Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!! ~2013~

Happy New Year everyone!

I hear guns going off and see fireworks! Oh, what fun! And, I just honked the car horn!

Welcome 2013 and may this year be filled with new friends, reconciliation of families and friends, new life, joy, love, etc. :D

May God bless this year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 17th 2012

Today I went out with my sister to buy some winter things. I got winter boots. :)
We had a good and fun time together. I always enjoy a day out with my sister...well, most of the time! ;)

 I then came home and ate supper. Then helped Daddy clean off a rifle and then 'stain' it. It looks really pretty.

Talking about pretty, I got some nice picture of the snow and clouds today and some pictures yesterday as well. All with my new camera.

                                            Two of clouds and snow:

One of icicles:

And random one of Misty and little black kitty:

One of our turkey hens:

                                   Our goats in the snow (far away shot):

This year is nearly over and I am thankful for all I have gotten done.
This year being a year of times of laughter, times of sorrow, times of being with friends and family, times of making new friends, working hard, taking it easy, and in all these things, most importantly, glorifying God and sharing His truth to those around us.
May next year be all this and more. :)

May the Lord bless you all in the coming year of 2013 and the other years following!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26th 2012- Not much

Hey folks!

I am like almost all well from the flu. The rest of my family is getting it, but thankfully not as badly as I did! :)

Right now, I am listening to music, chatting with Iain and another friend, and of course, writing this blog post.

My sister now just informed me get everyone cookies...

Okay, I am back. It took longer than I thought. 

I found a good picture online that I can so relate to. Made me chuckle a little as well:

Not much has been going on here- just the same for now.
So, it snowed a lot. Maybe tomorrow I will get some uploaded on here, so y'all can see them. :)

I have had a busy week this week, so that is why I haven't blogged much. That and I have been 'kicked' back because of my flu.

And, on Saturday, I will be talking to Iain again. Can I say 'YAY!' loud enough?

Anyway, I'll catch y'all later!

Goodnight and God bless! :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

December 24th 2012- Snow!

Today is finally snowed! :) I always enjoy seeing everything outside all white and sparkly. Maybe tomorrow I'll take a couple pictures with my camera...I think yes!

So, I have to letters done and another to go...well, at least for now. I have a lot of people who are planning to write me letters soon, so I will have my hands full.

I spent most of my day today doing school, so that went well. :)
I feel much better today. I am thankful for that.

I'll talk to you all later!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tonight's Family Worship

Tonight for Family Worship we read some from 'Sermons in Times of Persecution', read Ephesians 6, sang Psalm 75, and discussed from all three. We had a blessed time.

Ephesians 6

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.


Psalm 75 (in metre)

1 To thee, O God, do we give thanks,
we do give thanks to thee;
Because thy wondrous works declare
thy great name near to be.

2 I purpose, when I shall receive
the congregation,
That I shall judgment uprightly
render to ev’ry one.

3 Dissolved is the land, with all
that in the same do dwell;
But I the pillars thereof do
bear up, and stablish well.

4 I to the foolish people said,
Do not deal foolishly;
And unto those that wicked are,
Lift not your horn on high.

5 Lift not your horn on high, nor speak
6 with stubborn neck. But know,
That not from east, nor west, nor south,
promotion doth flow.

7 But God is judge; he puts down one,
and sets another up.
8 For in the hand of God most high
of red wine is a cup:

‘Tis full of mixture, he pours forth,
and makes the wicked all
Wring out the bitter dregs thereof;
yea, and they drink them shall.

9 But I for ever will declare,
I Jacob’s God will praise.
10 All horns of lewd men I’ll cut off;
but just men’s horns will raise.

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. 
For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 20th 2012- Pics

Today went much better than yesterday, so I am thankful for that. Right now I just have the coughs and a stuffy nose.

So today, I did some school, took care of my animals usual and took a jog/run. It was a pretty productive day for me.

I was going to post some pictures last night that I took this week, but my blog would let me post them right...Grrrr!

So here I am again to give you guys them; I don't have a lot to write ,so hopefully these will make up for it.  ;)

From top to bottom: Tonight's supper (salad and cheese sandwiches), close up of cheese sandwich, the other night's supper (cranberry sauce and goat soup- both homemade) along with my chai tea, having some fun with alphabet noodles, a picture of me with my new camera (sorry, it isn't the best, but it is the only one I have at the moment), a self-picture, Tabitha sorting out cranberries, another supper (goat leg), close up of cranberries, a supper again (pork from our pigs with cranberries on top), and last, but not least, my dog, named Thunder, giving me his 'Thunder look'.

Well, thanks for stopping by again! God bless you all!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19th 2012- Flu

I was going to write a blog post last night, but I didn't get around to it since time did not permit me to do so. I am again, starting this one.

Today I am getting better from the flu.

Here is how it all started, if you feel so keen to know, or maybe you don't care, but in that case, I am writing this any way, so look away.

The day before yesterday I got 'hit' suddenly with the flu while I was doing math.
And later in the day I laid down and drank some tea because it got worse. (Thanks to Iain for telling me to lay down and drink some tea! You are such a kind-hearted man!)

When I did finally get to bed that night, I woke up several times having a stuffy nose and throat- It was horrible.
I got up yesterday morning and ate breakfast which for me consisted of canned peaches and tea. (Everyone else ate cold cereal.)
I got a stomachache and I felt like throwing up and since the dogs needed to be taken out, my sister told me told me it might be a good idea to go outside if I felt sick. I did then go outside... and then felt more and more sick...until I promptly  throw up my breakfast...twice. I stayed out for a little longer to make sure I wasn't going to throw up a third time. I didn't.
I felt better and went back in.
Throughout yesterday, I had aches in my muscles and joints, had a headache, and also was queasy on and off a couple of times, but I didn't throw up again, thankfully.

Even through all this, I really don't have anything to complain about. I have a warm home, loving family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ for encouragement, and so much more. I am so thankful for each and every one of you!! (Plus, this is the first sickness all year!)

I have made up my mind to try to write on this blog everyday; telling about my day and what I am thankful for and other things if I manage to get the time.

I'll leave it there for now. God bless you all and thanks for stopping by again! :) 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Photography and some Jib-Jab

No worries, I am still alive! ;)

We spent around two weeks butchering four pigs and bringing their meaty carcases to the 'professional' people (for packaging and such), making scrapple, and all that goes along with it. It was a wonderful time with my family.

My Dad surprised me recently by getting me a Canon Rebel T3 camera!!! I am so happy!

So I guess I might as well share some new ones I took with my camera. :)

All of these are taken by the new camera and not edited, except the last three, which were taken by me with our older camera; those were edited in some way or another.

From top to bottom-- Thunder (my dog), one of our goats, a sunset from our property, fluffy kitten looking up, fluffy kitten yawning, black kitten looking at the camera, Tabitha (my sister) peeling shrimp, Tabitha concentrating on peeling shrimp, Mommy, next two are Tabitha as well, and then the last one is a sunset with Bible verse.  Well, I hope you enjoy them.

Good night everyone and thanks for stopping by again. :D
Peace out!

Friday, October 26, 2012

What I have been up to these days.

For those wondering what I have been up to recently and why I haven't been posting much at all. Well, I have been getting the farm ready for winter, doing lots of school, and other things here and there...yeah, just living life.

At the moment I am writing this and listening to 'Release' by Helen Jane Long, on Pandora. This music is beautiful!

In one week tomorrow, my dear friend, Rosie Ilgenfritz, is getting married to her fiancée, Vincent D'Angelo! I am so excited for her and I hope and pray their marriage will be a blessing in the years to come! <3
Sadly, I wont be able to attend her "special day" with her; but I will be there in heart.

Although, on another topic, on that day I will be talking to Iain on the phone sometime. So excited for that! :)
For those who haven't yet seen Iain's blog, here is the link:

I like to go on there every so often and learn something from it.

Today, I spent time working outside with my dear father. We raked leaves, cleaned one of our sheds, scrubbed off wooded fence posts and other things. I really appreciate working with my Dad! I learn so many good skills from him. I'll cherish these times with him and I hope to spend times like this with children of my own, when I get married- teaching them skills, teaching them the truths in God's Word, and just being there with them. (And watching my husband doing the same with them. What a joy that will be!!)

Well, that is all for now. I have a headache and I don't want to keep writing. Goodnight all!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Capella Psalm Singing Links

For those looking for A Cappella Psalm Singing links to listen to I am going to list some that I know of.

I hope they will be a blessing to you all! 

Youtube Links:




Charlotte PRC:
TheReformedWomen (i.e. my account):

SoundCloud Links: 






If I have missed any links, let me know by commenting below or emailing me at and I will add them. :)

May the Lord encourage you and I hope you are having a blessed Lord's Day.

'Pursue Peace and Holiness' Part 2 by Brian Schwertley

Just finished listening to 'Pursue Peace and Holiness Part 2' by Rev Brian Schwertley. This a good sermon and something that I have been lacking on. I really needed to listen to this today and I am so thankful I did! I hope it is a blessing to you all as well!

Here is the link to it:

I also put up a blog post on the part 1 and for a direct link to part on of Pursue Peace and Holiness click here.

I hope everyone is have a blessed Lord's Day today.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Article on "Occasional Hearing"

 I just finished reading this article on Occasional Hearing and I thought since it was useful to read, especially for those who profess to be Presbyterian, that I might as well share it alone to all those who check out my blog.

I hope everyone out there is having a blessed and encouraging Lord's Day.

Philippians 3:16--"Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing."
2 Timothy 1:13--"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus."

Sunday, September 30, 2012

'Pursue Peace and Holiness' Part 1 by Brian Schwertley

Listened to Mr. Brian Schwertley's sermon on  "Pursue Peace and Holiness Part 1" today.
Great sermon and good for us to keep in mind!

Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. :)

Soli Deo Gloria!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sometimes men shouldn't have horns in their cars...

So I figured it was about time for another blog post. :) Ohhh, I know you agree! Haha!

So today, I did some school and then went shopping with my sister and Mommy.
We had an enjoyable time!

So, when we were finished shopping my sister opened the back of the car to put groceries in. I didn't know the doors we locked, so I started to get in but realized it was locked and tugged a little on the door handle...Then got startled by a guy in a car in front of me that was honking his horn like a crazy person...And glaring at me...
I then rush to Tabitha and asked her to give me the keys. I held the keys up and the guy continued to honk his horn...then I put the car on and unlocked the doors. He still continued to honk his horn...but finally he stopped when I got in lol.

So we got apples at the Farmer's On The Square. Yummy apples!

I realized that I have to get off soon, so I am going to stop here! Will write more some other time. :)

Anyway, cheers!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When We are Handed Corn...

A man in his 80's has been coming to our home for many many years giving us produce, he bought, for free!  His hospitality has highly blessed our family. 

Just this morning he gave us 66 ears of corn!

So, much of today, Mommy, Tabitha, and I have husked, blanched, chopped, and froze them all.
Actually, Mommy and Tabitha did the husking and left me to do the rest- which, to be honest, I was highly excited to do it all.

Sometimes we find worms eating the corn cobs and this time I was pretending to eat them. Then I took a picture of me pretending to 'just for the fun of it", so I have decided to put it up here.  Yeah, I am odd sometimes, lol!
No, I didn't actually eat it- I prefer my bugs cooked. ; )

 Here are the "Happy Huskers":

When corn is done being blanched, then place them in ice cold water immediately to cool them off fast. The hot ones float until they get cold- then they sink. 

Then cut the sides off the corn off. (Then you take the knife up again through the left-over kernels to get all off. I didn't take a picture of it though, which I should have because that would have been helpful. *sigh*)

So, here I was taking pictures of them working...
"Tabitha, will you take some pictures of me working, so it doesn't seem like I am doing nothing but taking pictures?"
Anyway, here is a picture of me. (Thank you, Tabitha!!)

As I was blanching the corn, Daddy came in, "May I have one?", "Oh, yeah, sure!"
So here he is preparing a corn-cob for himself. :)
(And check out that beard!)

Yay! Corn cobs all finished- now time to go feed the pigs the left-overs!!

And finally, the corn is all bagged and ready to be frozen. Can you believe I got this little from 66 (actually 65 since Daddy ate one) ears of corn?! 

I was looking at the pictures I took today and I realized that I have a LOT of pictures I have been wanting to share with everyone! I have 259 pictures on my one camera card (actually Daddy's camera, I just use it, lol!) and a lot of them are ones I am going to share with y'all whenever I get the time to post them all up here. I will try to get another blog post up before too long of some of my pictures.

So, yeah... I hope you enjoyed another day with me. I hope I didn't talk too much. ; )

Friday, September 7, 2012

School and Things

I was going to post a long blog post last night, but I realized how late it was and didn't have enough time. Hopefully tonight will make up for it. :)

Since Friday is our family's "Shopping Day", I was wondering this morning if I should go or stay at home and do school. I didn't go last week so I thought I might as well  go this week. Then it hit me.
If you REALLY want to CATCH UP on school then you are going to have to DO SCHOOL, even if it means not doing "fun" things that you would rather be doing; which in my case, is going shopping.

If you are behind in school one of the worst things to do, in my opinion, is to get all upset because everyone else your age is doing  such and such and your not- in my case, everyone else, my age, is in 11th grade and I am not. That is one of my personal weaknesses- comparing myself with others.

Now, before you ask. You are now wondering what grade exactly I am in...
Well, you might want to sit down while you read this.
I am in a mixture of different grades. To be exact; because everyone likes to read details:
I am in 6th grade Math; 7th grade in Bible, Vocabulary, Science, and History; and 9th grade in English. My Science can be also for grades 9th to 12th, but my curriculum gives it in 7th; but I don't mind, since I like Science anyway.

I think it doesn't matter what grade you are in as much as it matters that you learn what you are learning well.

With all honesty, one of my favourite choices my family has made over the years is that we got ride of the TV. We had one on and off for a couple of years, but it became a bad distraction from our duties in life and so we got rid of it for good.
We also used to watch movies all the time- at all times of the day. That, or course, distracted me from my school. Now a days we usually don't watch movies and even if we do, it is usually after supper, not during school.
Please note, I am not saying that watching TV or movies is bad, (well, some are) but that movie and TV watching MUST be limited to after supper/ when your other work it done. That is something I want to implement in my family's life when I get married.

I do want to express my utmost gratitude to all those who have, and are, keeping me in their prayers. It means so much to me!

So today, I did school, while Tabitha and Mommy went shopping. And, no, I don't regret it at all. :)

There was some laundry that needed to be put on the line to dry, but since Mommy usually does it and she wasn't here, I went outside for a while putting them up to dry. It was a very relaxing job actually.

Today is two years since my brother has left our home. We love him and he has been on our thoughts and prayers. We hope and pray he will live up to his name-- to glorify the Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth.
Much thanks to the many friends who have and continue to pray for him! <3

So, thanks again for stopping by!
Must be off now for it is 11:37 p.m.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hey Children Out There!

Hey everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well!
It has been over a month since I have last posted anything... wow!

We have had a busy month of working outside on the farm.

Last week, I started school again- so glad to start again. :) 

Oh, for children that look at my blog, I posted this on my Facebook wall:

Hey kids!

You know that feeling when it is time to do school? The "I can't do this!", "It is too hard!", or the "I do not want to do this!" ?
Well, yeah, I've been there, done that.

School is VERY important whether you like doing it or not; it needs to be done.
If you refuse and will not do it, then you will eventually regret it.
Take it from someone who knows...

So, come on children! Do school and try to enjoy it.
Having a good attitude makes everything more enjoyable-- for you and those around you.

"When there is a will there is a way."

It is almost 11 p.m. here and time for us to read the Bible and sing  the Psalms, so I'll get around to more blogging tomorrow, Lord willing! :)

Thanks for checking in again!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bits of my Photography

I was so hoping to post on this blog more this week, but I was more busy than I thought I was going to be. :/

A friend of mine offered to let me join her to Knoebels, so I might be going sometime next week. :D So excited!   Click here to go to their site.

I have been really enjoying listening to High Kings. Great stuff. :D

I took some pictures recently. So I figured I might as well post them here for y'all.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these. I have some pictures (a friend of mine took)  that I wanted to share with all for a while, but I just haven't gotten around to it. -Bummer!

 And here is a picture I found online:

Goodnight everyone and talk with you later.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Today on the farm.

Hey everyone!

Thanks for stopping by again and being so patient with my procrastination. :P

Well, today was an exhausting, productive, and enjoyable day!

We started our schedule again...Yay!!!  We got up at 6:00 a.m. and did our usual farm chores... Two baby goats were born this morning!
It rained like crazy, so I did a good amount of school during that dreary time...then it stopped raining, so we went back outside to work.
We recently bought a 18 foot in diameter pool, so I weed-whacked where we are going to put it and put lots of curry-dust down (it is harder than it sounds-don't believe me? okay, then come on over tomorrow and I'll change your mind...), then Daddy started finishing it and I levelled it off...tomorrow will be another day of working on it.

Then we realized our big goat shed needed moved, so Daddy drove the tractor into the pasture and pulled it while Tabitha and I  lifted the other end...Talk about "men-power" (or should I say 'women power' lol!)

I then made supper. :)
It is 10:12 p.m. so I should get off now...Thanks again for stopping by!

 I'll write more tomorrow night, Lord willing.

Feel free to email me if you want to chat. :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012


We read this in Covenanter Fellowship a couple of moths back and it is excellent!
Let me know your thoughts on it!
Shared from:

THE more congenial any practice is to the depraved human mind, and the more fuel it furnishes to its favourite lusts, the greater is the difficulty of convincing men of their mistake, and of persuading them to discontinue the practice. Whatever tends to excite, and to gratify the depravity of the heart, gives it an additional influence over the whole man. By means of this it accomplishes its designs more easily. A more striking proof of this will scarcely be found, than in the practice of promiscuous dancing. The greater part of mankind, in every stage, and in every sphere, of life, are exceedingly fond of the practice. Nor is it easy to convince them that there is any impropriety or evil in it. When men are hurried on under the violent impulse of the passions, neither the voice of reason nor religion can be allowed {47} a fair hearing. The serious consideration of such things is left to morose, scrupulous, weak, and melancholy minds. Though, in such an age as the present, little success may be expected from an attempt to expose this vain, sinful, and pernicious practice, yet this ought not to supersede the Church's testimony against it.

The kind of dancing, which we have chiefly in view to expose, is that which is practiced in the promiscuous assemblies of the two sexes, is a plain indication of carnal mirth, levity, and wantonness, and has been condemned by the best Reformed Churches, as well as by the most eminent evangelical ministers, of various denominations.
Although it has been alleged that this practice has been warranted by Scripture, yet not a single passage of {48} the sacred volume can be produced to sanction promiscuous dancing. We indeed find dancing, in some instances mentioned, as expressive of religious joy: but the religious dance recorded in the Old Testament was a part of the worship of the ancient Jewish Church, and like the instruments of music, then in use, was peculiar to that dispensation. See Exod. 15.20; 2 Sam. 6.16; Psalm 149.3; and 150.4. Therefore no argument can be drawn from this in favour of that species of it, which is here condemned.
The words of the wise man have often been adduced as a warrant for the practice. Eccl. 3.4, "A time to dance." This passage contains no warrant for any of the things that are mentioned. Its design is to show that there is a time fixed by God, at which all these things shall take place, and that man cannot alter them; to show the vanity of all sublunary things, and to induce man to pursue more elevated and durable objects. Every wicked purpose, and every sinful action of man are here included. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." verse 1. It is not affirmed, That every thing that men do, and every purpose which they form, is lawful; but only that there is a time and season at which they shall do so. And it is only said that there is a time to dance, not that there is a warrant for it. It is said, in general, "That there is a time to kill," not that it is lawful. The time at which men shall lose their lives, whether by accident, by the hand of the magistrate, or by the hands of murderers. Moreover, there is nothing of promiscuous dancing here, and though the passage were understood to contain a warrant for, or approbation of dancing, it could only be that kind of it which is approved in Scripture. It is plain that dancing here is only another word for rejoicing, because it is opposed to mourning. "A time to mourn, and a time to dance." If the dancing here be warranted, then the time of it must mean the season or proper occasion of it. The season of any thing is that time in which it is proper to do it, in contradistinction to another time in which it would be {49} improper. There is one season proper for joy, and another for mourning. When the captives hanged their harps upon the willow trees, it would not have been proper for them, "To have gone forth in the dances of them that make merry." [Jer. 31.4.] But the time and season proper for doing any thing must always respect things lawful. There is no season proper to steal, murder, or bear false witness, &c. This text then cannot be dragged in to support any species of dancing but what is otherwise approved in Scripture. But that is never promiscuous dancing.
Promiscuous dancing has a powerful influence upon the passions and lusts, and leads the way to various sins. The influence of the passions is a blind, undiscerning, yet irresistible impulse. Man cannot be in a more dangerous situation, than to be wholly under their influence. The affections, passions, and desires, when spiritual, and under the influence of grace, are the seat of religion. The more powerfully these act, and influence the soul, the more vigorous will be the life and power of religion. These can never be too powerfully excited, nor can the soul ever be too much under their influence, nor can too much attention be paid to the means and motives proper to excite them. Much of the perfection of the spiritual man and of the heavenly life lies here. The object of these, thus excited, is God and his law. The desires of the soul are to God. They lead to delightful contemplation on his excellencies, and on his works, and relish with great pleasure, the words of his mouth. But the heart is naturally under the dominion of sin. Even in believers much of this remains. They find a law in their members warring against the law of their mind, and bringing them into captivity to the law of sin which is in their members. Rom. 7.23. This is nothing but the affections and passions, powerfully excited by innate corruption, opposing the spiritual exercise of the soul, and drawing it into sin. "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Gal. 5.17. {50} When the flesh assumes the ascendancy over the passions, the soul is irresistibly hurried on to what is sinful. Whatever tends to excite lust, to carnalize the affections, and to divert them from spiritual objects, ought to be carefully guarded against. When these are excited, they tend to certain objects, congenial to their nature, and calculated to gratify them. These objects are pursued in proportion to the violence of the passions, and to the want of contrary principles. The voice of reason is silenced, the remonstrances of conscience are disregarded, and the motion of religious principles, if there be any, are completely checked. The mind is now prepared to banish modesty, trample upon morality, and prostitute religion; and even for the criminal gratification of these furious lusts. Thus were the passions of Herod excited, when the daughter of Herodias danced before him. His reason was suspended, and his judgment warped. An unlimited promise is made to the wanton female, and confirmed by an oath. "And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom." Mark 6.23. Instructed by her abandoned and spiteful mother, she demands the head of Christ's harbinger, and obtains it. He was indeed already disposed to murder the Baptist, but feared the people. So far he acted rationally. But when passion had assumed the ascendancy over his reason, he promises—he swears, to give, he knows not what, and acts accordingly. It will be pretended by none that dancing tends to improve religious affections. And many are not ashamed to avow that they are never more under the power of unclean lust, than when engaged in this practice, and if they wished to seduce an unwary female, they know no better method, than to lead her to a dance. All the artifice possible is used, in dress, in the various attitudes of the body and its affected motions, to excite the passions. It is the influence of the passions that lead to it. And the practice furnishes fuel to inflame them still more. It has a powerful tendency to destroy that modesty in youth, especially in females, which is one of their chief {51} ornaments, and an impregnable defence to their chastity. "Women are commanded to adorn themselves with modest apparel, with shame-facedness and sobriety." 1 Tim. 2.9. Dancing strips them of this triple ornament. The dress must be vain, otherwise it is unsuitable to the occasion. Modesty must be banished. The modest blush gives way to the wanton impudent look. Sobriety gives place to a fit of voluntary madness, and a display of vanity, pride, and folly. Numerous instances of uncleanness, that have fallen under the cognizance of Church Courts, have been traced to a ball as their origin. This need not be wondered at, since every guard of chastity was removed, and means leading to the prostitution of it adopted.
The practice will be found very unfavourable to religion. Those who have not attained to the knowledge and truth of religion will, by this practice, be set at a greater distance from it. And those, who have already attained to religion and know any thing of its power and exercise, will suffer much injury by it. Much time and exercise ought to be spent by sinners about the means of their salvation. It is a matter of deep regret, that these hours, which may be spared from lawful civil pursuits, should be wasted at a ball. Then it is, that the sinner should retire to his closet, institute a close and serious inquiry into the state and the concerns of his soul, seek to be properly affected with it, and to deal with God about it. Balls must have time, though this can be ill spared from lawful pursuits; and matters of eternal concern must be altogether excluded. The money lawfully and laboriously gained is expended purely for the purpose of dissipation and revelling. While this waste of time and of means is indulged, and concerns of infinite moment neglected, the mind is totally unhinged, distracted, and rendered incapable of any serious exercise. Religious exercise requires a composed tranquil state of mind, free from agitation and distraction. Without this, faith, love, and holy meditation are impossible. In religion, divine things lay hold of the soul, and the mind gives itself {52} wholly to them. In the prospect of a ball or of any promiscuous dance, the attention of the mind is preengaged. Preparation must be made; partners engaged, and a suitable dress, &c. prepared. Loose reins are given to the fancy. It invents and presents unto the mind a thousand vain, foolish, and imaginary things, momentary pleasures, and bewitching pernicious gratifications. These lay hold of the mind, banish the thoughts of other things, and destroy any serious impressions formerly acquired. During the phrensical revel the mind reaches the summit of its distraction, its pride, its vanity and folly. It is now like a vessel in a storm, without her rudder, driven by the impetuous tempest. The passions are now become ungovernable. Their voice alone is heard; and their dictates are obsequiously obeyed. To this, as the native cause, are to be ascribed all these wicked and disgraceful consequences that often succeed these associations. When it is over, the mind, disappointed in many of its imaginary hopes, its momentary gratifications having entirely subsided, and being a little recovered from its delirium, begins to feel remorse. The waste of time and money, the neglect of matters of the utmost importance, and the corrupting of both body and soul, rush upon the conscience, and fill it with fear and disquiet. The uneasiness now felt more than counter-balances all the carnal satisfaction formerly enjoyed. This however is but temporary. When it has subsided, the mind is fully prepared to repeat its former irregularities, and takes the first opportunity for that purpose. Where this does not take place, the mind takes a retrospect view of what is past, as it formerly anticipated it, and still seeks gratification. Other things are excluded from a place in it. Nay more, the mind is rendered totally incapable of attending to them. This state of mind is, of all others, most unfavourable to religion. It is produced by exercises the very reverse of religious ones. These beget in the soul habits and dispositions of a similar nature. Thus the soul is become listless, and indifferent about spiritual {53} things. It is rendered incapable of relishing these, or the pleasures which they afford. If an attempt is made to attend to divine things, the attention is immediately called off, by these other objects which have laid hold of the mind. If religious exercises are persisted in, the whole of them is spent in the soul's running from one thing to another in the greatest distraction. Its attention is no sooner turned to divine things than it runs off, and every new attempt to fix it proves equally abortive. There is not in the mind a simple indifference; but there is a positive aversion to religious exercises, and a positive powerful inclination to the opposite of them. This aversion will be best discovered to the person's self, when he essays any religious duty. It is then, that he attempts to divert the heart from its favourite objects, and to engage it in something else. The attachment to other pleasures is so powerful, that the mind recoils at the thought and forcibly resists the effort. This attempt puts the soul in fetters, and abridges its lawless liberty. It tries every effort to escape, and is so far successful as to destroy the real exercise of religion in the heart. If any soul will attend to, and compare its frame and exercise in religion, before he admits the thoughts of a ball into his mind, with these after he has attended the revel; he will be able to form a better idea of the injury he has sustained, and will be more fully convinced of the impropriety of his conduct, than by any thing that can be offered by another. But such a comparison is not to be expected, because the mind is totally disqualified for it. If any serious soul shall, through inadvertence or temptation, be led to join in such a practice, the loss, in spirituals, which he sustains, will render him more cautious in future, not to tread on such enchanted and forbidden ground. The Apostle draws a brief, but striking character of such a person: 1 Tim. 5.6, "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." The body is lively, vigorous and active, in pursuing carnal pleasures, while the soul is spiritually dead, incapable either of exercising religion, or of relishing its pleasures. It is given as the character of such as belong to Christ, {54} that they crucify the flesh, with the affections and lusts. Gal. 5.24. These affections, which lead men to attend balls and other promiscuous dancings, belong either to the flesh or to the Spirit. If they belonged to the Spirit, they would be gracious religious affections. Nothing could be more favourable to religion than to be under their influence, and to indulge them. But this will not be pretended, even by the keenest patrons of the practice. If these affections were of such a kind, the mind would be most spiritual in the heat of the revel, because then the passions are most excited. But the truth is, they belong to the flesh, as the indulgence of them is most pernicious to religion. They must of course be mortified by all, who would be found interested in Christ. The indulgence of them is, "Making provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." Rom. 13.14. It is, "To live after the flesh," which if we do, "we shall die; but if we, through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body we shall live." Rom. 8.13. The practice discovers the soul to be spiritually dead; or otherwise greatly obstructs spiritual life in it. The practice must either be from Christ, or from the world. Not the former, otherwise it would tend to promote the advancement of his kingdom, in the conversion of souls, and the building up and establishment of believers. It must belong to the world; not as lawfully considered, for it would then promote the civil interests of society, whereas it has a contrary tendency. It must then belong to the world as sinful. It is fairly included in the Apostle's description of the world. 1 John 2.16, "All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Hence the command, Rom. 12.2, "Be ye not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." The indulging of these lusts and affections is inconsistent with the power and progress of religion in the soul, and every exertion ought, on that account, to be made to mortify these. That time, which is spent in these pernicious practices, ought to be employed about the means of salvation, {55} in order to obtain grace where it is not, and to strengthen the habits of spiritual life where they have been already formed. Attention to divine things must often be intermitted. Lawful civil business demands it. During such intermission the greatest care and vigilance are necessary, lest spiritual attainments be either weakened or lost. Things that necessarily have this tendency are ever to be avoided. Such is promiscuous dancing. The divine injunctions, "Be fervent in spirit—continue instant in prayer—pray always—pray without ceasing," [Rom. 12.11,12; Luke 21.36; 1 Thess. 5.17.], certainly imply that a frame for religious exercises ought ever to be preserved, and that every sinful and unnecessary thing, tending to destroy or weaken it, ought to be avoided. When the proper frame is awanting, no spiritual duty or exercise can be performed.
Many things sinful, and prejudicial to men, attend the practice of promiscuous dancings, either as concomitants, or as consequences. The waste of precious time has been already mentioned. This is considerable, both in preparing for, and during, the ball, &c. Considerable sums of money are expended. As dancing is now accounted a part of a polite education, many parents spare neither time nor expense, to have their children instructed in the art, whilst in many instances they can neither read the Scriptures, nor repeat the Shorter Catechism. Children are thus educated, not for the service of God, but of Satan. The time thus wasted is equally precious as any other part of time, and might be employed in a manner more advantageous to ourselves and to others. The money so expended is equally valuable with what we apply to other purposes. Neither our time nor our money are our own absolutely; nor is it lawful for us to do with them as we please. They are the gift of God. He allows us the use, but not the abuse of them. He has fixed the purposes, to which we are to apply them. When persons thus devote their time and money to vanity, folly, and madness, they ought seriously to consider whether God will approve of their conduct, and what account they will give him when he shall demand it. Often, families may be seen clothed in rags, and, in {56} times of scarcity and dearth, half starved, while their children must be sent to the dancing school, and completely fitted out for a ball. In many instances, children, who are more advanced in life, expend their substance on such practices, while their parents are supported, in part at least, by the Church and the public. Were this waste of time and money duly redeemed, the situation of many might be much more comfortable, and the necessities of the poor more amply relieved. If dancing be viewed as a part of a polite education, we may be certain, that it does not belong to the school of Christ. It is not to be found among his institutions. It makes no part of the work assigned to his ministers. It has no relation to the affairs of his kingdom. And in place of contributing to its success, it impedes it. It must belong to another department. Men are taught neither religion nor morality by it. In its very nature and tendency, it is equally unfavourable to both. From its peculiar connection with the lusts of the flesh, it is much better calculated to fit persons for being proper subjects of Satan's kingdom.—Dancings are often connected with drinking, and lead to quarreling and fighting. Dancing and drinking seem to be twin-sisters. They are both lusts of the flesh. They both possess something of a bewitching nature. Men are charmed by both. Whether men be under the power of liquor, or of the lust of dancing, they are equally under a suspense of the proper exercise of their reason. In both cases the effect is produced by the power of unmortified lust. Hence it is that these are often found in company. It rarely happens that dances are altogether disconnected from drinking. By both the passions are powerfully excited, and reason almost completely silenced. Pride, self-importance, and jealousy begin to appear. Strife and animosity ensue. The consequences are often serious. It will be urged, that all this might take place, and often does, where there is no dancing. True. Nevertheless, in this case it is the occasion of it. Were persons to attend their lawful business, or the study of religion, at home, there would be no such association, and {57} so no such consequences. And though these consequences do not follow in every instance, yet it is sufficient that the practice natively tends to produce them, as it excites those passions which lead to them. As the consequences of such a practice, some have lost their health, others their chastity and character, and others their lives.—There is a particular practice of this sin not to be omitted in this Testimony against it, viz. Charity Drinkings, as they are vulgarly denominated. As these are practiced only in some parts of the country, it may not be unnecessary to give an account of them. There is some little difference in the manner of conducting them, so immaterial as not to deserve notice here. The thing is done for the benefit of some poor person. An entertainment of meat and drink is provided by that person, sometimes to a considerable extent. A day is fixed, and an invitation is given to the neighbourhood to attend. A very large promiscuous company of both sexes often assemble. These all contribute so much money for their entertainment. This is given partly to defray the expense of the entertainment, and partly to relieve the necessities of the poor person who provided it. The party very frequently eat, at least drink to excess. A promiscuous revel of dancing always accompanies. The scene often terminates with beastly intoxication, fighting, and abominable lewdness. Instead of answering the pretended design of it, the poor person often does not receive what will defray the expense of the entertainment. It were indeed to be wished that this were always the consequence, as no mean would more effectually abolish the practice. That the poor ought to be provided for, there can be no doubt. God has left them as a charge upon others, to whose hand he has laid more plentifully. This ought to be done by lawful means, and from Christian principles. The poor who adopt this method of relieving their wants are the occasion of all the excess, irregularity, abuse, and wickedness, gone into on such occasions. Such a mode of obtaining support can never be blessed to them. The motives which induce people to attend are not principles {58} of charity, and regard to the poor. They have an opportunity of gratifying their lusts. All is conducted, however, under the pretense of charity. This heightens the wickedness exceedingly. A religious duty—relieving the poor, is the ostensible reason for this assemblage of people. Under this mask they hesitate not to run any length in excess and sin. An occasion of this kind is truly a revel. Were charity the motive, it would more effectually relieve the poor to give them the sum of money without any revel of eating and drinking, dancing, &c. But this would not furnish fuel for their lusts, consequently would not take place. The person providing such entertainment, takes the advantage of men's lusts and the dissipation of the time; throws a temptation in their way, and leads them into wickedness. The things which tend most to inflame the passions must be had, drink and dancing. These prepare them for other irregularities.
When this sinful practice is considered, and the consequences of it duly weighed, it must appear exceedingly improper, and sinful for serious disposed persons, or testimony bearers to be present where it is practiced, though they do not actually take part in it. Dancing is often connected with what is in itself lawful, as marriages, &c. These occasions ought not to be countenanced, when such irregularities are connected with them. This would be a decided testimony against the practice. Some think there is no evil in being present, while they join not in the practice. But doubtless they expose themselves to temptation: and many have been imposed on and led into the sin, and by means of it to abandon their profession. One may receive injury by being present where sin is practiced, though they join not actually in it. It does not appear that Herod danced along with Salome. She danced in the circle, while he looked on. He was foolishly affected, and acted rashly. It will ever be found safe to avoid temptation, and to abstain from all appearance of evil. [1 Thess. 5.22.]
It is pled that dancing is an innocent and harmless recreation. Recreation in some cases may be necessary {59} both to relieve the mind of the studious, and to exercise and invigorate the bodies of the sedentary. The greater part of those who go into the practice have no need of it on either of these accounts. Besides it is well known that dancing affords no amusement, but by a mixture of the sexes. As an ancient Divine says, "Take away the promiscuousness of dancing, and itself will cease." This shews, that there is nothing in it as a recreation, considered in itself; but as promiscuous with women.
But something must be urged for the practice while it prevails. It may deserve notice, that wherever reformation in religion obtained, the practice has been condemned; and when religion has declined, and profanity, immorality, and licentiousness abounded, dancing has prevailed. The more enlightened heathens themselves had no favourable opinion of it. The great Roman Orator, Cicero, calls it, The last of vices, because it follows former bad actions.
We therefore earnestly warn those that are parents not to send their children to dancing schools, these seminaries of wickedness, to acquire this part of what is called polite education. O consider, how contrary this is to the solemn obligations that you came under for them at baptism, to bring them up in the fear, nurture, and admonition of the Lord; and beware, lest, by such education, you form their minds and dispositions for promoting the interest of Satan's kingdom. Attend to the divine injunction, "flee youthful lusts," [2 Tim. 2.22,] and this will preserve you from putting your children in the very way of exciting and indulging these. Be not so cruel, as to permit their attendance on those places, which tend to rob them of their modesty, which God has given them as a defence against many temptations; but rather use your utmost influence, by precept and example, to keep them from the paths in which destroyers go. [Psalm 17.4. (1650).]
We have represented to you, dear brethren, the dangerous tendency of promiscuous vain dancing. We entreat your deep and serious consideration thereof. Let not the prevalence of the practice, nor your own attachment to it, induce you to pass over the matter slightly. {60} Consider the nature of true religion, and the manner of its progress in the soul: consider also the innate depravity of the human heart, in its opposition to genuine holiness. Whatever has a tendency to add fuel to the sinful lusts, and to draw forth the latent seeds of corruption, ought to be carefully avoided by the Christian. Among these things we have classed promiscuous dancing: and none who are properly acquainted with the internal workings of sin and lust in the soul will deny it. The votaries of this exercise may well be denominated lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. [2 Tim. 3.4.] No real Christian can say, that he ever reaped any advantage from it, and we are confident, that many have sustained much injury from it. We beseech you, take a serious view of the precious time, that you have wasted in it; of the dangers to which you have exposed yourselves by it; and of the inconsistency of it, with a life of faith; and especially consider, how unsuitable it is to times like the present, when the aspects of providence are truly alarming, and the vengeance of heaven impending over us. See Ezekiel 21.10. Such provocations of sons and daughters may add to the bitter ingredients in that cup of Jehovah's righteous judgments, which he is threatening to pour down upon our guilty heads.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Just a little blog post.

I was so wanting to post on my blog this week, but with all the excitement and "anxiety" of my one friends getting married and this week being so busy I haven't gotten much time!

 I have really been enjoying the weather. It rained some today, which was good because we really needed it! I heard it might get into the 100s on Saturday, much different from the 90s we have been having.

What have I been doing to enjoy this weather warm weather you may ask? Well, mostly weed-whacking. It hard and productive, plus it is my new favourite job to do on the farm-that and mowing the lawn. :D (I hope when I get married I'll mow the lawn, but then again I might not have time to since I'll have children to look after...)

I found another funny Youtube video for y'all to enjoy and since I have to get off, so we can read the Bible and sing Psalms, I will end with that.

And also this nice picture that a friend pinned on Pinterest: