Tag: gohome

And Just Like That Everyone Went Home

So we’ve all been sent home to “shelter in place,” to school our children at home, to eat food together as a family around our own table, to clear our schedule of meetings and practices and play-dates –in other words, to cease the madness of a frantic go-go-go lifestyle at once. Could be a good thing. After all, I could smugly assert that’s basically how our family’s been living for years. But forcing the entire country to do so is another story.  Our rights and freedoms are being stripped from us at a pace that would make even Stalin’s head spin. I’ve wondered the past few days if most people are even aware of the first or fourth or tenth amendments to our constitution. They’re kind of a big deal, folks. Take it from someone whose mother had her whole world stripped away from a war between totalitarian regimes and fled to the only place on earth where she trusted that could never happen again. In fact, if you have to choose between reading this blog and reading your Bill of Rights (assuming you’re a U.S. Citizen– sorry those are the only people it covers), I’d way rather have you pull out your Pocket Constitution (which every citizen should have in print and on hand, btw) or just click here. Of course, all of that means nothing when a national emergency is declared. I just think it’s good to be aware of what’s actually being taken from us in the name of public health and safety.  Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”  Of course he also said a lot of other things that were bunk, so take it or leave it.

But as much as I believe in the excellencies of the Constitutional Republic we inhabit, I believe in the sovereignty of God and His Kingdom more. And as much as I believe every U.S. Citizen should have a copy of the Constitution in print and on hand, I believe it’s even more important to have an actual copy of sacred Scripture in your hands. It too, has a few things to say about government and our response to it. God says He’s in control. He sets up those in authority over us and He removes them. He knits our bodies together and numbers our days. There are no maverick molecules in God’s universe. Not even Covid-19 shaped ones. He is working all things together for our good and for His glory.  And yes, if you have to choose between reading this blog, reading the Constitution or reading your Bible, please pick up your Bible!

Trying to make sense to my children of the bewildering changes upending our world in the last month, I have to keep in mind that as God sets up kingdoms (was Trump’s victorious State of the Union address only a month and a half ago?) and tears them down, it is all with His eternal kingdom purposes in mind. And the marvel is, He is doing that great kingdom building through OUR OWN HEARTS.  What are my boys learning about the Christian walk through all this? Are they learning as much about what it means to be a Citizen of Heaven as they are about what it means to be a Citizen of the United States of America? Can they see where my true allegiance lies?  How I respond to these inconveniences, injustices, and financial uncertainties speaks volumes to them about the Lord’s sanctifying work in my own heart.

I’m pretty sure I can already see some of the good being wrought.

  1. Most immediately, I’m looking at my husband right now who is also a full-time seminary student at TMS, studying hard for his Greek mid-term. Normally he’d be at work instead. He’d fallen a little behind due to all the back and forth travel surrounding my Dad’s death a couple weeks ago. Now he can finally get caught up on his Mdiv studies!
  2. My boys are finally hearing from sources other than their own nagging mother that our elderly people matter. That they should be honored and cared for. It’s a soap box issue of mine that I’ve written about here, here,  here and here and it has been such a blessing to hear it now proclaimed from places like the White House.
  3. My natural tendency toward social distancing has been overwhelmingly affirmed as not only healthy life-styling but the law of the land!
  4. The first two weeks of Feb. we were all sick in bed with the worst flu ever which was immediately followed by two weeks of taking care of my Dad. It was a crazy time of upheaval for our family during which I longed for days just such as the ones we are now getting to experience indefinitely.
  5. The time is ripe for compassion. Everyone in the world seems to be making it very clear that they are very much afraid of death. So many opportunities to share the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. From a distance of course :).
  6. I’m relearning the sweetness of trust. Yes, “Tis, So Sweet to Trust in Jesus!” Don’t just click on the link and listen, dust off the old hymnal and sing along!

Finally, as disturbing as this government overreach might be, we haven’t been required yet to do anything sinful or dishonoring to God. We’re simply being told to “Go home.” And while that might ruffle some feathers in the feminist coop, in the end that might be right where God wants us during such a time as this.  Yes, the first and the fourth and the tenth amendments to our Constitution are pretty important, and yes, if we want to remain citizens who benefit from them, we better be willing to take up arms to preserve them. But let’s not forget the 10 Commandments are so much more important than that. And Jesus said they could be summed up this way: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Look What Women Can Do When They #gohome

The most comprehensive silencing of women in the church 

occurred the day we threw out the hymnals,

not the day a respected pastor was finally bold enough to confront

an out-of-line-female-false-teacher with the now-famous-words, “go home.”

Here are 40 of my favorite hymns by 30 female authors 

whose treasured words were sounded by 4 centuries of saints,

until our generation of egalitarians silenced their voices.

I’ve linked as many as possible to youtube for your listening enjoyment.

Be Still, My Soul  Katharine A. Von Schlegel Tr. Jane L. Borthwick (1697-1768) 

Be Thou My Vision  Tr. Mary Byrne; Ed. Eleanor Hull (1860-1935) 

Beneath the Cross of Jesus  Elizabeth C. Clephane (1830-1869) 

Blessed Assurance  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) 

Break Thou the Bread of Life  Mary A. Lathbury (1841-1913)

Channels Only  Mary E. Maxwell (late 19th century

Children of the Heavenly Father  Carolina Sandell Berg (1832-1903) 

Day by Day  Carolina Sandell Berg (1832-1903) 

Draw Me Nearer  Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Grace Greater Than Our Sin  Julia H. Johnston (1849-1919)

Have Thine Own Way, Lord  Adelaide A. Pollard (1862-1934) 

He Giveth More Grace  Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

He Hideth My Soul  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

I Love to Tell the Story  A. Catherine Hankey (1834-1911)

I Need Thee Every Hour  Annie S. Hawks (1836-1918)

I Will Praise Him  Margaret J. Harris (1865-1919)

Jesus Loves Me  Anna B. Warner (1827-1915)

Jesus Paid It All  Elvina M. Hall (1818-1889)

Just As I Am, Without One Plea  Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871)

Like a River Glorious  Frances R. Havergal (1836-1879) 

May the Mind of Christ My Savior  Kate B. Wilkinson (1859-1928) 

More Love to Thee  Elizabeth P. Prentiss (1818-1878). 

Near the Cross  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) 

Nearer, My God, to Thee  Sarah F. Adams (1805-1848)                                                                   

No Other Plea  Lidie H. Edmunds (1851-1920)                                                                                     

Now Thank We all Our God  Tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)                                               

Open My Eyes, That I May See  Clara H. Scott (1841-1897)                                                             

Praise Him! Praise Him!   Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)                                                                      

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty   Tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)                                           

Praise Ye the Triune God  Elizabeth R. Charles  (1828-1896)                                                             

Saved By Grace  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)                                                                                 

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us  Attr. Dorothy A Thrupp (1779-1847)                                               

Take My Life and Let It Be  Frances R. Havergal (1836-1879)                                                           

Teach Me Thy Will, O Lord  Katherine A. Grimes (1877-1967)                                                            

The Lord’s My Shepherd  Jessie S. Irvine (1836-1887).                                                              

The Love of God  Arr. Claudia Lehman Mays (1892-1973)                                                         

To God Be the Glory  Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)                                                                      

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus  Helen H. Lemmel (1863-1961)                                                        

We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer   Julia C. Cory (1882-1963)

When We All Get to Heaven  Eliza E Hewitt, Emily D. Wilson (1851-1920)