Celebrating Christmas {In Opposite World}

Celebrating Christmas {In Opposite World}

“Christmas is simple…and complex!” That’s what my pastor said this morning in church and I quickly jotted it down. The baby in the manger.  Simple. That’s God in the manger.  We get that. (well that’s complex to grasp but not the point of the post – so we move on! lol!) But baking cookies, decorating, shopping, wrapping, attending parties, concerts and family get togethers –makes it all seem SO complex. So I googled “How to have a Perfect Christmas” and I found this list on-line: Enjoy the build up Have a Christmas movie night Read a Christmas book like “The […]

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Women Friendships {In Opposite World}

Women Friendships In Opposite World

  I got a phone call a few years back from a friend at church.  The girl called me to talk about our friendship that seemed strained. She called to see if anything was wrong (I LOVE that she took the time to call me).  I really had no issue with her –only that I could sense that she didn’t really like me. And I accepted the fact that not everyone in the world is going to like this fast talking, loud laughing, Bible girl…so I had made peace with it. We were polite in the halls at church but […]

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Women Living Well {In Opposite World} – Conclusion

WLW in Opposite World conclusion

I broke one of my writing rules during this {Opposite World} series.  It’s an unspoken rule I have… The rule is — Never write against things…but rather write for — what God is for. I want to be for women being in God’s word and walking with the King. I want to be for strong marriages. I want to be for gentle, grace and gospel-filled mothering. I want to be for women valuing the beautiful and powerful role they have in their home. But there is opposition in this world — and it comes from God’s enemy, the Father of lies.  He is like a roaring […]

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Being a Creationist {In Opposite World}

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Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. ~ I Peter 3:15 Our homeschool group went to the Natural History Museum in May.  We started out the day with a presentation in the planetarian.  The lights went dark and the speaker began. “Billions of years ago there was a dense ball of energy that expanded and formed our universe.” ………………………..really? One of the other moms said our sons both whispered out loud “wrong!” Then this speaker explained the marvelous galaxies that our God created and I […]

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Pure Hope {In Opposite World}

Pursuing Purity in Opposite World

Tim Tebow took the news media by storm when he shared that he was saving himself for marriage.  Opposite World simply hates his desire to be pure.  Anyone who believes in abstinence before marriage is painted as looney. Opposite World tells our teens to be free –just be safe.  Use protection.  Use birth control. Anything and everything goes – boys with boys, girls with girls.  And definitely do not end up 23 and a virgin.  That’s worthy of being laughed at and even questioned –is something wrong with you?  Try out all your partners and be sure you are compatible.  Live together […]

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Slowing Down {In Opposite World}

Slowing down in opposite World

2 weeks ago, my family went on vacation.  One of the things I looked forward to were the walks on the beach.  My plan was to walk briskly for about 30 minutes daily to enjoy the sand beneathe my toes, the water splashing on my ankles and in the process burn some calories. So I announced to the the family I was going on a beach walk -“who wants to come?”  My daughter cheered and grabbed her bucket and off to the beach we went. Little did I know that her plans for the beach walk were nothing like mine.  As we […]

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The Husband as Head of the Home {In Opposite World}

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  Opposite World leads us only one way –toward 50/50 marriages where no one takes the lead and at the end of the day –the woman calls the shots. First, let me say that God sees men and women equally.  At the foot of the cross there is neither male nor female. Galatians 3:28 says – “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We are all on equal ground.  We are all sinners, lost and in need of a Savior and […]

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Being Modest {In Opposite World}

Being Modest in Opposite World

 (Image Credit: New York and Company)  So I’m pretty sure I’m not the queen of modesty and I know I don’t want to be the woman with the yard stick telling girls what length their skirts should be.  So I’ll give this a go and see where we end up. My history.  I was a cheerleader at a public school…so I lived in short skirts for 9 years –modesty issue right?  But my mom made me wear tights and shorts under my skirt anytime I wasn’t actually cheerleading…this was a bit embarrassing but I obeyed.  Another rule in our house growing up was […]

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Respecting Your Husband {In Opposite World}

respecting your husband in opposite world

Many sitcoms play on the idea that men are stupid and if they didn’t have their intelligent wife to help them think clearly –they’d be in BIG trouble.  The wife is smart, strong and has it all together.  She keeps the family together and really the husband is only needed for a goofy laugh.  She uses sarcasm and eye rolling to show her disrespect. And this goes both ways.  There are some sitcoms that make the men look fun-loving and hard working and the women stay home, whine, complain and have no sense of humor…at all. The reality —Opposite World does not portray a Biblical marriage –so we can’t follow Opposite World. And so, I […]

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Having Babies {in Opposite World}

having babies in opposite world

  I was scrolling through my facebook feed recently when a friend’s status hit me in the gut.  Melanie, a beautiful young wife, from my church (pictured above) wrote: Aside from my close friends and family… How is it that 9 out of 10 people who talk to me about my pregnancy have negative things to say?? The comments are endless and quite creative in their effort to convince me that I should not be as thrilled as I am. It is usually prefaced by “JUST WAIT……(insert: miserable experience/undesirable life change)” Although they have me well prepared for “impending doom,” for now I […]

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Learning To Accept My “Muffin Top” {In Opposite World}

  I hate my muffin top.  It makes certain dresses and shirts fit ALL wrong.  So I resort to ruffled shirts, A-line dresses and anything that hides it. I wish I had a flat stomach… a flat stomach is only some self-discipline, exercise and a bit of lipo suction away, right? But I’m learning… I’m learning that I don’t have the discipline it takes to make this muffin top go away any time soon…maybe that will be next years New Year’s Resolution…{again –*sigh*} And maybe you don’t have a muffin top – but you carry extra weight somewhere else…maybe in your thighs, arms, chin, or bottom.   And maybe, like me […]

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{New Series} Women Living Well in Opposite World

WLW in Opposite World

  I was a teenager in my youth group, at a church activity, when a guy friend (who I had previously called a “boyfriend”) said these words…  “All the girls in the youth group are crap!”  I gasped out loud, “What did you just say?”  “They are crap and I would never want to date any of them.”  Wow!  This was a painful blanket statement of my friends who were beauti{full}y pursuing Jesus.  At the time, he was preferring the girls at his public school and I suppose in his eyes they were prettier –edgier —or whatever was appealing to him. Then […]

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