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Truly we are fearfully and wonderfully made AND PROPORTIONED…

Friday, 06. January 2012 by Renee Ellison


The Principle of the Golden Ratio shows that the human body is in perfect mathematical proportions within itself. Try it out on your own body or your children’s bodies!

  • The length of the pointer finger from the tip to the second knuckle is the same as the length of the nose.
  • The forearm, measured from the elbow to the wrist is the same length as the foot.
  • The circumference of a FISTED hand is the same length as the foot.
  • The body height is eight times the length of the head.
  • The span of laterally outstretched arms, measured from finger-tip to finger-tip is equal to the height of the body.
  • The length of the hand is the same as the length of the face.
  • The length from ankle to knee is the same as the length from chin to navel.
  • The height of face equals the length of the hand.

  • That’s Divine Proportion! Wonder what ELSE our God has done in mysteries beyond measure smile

    For quick further reading:

    Filed Under: Spiritual tips

    Micro Plant Powder is a great addition to the daily diet

    Sunday, 01. January 2012 by Renee Ellison


    Concerned about environmental toxins? Add Micro Plant Powder to your diet. It is tasteless and goes with whatever you’re eating or drinking, but does a world of good for you.

    Here’s what our supplier says about it:

    “MICRO PLANT POWDER has a very strong negative charge. As these millions of cylinders move through the stomach and digestive tract, they attract with a negative charge the positive toxins in the body and absorb bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticide and drug residues, E-Coli, and heavy metals, molds and mildews, and mycotoxins. These are trapped inside the cylinders and passed out of the body. In addition, any larger parasites that happen to be in the stomach of the digestive tract are destroyed by the MICRO PLANT POWDER without destroying the flora in the stomach and keeping the vitamin B-12 and vitamin K balance. All of these activities result in a much healthier body with less sickness. We often hear the phrase “I just feel better” with our MICRO PLANT POWDER users. This better feeling comes from all the TOXINS being removed from the body and by giving your immune system the “jump start” it needs.”

    Get it now while you can, for the long haul! Micro Plant Powder will last 100 years if kept dry. Its probiotic component is “asleep” and does not become active until exposed to moisture.

    Filed Under: Nutrition tips

    NEW BOOK RELEASE and GIVEAWAY! Teachers’ Secrets & Motherhood Savvy

    Wednesday, 07. December 2011 by Renee Ellison


    Dear Homeschoolers,

    We have an exciting announcement!! Renee’s new, power-packed 236-page book, Teachers’ Secrets & Motherhood Savvy for Homeschoolers has just been published! Pre-order now to claim your copy, and order several as new-year inspiration gifts for your favorite homeschooling moms! Your copies will be shipped to you, hot off the press, next week!

    And enter the giveaway below!

    This book is a lifeline for busy moms. It contains scores of terrific ideas that will improve everything you do in the home. Most women get trained for all jobs they undertake in life, EXCEPT for motherhood and managing a home. In these two endeavors, pinch-hitting rules the day. Reading this book it will put a major dent in that deficiency.

    Most moms never had a course in college about how to teach or how to be a great mom. Motherhood and homeschooling has a steep learning curve. Tips help! Put these ideas to use and you’ll exchange domestic floundering for longed-for capability.

    Teachers’ Secrets & Motherhood Savvy contains Renee’s most popular topics: The Power of a Focused Mother; How to Train Your Children, Not Just Discipline Them; 12+ Ways to Trigger the Brain; and Top-notch Home Management Strategies!

    Knock the stomach right out of your incapabilities. Understanding WHAT to do, and how to do it, is 99% of the task. You can’t afford not to get this book. Stay sane by gleaning from Renee’s 30 years of experience.

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    A Thanksgiving your tummy will thank you for :)

    Tuesday, 22. November 2011 by Renee Ellison


    This blog is about how to DO Thanksgiving while also building your health, by making wise nutritional choices and having thanksgiving in your heart and in your mouth.

    Remember that sluggish feeling after Thanksgiving dinner—when all you want to do is flop onto the couch? Well, that doesn’t have to be!!! If you combine your food correctly your tummy will thank you and you will have none of that aftermath “downer” brain fog fatigue to deal with. You’ll have loads of energy to enjoy each other more.

    Proteins and starches use entirely different digestive juices—

    proteins need the acidic environment of the stomach, whereas starches

    are digested in the alkaline environment of the intestines—so separate them! A turkey can be stuffed with quinoa in order to avoid the bread; fill it out with celery, onion, garlic, spices, etc…

    Have your meat and a delicious robust salad one meal, early, then several hours later, for your later dinner, have the potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. You are going to eat all the Thanksgiving fixin’s later anyway for a light dinner, so it might as well be a continuation of the earlier meal instead of a repeat.

    You won’t believe the difference in how you feel and you’ll enjoy all the tastes so much better. Take digestive enzymes too, before you eat, if you want even more tummy ease.


    While we’re on that topic: here’s a hyperlinked list of 16 DVDs that can inspire you to improve your diet and reboot your health.

    We recently watched the movie, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Have you seen it? It documents two men’s turn-arounds to restored complete health. They rebooted by juicing for 60 days and vigorously exercising. An amazing story…SOOOOOOOOOOO inspiring. Funny, too…superb cartoons of what happens inside your body. First rate all the way—good for the whole family to watch—very entertaining.

    This is one of 16 movies to pass on to anyone who is suffering through cancer or others who are in the stages of degenerative disease (i.e., nearly everyone). The whole family might progressively watch through them together so that everyone is on the same page. Look for them at your local library, Amazon, Netflix or directly from the producer by searching for that title on the Internet. Some, you can watch right on your computer, at least in part.

    Forks Over Knives
    Dying to have Known
    The Gerson Miracle
    Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
    Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
    Processed People
    Healing Cancer from the Inside Out
    Cancer is Curable Now
    The Beautiful Truth (from Gerson Institute)
    The Gerson Story (see YouTube link above)
    Got the Facts on Milk
    Super Size Me
    Food, Inc.


    Thanksgiving (the attitude, not the holiday) is an important facet of health. It’s a great time for training our children in thankfulness?. In his book, A Woman’s Wisdom (a book which we don’t, on the whole, recommend however), Rabbi Shalom Arush writes about the value of training thankfulness in a child. Here are some quotes:

    * Your child needs to be taught to say a proper thank you to God, to mom, and to dad often even for something as simple as a cup of water. That way, the child learns not to take anything for granted and grows up appreciative, unspoiled, and happy with whatever he has. Such children are never jealous or disgruntled.

    * By contrast, parents who don’t require this are almost guaranteeing that their child will acquire terrible character traits—lack of appreciation, an inflated sense of entitlement, jealousy, anger, and ingratitude. The child that never learns to appreciate and say thank-you becomes a spoiled child who is always yelling and demanding to have things that don’t belong to him. Today, he’s maladjusted in kindergarten and tomorrow, he’s a self centered individual that’s on the way to his second or third divorce.

    * Parents themselves can become so sick of their own spoiled child’s ingratitude that eventually they stop wanting to give anything to their child.

    * The child needs to say the thank you for the child’s own sake. To be required to say it, by wise parents, is good for the soul of the child. God loves our praises not for his own sake but because it looks good on our faces !!! “Praise is becoming to the righteous”. He doesn’t need our praises any more than a parent needs a child’s gratefulness…but the child needs it.

    Frustrated: Should I send my child back to public school?

    Sunday, 30. October 2011 by Renee Ellison


    Sometimes by this time of year, one begins to look longingly at the public school as an escape from the current trials caused by homeschooling in your home. But why is this not a good place to go in your thinking? The issue is not how wonderful the school is, or how academically strong, or how fine the teachers are, or what an outstanding curriculum it has. The issue is the peers. Peers don’t have enough of an experience base to mentor another peer. And that IS what will be going on. The peers mentor and influence each other far more thoroughly than the textbooks or the teacher. So let’s look at that influence. Statistically, at least 60% of those other students come from broken homes—which means they have seen a great deal of fighting, yelling, and screaming and addictive behaviors of all sorts and shades behind their front doors in their most formative years. Those young children have learned socialization from their dysfunctional homes—and they will smear that “language” all over your child. And 100% of them will have been raised on television—whether the home is parented by believers or not.

    What’s the matter with all that TV-watching? No matter how wholesome the TV program is, or how much the good guy wins, it is the secondary messages in the stories that devastate. The children learn rebellion and all its ways from this relentless foul programming. They observe how pouting and sass operate, and find out just how to “do it”. And at the presupposition level they absorb subtle occultism and anti-God brainwashing through all of its programming. Like a fish in a filthy fishbowl, the children grow up thinking this is normal air. Your child, so influenced/trained, grows up rubber-stamped with the culture, just like everyone else. If you want an unusual child, a unique child, a highly creative child, a truly holy child, he or she must grow up and thrive under the private, superior, mature tutelage of a wise, loving adult, and optimally that adult is the parent.

    Basically, you can teach a child with any book. The mother is the key, not the book. Specifically, the mother’s exhaustion factor is the supportable or insupportable variable to all that even happening, much less continuing. A mother called me the other day saying that after 11 years of homeschooling she was burned out. We hear it countless times through tears, after only one year. Mothers secretly want to put their children back in public school…why?... not because it is better for the child, but because the mother is worn-out and can’t cope any more. The public school option is a temptation for the sake of expediency, not for ideological reasons. By the way,

    the single biggest cause of burnout is the wrong curriculum

    : is it mother-taxing, or mother-friendly? If interested, contact us for advice about what we have found to be the easiest curriculum to administer that eliminates this problem entirely.

    Just keep your children out of public school. If you don’t, you’ll trade your current lesser nightmare for the greater nightmare of a thorough and complete brainwashing. Your child will emerge a child of the secular pop culture and you won’t like living with those results for the rest of your life.

    Healing FASTER: A summary of the most current health research

    Sunday, 23. October 2011 by Renee Ellison


    If you are feeling under the weather or are coping with a serious disease and you want to listen in, here are some health tips, laid out for you. If not, skip it smile It is a compilation of research I’ve done over the past two months into the accomplishments of some of the most prestigious healing clinics of the world—and hours and hours and hours of reading current research in the field of alternative medicine. It has been quite the eye-opener.

    Many people have been healed by using alternative means.
    Enough people have been healed from dread diseases over the past several decades, going the natural route, to draw several conclusions by now. These people number not in the hundreds, but in the thousands. Their determination was iron-willed, their discipline incredible. Their testimonies online and in health magazines and books are RINGING!!! A number of them have said, “I could have done it FASTER if I had known THEN what I know now.” So, how does one heal from a terrible illness FASTER? Below are their collective conclusions. Success leaves trails.

    Their winning mindset:

    • They would NOT take no for an answer.
    They determined to get well—so much so that giving up was not an option. Many had seen relatives die under current state-of-the-art hospitalizations, and were fiery in their grit to not go that route. They were upset about “normal” solution/disasters that they had seen all around them.

    • These people were marked by patience.
    They did not EXPECT quick turnarounds. They kept their eyes on what they were doing to improve their input into their body on every level, NOT on their symptoms. They did whatever it took, for as long as it took. They were unmoved by their current condition—having visualized their FUTURE healed condition.

    They realized that they almost didn’t have to have ANY diagnosis to determine what was wrong with them, because they were aware that ALL diseases have the same negative root causes: an internal chronically acid environment, toxic build-up, a stressed lifestyle with no let-up, dead foods that require herculean amounts of effort to digest with no reward, no sunshine, no exercise, unforgiveness, no faith, etc., etc.

    • They understood that addictions lived in them, no matter how refined and unnoticeable.

    Food addictions are the strongest addictions known to man, because they are rooted in childhood and in one’s notion of comfort. Comfort foods have a grip on the body that is superhuman to break. These people EXPECTED a fierce battle with themselves, and were their own policemen. They realized that the buck stopped with them and that no one ELSE would experience the RESULTS of their overcoming themselves or of not overcoming themselves, down to minute multiple bodily and mental disciplines.

    What they did:

    • Ate nothing but raw food for one to two years and MEGADOSED on all superfoods… including spirulina, chlorella, blue green algae, wheat grass, barley green, ginger, turmeric, garlic, lemon, sprouts of all sorts, cultured veggies, acidophilus, vitamin C, chia seeds, flax seed, and hemp seed.
    • Replaced ALL sugars, including ALL fruit for VERY ill patients, with nothing but stevia. Sugar feeds parasites, mold, fungus, yeast and CANCER. Simple sugars are disastrous to a compromised system.
    • Replaced all salt with celery (nature’s most natural and complete source of sodium) by dehydrating the celery and crushing it to a salt like powder.
    • Drank the most pure water they could find—and drank AT LEAST half their body weight in ounces, every day.
    • Juiced 2 to 12 times a day (comprised of raw vegetable juices)
    And juice-FASTED one day a week.
    • Detoxed one organ after another successively, and repeated the process.

    They employed every ADDIlTIONAL means possible to heal:
    Got healthy sunshine, getting in the sun as much as possible, before 9 am and after 4 pm.
    • Sweated out toxins through near- or far-infrared saunas or mineral hot springs or steam baths—and soaked in Epsom salts.
    • Deep breathed for five minutes each morning and each afternoon to get a hold of their stress levels.
    • Forgave everyone.
    Ascertained the continuing sources of CURRENT stress, and WROTE OUT different means of coping with it that would not sabotage their health any more. They reduced ALL stress—from every source.
    They avoided almost all media, either for news or entertainment, and captured an old-fashioned lifestyle of serious productive reading, resisting passivity.
    Removed all the mercury in their teeth from old silver fillings.
    Took out all radioactive toxins by using tinctures and cilantro.
    Got *EMF shields to counter electromagnetic frequencies, and top-notch indoor *air purifiers.
    Used *essential oils liberally, in place of toxic drugs. This was an alternative HEALTHY pharmacy, with no side effects. They used only therapeutic grade (most oils obtained in health stores are extracted by solvents and can be toxic). They used the raindrop technique to apply certain oils in certain sequences, up the spine.
    Got their back straightened by a chiropractor.
    Got massages.
    Wore *linen. Linen delivers 5,000 positive healing frequencies into your body, as does wool. They didn’t wear linen and wool together, which would have canceled each other’s frequencies out. Our body’s optimum frequency is 100. ORGANIC cotton delivers 100, silk delivers only 15. All synthetic fabrics deliver NEGATIVE numbered frequencies, and fight with our body’s electromagnetic field, compounding our stress significantly. Linen is the only fabric used on internal surgical sutures and is antibiotic and antiviral. People sweat far less in linen than any other fabric. It is a super healing fabric. (For women’s linen menstrual pads, see pleasantpads.com)

    They were fueled by the success stories of others.
    They kept these stories continually before them, through health magazines and books and were well-researched and well-read in the alternative health fields in general.
    Watch the documentary DVD Forks over Knives (now available from Netflix and in movie rental stores or for purchase or rent from Amazon.com). It documents the largest nutritional study ever conducted. It is fascinating.

    They resisted preoccupation.
    They realized that MISSED hours to input the body mean delayed and slower healing.
    They set a timer to COUNTER the tendency to become preoccupied with all lesser matters, realizing that yielding to the tyranny of the urgent would only leave them in a diseased condition.

    They required steady, relentless incremental discipline of themselves, especially when it came to exercise. Routine, consistent exercise increases the rate of healing 8X!!!
    They learned to exercise in three ways DAILY (aerobics, weight training, stretching), even if it meant that someone else moved their limbs for them to begin the process.
    They began SLOWLY, and did not crash and burn.
    They realized that they were addicted to their own sluggishness and LACK of exercise, and that now being ill, they were ACCUSTOMED to doing nearly none, and that there would be a hefty amount of brow beating with themselves to get them to reverse this trend.
    They moved into exercise SLOWLY each time, but with iron-willed determination, and increased each type of exercise by only five minutes each week. Their target goals? 3-mile walks, 10 reps in all weight lifting, and stretching every muscle group.

    IS there an alternative?
    Doing all of this is not an easy journey, but dying is no picnic either. Neither is training for the Olympics. Or raising children. Or writing a book. Or gardening. Or even picnicking! Nothing is easy. We delude ourselves that health is easy, and that it alone SHOULD escape the glories of all other successes, ALL of which are achieved by nothing but discipline. None of them are exempt. For most of us, the biggest surprise of our life was that investing in our health should even BE a goal… until we lose it.

    This is the American health conundrum…right here in the Bible: 2 Kings 5:13: “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you have done it? How much more when he tells you, wash and be cleansed!” Our culture PREFERS drugs and surgery to the hard work of SELF-discipline.

    * (email us for the best source)

    Filed Under: Nutrition tips

    Time management means managing yourSELF

    Wednesday, 21. September 2011 by Renee Ellison


    Time management has nothing to do with when the work day starts… or when an activity WITHIN that day starts. A person’s day COULD begin at 6 a.m. or at 7:30 or at 8 or at 9 and the person would STILL be late who has not seen that life is a bunch of jigsaw pieces that must FIT TOGETHER in deference for the EXISTENCE of other jigsaw pieces in order for life to run smoothly. The pieces have to lie down NEXT to each other. Every time they overlap—even a smidgeon—or are stacked on TOP of each other, the direct result is various levels of chaos.

    One must manage ONESELF in relation to time…choosing to fit IN one’s personal agenda time-piece into the world’s time-piece. It is a perfectionistic refusal to let some things go (if they were INITIATED by oneself… one’s own plan/design…) in favor of a prior larger world’s design… in favor of other’s FIXED prior agendas or THEIR time commitments.

    Two things cannot occupy the same space. What you gain in making that last-minute food preparation when you really need to be out the door, you lose in toxic cortisol production. Every time your body is in hurry/panic mode, you lose. If you maintain a relentless perfectionism re: achieving your OWN GOALS no matter the cost, you can whip your body into trauma, day after day. Such a person may not be aware of it, but he/she chooses the cortisol.

    For further reading on this topic, order our quick booklets on Coping with Personally Induced Stress and Goal Setting and Time Management.

    Filed Under: Home management tips

    The new Twin Towers: A re-run of the Tower of Babel?

    Friday, 09. September 2011 by Renee Ellison


    In light of the fact that we are currently rebuilding on the site of the Twin Towers, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire makes for an interesting read.

    Civilizations DO collapse. No doubt, America will soon join their ranks. There is no mention of her in Revelation. It is stunningly silent on the point. We see in the Old Testament the relentless successive stories of the WHY of the fall and collapse of nations, great and small. Explaining how to avoid such a collapse, the Bible is filled with strong scriptures that if Israel (as an example for all nations) were devoted to God, in some strange way its national SECURITY would be connected to that. Countless scriptures say that her borders will be defended, and that she will dwell in safety, IF she worships the one true God and cultivates the attendant morality. One gets the sense that even the most sophisticated armament and defense savvy are as tinker toys if the stomach has gone out of a nation’s moral fiber. Rome had the greatest army in the world, but the vilest bedrooms.

    Our mistake in response to the Twin Towers disaster is to “rebuild” instead of to “repent”. To CHOOSE to rebuild in PREFERENCE to repenting, with no eye to repenting, is counting on the arm of our flesh to prevail—in direct defiance of owning any allegiance or responsibility to God…let alone having any desire to actually LOVE Him. There is not even a cocking of the head as to WHY the Twin Towers (the paramount symbol of all our wealth) fell. How did the enemy get THROUGH? Why is our protection gone, despite the best armament in the history of the world? If we think we can prevail without a corresponding moral change, we are wrong. We cannot. Rome said it, Babylon said it, Assyria asserted it: the exact words. “We will REBUILD.” Despite the best architectural genius in the world, we may never get to finish. The Tower of Babel was never rebuilt. America has collapsed. It stumbles on in delusion for a half a year more? a month more? Americans think it can’t happen to them…based on….???? All it takes if for a child to SAY, “But the emperor has no clothes on!”, or to say… “But Daddy, the money in your wallet is only paper.” Hillary Clinton gave to China all our real estate as collateral for our last “loan”.

    We currently sit on a ruined capitalism. Our coffers are empty with no WAY to replenish them…EVER. At 14 trillion (not to mention the 16 trillion the Federal Reserve loaned foreign banks) we have sold ourselves into slavery. The bricks we use to “rebuild” will need more and more straw, with no time or place to find any. We only wait for the moment when China will deny our next feeble request for more of their steel…because we have none. God put his thumb on our finances while we partied with our wicked video games, unimaginable number of abortions, pornography industry (we are the world’s largest exporter of that filth) and swearing secularism. God’s thumb is downstream from His divine heart. The two are inextricably connected. No amount of rhetoric from ANY politician hailing from the Right will fix this. Vaulting words are wind when the moral DOING has gone out of a nation’s appetites. One has only to look at the CURRENT shameless line of covers of ALL our books and DVD’s on one’s next trip through Wal-Mart. Would we have seen even one of those covers in the 1800s? But we can be sure such mental desserts lined the shelves in Sodom and Gomorrah on papyrus or clay, the night before those cities burned.

    Filed Under: Spiritual tips

    Four industrious men and the work ethic

    Wednesday, 31. August 2011 by Renee Ellison


    What I learned from my hubby, my father-in-law, Ben Franklin, and a local construction worker about work… and its payoff. Studying the work habits of these four industrious individuals was more valuable than anything I learned about work or finances in any college.

    But first, a word about the opposite of work: rest. Because God himself had infinite possibilities to CONTINUE working past his first six days, He made Himself stop. Think of His personal dilemma of WHERE to stop. He COULD have generated/ignited no end of “home”-based businesses for Himself. With all “matter” in the palm of His hand, He could have created OTHER earths endlessly. His chosen people have the same problem. Knowing that they would walk off with the largest percentages of Nobel Peace prizes in the world, the greatest number of world class musicians and authors, the biggest percentages of entrepreneurial scientists (overrunning Israeli’s Technion Institute), and the highest per capita percentage of venture-capital-start-up companies in the world, the Almighty had to put the skids on His chosen people before He wound them up and let them go! No work on the Sabbath! These people comprise 2% of the world’s population but currently own 20% of the world’s wealth. These guys know how to work. They are so bright and industrious it’s a prescription for workaholicism. But they took God seriously, put the lid on themselves, and have, since the beginning of time, shut down on the seventh day. But as for the OTHER days of the week? They view THOSE days as “work-BONANZAS”... a “free-for-all”... they go for it, baby. .

    But now back to thoughts about work, and its consequential financial savvy, our primary topic:

    GENERAL PRINCIPLES learned from the four men above…the same principles were found in ALL of them:

    -They view EVERY hour of the day as a potential economic unit that they will never see again… it is a diminishing capital in terms of building financial stability for the future. They have their eye on gaining some secure, relaxed time when their bodies wear out in old age. They begin with the END in view. They develop a hefty respect for the lowly hour.

    -As a consequence, they will work for ANY amount of money at ANY time... even for a dollar, a yen, or a shilling… even with an extension cord and a lamp outside after dark. They aren’t picky about what or when or how much money there will be or won’t be as a reward.

    -They have multiple income streams coming in at all times—like spinning seven plates on seven sticks—no matter how small their trickles.

    -They work for OTHER people, who will give them SURE money for an hour, FIRST, even at the drop of a hat, before working their own entrepreneurial endeavors.

    -They steadily and relentlessly moonlight on their own additional money-makers/projects, working evenings and every stray hour for their big picture life advancement. They build for the long haul—like a squirrel that is habitually, steadily, quietly, and deliberately packing away a stash of nuts.

    -They focus their “around the edges” activities. They know what they want to achieve and know how to get it. They avoid splintering or scattering their energies. They have clear targeted goals for those pursuits.

    -They don’t use high energy massively productive regular day work hours for mental jobs of THEIR OWN. They save all their OWN mental pursuits for when their bodies have crashed, physically… for their “off” hours.

    -They have also learned to “limp when wounded.” They keep going on SOME level even during migraine headaches, fevers, the flu, colds, heartbreaks, injuries and delays. They are not dissuaded by clouds in the sky, cold weather, or a lion in the street.

    -They look for alternative ways to buy or have everything, re-investing their OWN limited money in ways to make more money. They are planting their corn instead of eating their corn (they understand that someone ELSE always has a plan for YOUR money).

    -They double and triple whammy any needed errands. This translates into more free time at home to work, to make progress.

    -Their primary form of recreation is not sports, news/weather, or Hollywood movies, but CHANGING their TYPE of work. The work of their hands gets ESTABLISHED in every direction, in multiple areas. Everywhere you look you see the trail of their industry. They find refreshment in simply changing occupations for an hour or two.

    -Several of them like to work WITH children, creating a little companion job for a child right next to them AS THEY WORK. This grows a massive work ethic in the child, where “can-do” attitudes are caught, and it also provides companionship for the man himself, and consequently exalts the MEANING of the man’s work to include role-modeling.

    -They will work even for NO money... using all of their man-hours to actually work… knowing that conquering countless domestic chores/ projects/ housing and land-advances frees them up for when outside work DOES arrive…giving them the fruit of their hands of a yet more and more solid, well-ordered and progressively stable home life. An industrious man is proud of BOTH domains showing order and progress. .

    -They work AS THEY GO. They don’t spend time “getting ready for work”...they plunge first, and think about whether they wanted to or not, later smile.

    Specifics regarding the four men?
    My hubby? He was the one with the extension cord and lamp after dark. He has even been known to mow in the dark minus the extension cord and lamp. His paper route money collected on his bike during adolescence ended up paying for most of four years of college and buying a bedroom or two in our first house… 20 years later.

    My father-in-law? He pleasantly hums while he works…works often WITH grandchildren…sees all jobs as invigorating challenges. I think he’ll still be rubbing his hands, with that “let me at it” attitude, when he rises from the grave, too! There isn’t a job he won’t tackle with relish… from fixing door handles, to wheels on the bottoms of chairs, to felling giant trees, to devising a better way to run the airport electronic luggage system… while he waits in line through security. He is VERY aware of role-playing before little eager audiences.

    Ben Franklin? No competition, even across the street “in his face” businesses, or old blue blood money dissuaded him from doing what HE could do to build his OWN wealth. He didn’t bother looking at the OTHER guy. He was financially established at age 24, independently wealthy at (just flip those numbers) age 42.

    The construction worker? He works for others at the drop of a hat…but then comes home to steadily conquer every square inch of his original shack and brambles. Their home now appears estate-like, cultivated, tamed, storybook beautiful both inside and out. He makes a dime squeal, and works for any amount of pay from others. He is flexible with time, but rigid with purpose.

    Conclusion: Proverbs 14:23:
    “ALL hard work leads to a profit”, even work at no pay on one’s own lot. There is no work beneath an industrious man. No empire outside his grasp.

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    Marriage by Divine intent

    Sunday, 28. August 2011 by Renee Ellison


    Our initial view of marriage is that of a perfect person (me) loving an impossible other person (him)! What makes it hilarious is that that’s the viewpoint from BOTH sides. But that IS, in fact, what the situation REALLY was with God and His Israel: a perfect God attempting to love a very slippery bride. He did it by throwing all of His weight into it (as it were). He ended up keeping BOTH sides of the covenant. He settled into a posture of beaming a steady, relentless white-heat love upon His harlot, come what may. And when that didn’t work, He ascended into messier modalities: He sacrificed His own bloodiness, gave His gizzard, His gut-level everything, to get the point across withOUT words. And in the end King David said: “Thy gentleness has made me great” (Psalm 18:35, repeated verbatim for good measure in 2 Samuel 22:36).

    So, what is marriage? It’s a lesson in love... in the making of love each and every day. After giving it everything He had HIMSELF, God then turned around and gave US each a shot at it. “Now YOU try it.” He, in effect said, “I’ll allow you to think that you are perfect, at least initially, and I’ll give you your own project of ONE spouse to practice on. You only get one, and you’ve got to make a success of it with THIS one. Let’s see the depth of YOUR ability to love. What are YOU made of? To what lengths will YOU go? How well will YOU do?” After His stunning concert grand piano performance, He then gives us our own piano to tinker upon. It is THEN that the light goes on and we realize the imponderable act of redemption.

    For more on this topic, order Renee’s book, Growing Marriage—and listen to Kevin Swanson’s interview of Renee on Generations Radio.