzpah

“All our [sages] agree…they do not want to be present for the chevlei Mashiach, the birth pangs, because the birth pangs are going to be very painful… It’s going to be a generation that will abound in chutzpah [audacity]. Chutzpah will be colossal. Families will be fragmented. Children will turn against parents, parents against children. The elderly will not be respected. Youth will be worshipped.

“… The generation will be like the generation of the dog.  What does that mean? The dog runs ahead but always looks back to see if the master is behind him. Similarly, people don’t have their own opinions today. What is the media saying? The media is controlling the world…” {Esther Jungreis – Messiah Coming}

Lots of people are glued to the screen of their smartphone and may have a lot of virtual friends or Facebook or other social media friends but not so many real friends. Most of all the majority of people around us do love the material goods of this world. According to Rebbetzin Jungreis, the greatest avodah zarah or idol worship of this generation is money, an obsession which causes the Western world to ignore the lurking danger posed by Islamist terror against Israel and the United States.

“We have been very blessed, perhaps there was never in history such a wealthy Jewish generation as ours was. But there was no Hakaras HaTov, no credit to Hashem. “My strength did all this”. We became arrogant, we became chutzpahdik, we forgot Hashem… Imach shemam [their names be obliterated], the sons of Ishmael, every minute it’s “Allah”. The sons of Esav, “the Lord,” every minute. Their leadership is always speaking the name of G-d. Am Yisrael … they heard the word of Hashem panim el panim, face to face – has forgotten its G-d.” {Esther Jungreis – Messiah Coming}

We not only find a very low spiritual state of the Jewish People that has caused God to hide His face from them. By Christians we also find a majority clinging onto human doctrines and worshipping several gods and saints. Lots of them even do not know the Name of the Most High God or are against people who use God’s set-apart or Holy Name. Many even go over to celebrate a so called “birth of God” (though God never was born nor shall he ever die, but they talk about the birth of God His only begotten son), on the festival of the goddess of light (December 25) instead of celebrating Jeshua’s birth on his real date of birth.

The majority of mankind choose to reject God and will not honour His majesty and shall not respect His rule over the earth. But real lovers of God take these darker days to praise Him and to be thankful that He is our light in the darkness.

The two holiday-weekends to remember the death (November 1 and 11) brought the darker side of life in the picture, remembering that it was 100 years ago that there really did not yet come an end to useless killing. We may cling to life despite the painful burden of dark memories. That is the message we should carry. It should also be days that we where thankful for those who survived and/or made it possible that others could come to live in peace for some time.

Many forget also to think about the smaller matters, like having a good night rest, waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping, being able to walk or drive along beautiful sites, feeling the sun caressing the skin and the wind pushing us forwards.

These coming weeks we shall have some time to think about our attitude to all those small things which make our life more beautiful. We are going to face days that we can sit in a nice warm living room, whilst many others shall stay out in the cold with not much food and not many clothes. For lovers of God it should be a time to think about all those matters and to be thankful for what we can enjoy and have around us. It is also a time we can find more time to read the Bible. It is a way of gratitude for the things we get, that we can make a home for the Elohim His Word in our hearts.

Thanksgiving DayFor those who shall be free on Thanksgiving day and shall come together to have a nice meal, do not forget what is behind the idea of the holiday. thank God for all the things you may have and for the blessings which may come over your family.

Let the day after Thanksgiving day not be a mad Black Friday where shopping is the greatest priority. Be not taken by the greed of this world, but stay sensible about what you really need.

More Americans seem to travel between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday than at any other time of year. AAA estimates nearly 51 million Americans travelled 50 miles or more from home for the holiday in 2017. When going places remember how it is possible you can travel to all such places and do not forget to see around you how the nature is a witness of its Designer.

When looking at the coming festive days let us always be careful not to be carried away by heathen activities or pagan rites. Let us always be careful when we want some more lights in the house, not to bring in heathen elements.

Take all those moments of togetherness as a time to share the love of God and to show your thankfulness to Him and to those around you.

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Preceding

The Proper Place of Excess

Many opportunities given by God

The Gift of Giving

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Additional reading

  1. Testify of the things heard
  2. I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !
  3. God wants to be gracious to you
  4. To Live Gratitude
  5. 2016 Thanksgiving and politics
  6. Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah
  7. A Meaningful Thanksgivukkah
  8. Thanksgivukkah and Advent
  9. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
  10. Of Grandchildren, Chanukah, and Christmas
  11. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  12. 8 Reasons Christian Holidays Should Not Be Observed
  13. Germanic mythological influences up to today’s Christmas celebrations
  14. Your New Job Description — Bless!
  15. A season of gifts
  16. Be a ready giver
  17. Blessed are those who freely give
  18. God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies
  19. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  20. A gift of 86,400 seconds
  21. Life in gratitude opens glory of God
  22. Thanking God by thinking of people
  23. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  24. Being thankful
  25. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  26. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
  27. My God
  28. Give Thanks To God
  29. Bring praise to the Creator
  30. Praise Jehovah, ​You people

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Holiday dinner

Further reading

  1. Illuminating the Darkness
  2. Preparing for the Holiday Season
  3. Happy Thanksgivukkah
  4. “How Excellent is Your Name” #1544
  5. The History of Thanksgiving
  6. A History Of The Holidays From Thanksgiving To New Years’
  7. Thanksgiving: a Tale of Two Tables
  8. five helpings of gratitude…#don’t forgetThanksgiving
  9. 5 Reasons to Get Your Sh*t Done Before Thanksgiving Break
  10. Staying Healthy During The Holidays
  11. Deck the Halls and Carve the Turkey…
  12. 17 Best Hanukkah Gifts: Your Ultimate List
  13. 13 Cute Menorahs You Can Actually Prime
  14. Have Yourself a Homespun Holiday
  15. The Seven Feasts and Their Prophetic Fulfillments
  16. Hanukkah at Epcot Is Getting a Whole “Latke” Tastier with a Pop-Up Jewish Deli
  17. Let the Word of God Dwell in You, Richly
  18. Things I’m Thankful For
  19. Giving Thanks – Day of Thanksgiving # 14
  20. Thankful Bible Verses {Free Printable}
  21. Top 10 Bible Verses on Giving Thanks
  22. Revelation 11:17

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The Gift of Giving

Autumn brings us many beautiful colours in nature. The world seems to bring us golden leaves. Getting colder and getting more wind and rain we like to spend more time in a warm living room. Getting darker we look for literal cosy lights and spiritual light.

We come closer to a time of year that people everywhere in the Western World, get very excited about giving. It is often said that part of the fun is in the giving, in watching the expression on the face of a loved one as they open the present, or in the delight of a child as they play with a new toy.

The Bible agrees that giving is an important part of our human existence. It is within the capacity of all of us to make someone else happy by giving – either a present, or a hug, or even some time and attention. There are plenty of Bible stories that talk about being generous and selfless in the way that we give. Think of the widow woman, for example, who gave her two mites into the temple treasury, which was all she had to live on (see Mark 12v41-44). This example to us means even more when we think that she was not necessarily an old widow; she could have had children to support. And yet the giving was the important thing, not the amount, and not what she got in return, just the giving itself.

Too often we focus on the value of material things, and what we accumulate in our houses. The focus is on the object, not on the action. Jesus Christ lived his whole life as a gift to others – constantly serving, providing, healing and comforting – as well as pointing out the way to please God was to do likewise. Ultimately this is the way the Gospel of John describes his final act of self-sacrifice: as a gift not from Jesus, but from God.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3v16)

Should we be giving more this year than presents and cards? What could we do with our time, our love, and our thoughts and prayers?
Do we value those as much as the goods we purchase in shopping centres? And how do you value the ultimate gift that is offered to you?

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” (Romans 6v23)

Part taken from the article “The Gift of Giving” by the Burton Christadelphians

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The Proper Place of Excess

Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats

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Additional reading

  1. A season of gifts
  2. Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah
  3. Sancta Claus is not God
  4. Christmas customs – Are They Christian?

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Related

  1. Make #GivingTuesday More Than Just a Giving Day
  2. How to foster an environment of thankfulness!
  3. Lean in…and Give
  4. Advent of the Coming King . . .
  5. 10 Best gifts for Mom this Christmas

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Autumn, gorgeous in yellow and red,

After an exceptional great Summer Autumn has come to bring us a variation of colours and many winds to push us, giving the feeling we live and have to do something, advancing in life and preparing for the colder days of Winter.

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“Autumn, gorgeous in yellow and red,
Is the harvest time, when man is led
To garner the fruits of sweat and toil
From dear Mother Earth,
the deep rich soil.”…

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Artist~Morgan Weistling
Text & image source: Remember ღ Once upon a Time? https://web.facebook.com/RememberOnceUponATime/

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Wie bedoelde Jezus met de “andere schapen” (Johannes 10:16)?

“ Ik heb nog andere schepen, die niet uit deze schaapsstal zijn. Ook die moet ik leiden en zij zullen naar mijn stem luisteren en het zal worden: een kudde, een herder.” (Joh 10:16 WV78)

De herder is in het Oude Testament een bekend beeld voor de zorg van God voor zijn volk – voor de enkeling (Psalm 23), maar vooral voor de natie, die Hij uit slavernij leidde en voedde en beschermde (Psalm 74:1; 79:13; 80:2; 95:7; 100:3; Jesaja 63:5). Het was geen toeval dat zowel de grote leider, Mozes, als de grote koning, David, herders waren voordat God hen riep om zijn volk te hoeden.

Toen het volk Israël door zijn “herders” te gronde werd gericht, beloofde God dat Hij zelf zijn kudde zou redden en de Messias, de Zoon van David, zou aanstellen, als hun herder:

“Dan zal ik één herder over hen aanstellen, die hen weiden zal: mijn knecht David. Die zal hen weiden, die zal hun herder zijn” (Ezechiël 34:23).

Micha zei eveneens van Degene die in Bethlehem geboren zou worden:

“Dan zal hij staan en hen weiden in de kracht van de HERE, zijn God”( Micha 5:3);

en Jesaja:

“Hij zal als een herder zijn kudde weiden, in zijn arm de lammeren vergaderen…” (Jesaja 40:11).

Jezus was die “goede herder” die door de profeten aan Israël was beloofd. Gedurende zijn leven was zijn werk beperkt gebleven tot

“de verloren schapen van het huis van Israël”( Mattheüs 15:24; 10:6).

Pas na zijn dood en opstanding kregen zijn discipelen de opdracht om behoudenis in hem in de hele wereld te gaan prediken. Voortaan werden ook de heidenen geroepen om deel te hebben aan Gods beloften: ook zij waren binnen de kudde van Israël gebracht. In de woorden van Paulus in Efeziërs 2:13:

“Thans in Christus Jezus bent u, die eertijds veraf was, dichtbij gekomen door het bloed van Christus”.

De toekomstige niet-Joodse gelovigen werden dus de “andere schapen die niet van deze stal zijn”, die aan Gods volk, zijn kudde toegevoegd zouden worden, om één kudde te vormen; en

“het Lam, dat in het midden van de troon is, zal hen weiden en hen voeren naar waterbronnen des levens” (Openbaringen 7:17)

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Vindt meer achtergrond

  1. Overdenking: Elke Schrifttekst is door God geïnspireerd en kan gebruikt worden om onderricht te geven
  2. Betreffende Christus # 1 Een god of de God, een mensenzoon en zoon van God
  3. Jezus zoon van David, zoon van Abraham en zoon van God
  4. Jezus van Nazareth #1 Jezus Geboorte
  5. Het begin van Jezus #10 Een Heraut kondigt aan
  6. Andere Schapen
  7. Kleine kudde getrouwe beheerder
  8. Niet alle Getuigen behorend tot Getuige van Jehovah

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Actes 10.34-48 Ce que comprend Pierre

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Actes 10.9-33 L’Esprit Saint avertit Pierre

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Small group of thoughtful committed citizens changing the world


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

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Wat je hebt, heb je vaak niet nodig

De zomer was vervullend met reizen naar alle uithoeken van de wereld.
We struinden langs winkels en deden koopjes.
We waren moe van het werkjaar, verwenden onszelf.
Nu de herfst er is, vullen we de koelkast met sauzen, soepen en sappen.
We vullen de kleerkast met truien en jassen en bijpassende sokken en rokken.
En terwijl wij vullen, kreunt de aarde.
Van ons vliegen.
Van ons vullen.
Van ons kopen.
Van ons wegwerpen.
Het is ook maar aan déze kant van de wereld
dat we kunnen leven zoals we leven.
Maar de aarde kreunt. Luister ernaar en vraag je af:
Wat heb ik écht nodig?

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Sunburnt country

The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and asking questions about their future.

Drought is a fact of life in Australia. The sun-beaten country has struggled through at least ten catastrophic ones since the mid-19th century. But they are now more frequent and severe. Scientists at the University of Melbourne, reconstructing rainfall patterns using tree rings, ice cores, sediment and corals, reckon that the big droughts of the past few decades were more acute than any in the past 400 years.

Record-low rainfall in some regions and successive seasons of above-average temperatures have blighted vast tracts of Australia’s grazing and crop land.

While the weather has improved in parts of Western Australia, winter rain has gone missing across much of the country’s east, leaving farmers praying for rain after planting seed in dry soil or culling cattle and sheep they can no longer afford to feed.

Read more about it: Australian farmers will have to get used to an even hotter climate > https://www.economist.com/asia/2018/10/20/australian-farmers-will-have-to-get-used-to-an-even-hotter-climate?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/australianfarmerswillhavetogetusedtoanevenhotterclimatesunburntcountry

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