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Tertullian, A.D. 160-240, who sought to defend Christianity against
charges of immorality had plenty to say about the practice of
abortion:
“In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy
even the foetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives
blood from other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a
birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you
take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to birth.
That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in
the seed (55).”

This sounds like it also implicates contraception! No doubt if we were to ask Tertullian, he would oppose contraception outright. You should see what a stickler he was on headcoverings (I Cor. 11:1-15)! More on that beloved subject of mine later!

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Music to My Ears

She’s 3 1/2. Maybe she’s beginning to outgrow her nap?

A smile comes to my face. This is what I’m hearing emanating from the room where our little Munchkin should be napping:

“Hoh-wee, hoh-wee, hooooh-wee! Yord God Al-migh-ty!

Er-wee in da mor-ning my song shall wise to dee!

Cher-a-bim and Ser-a-phim, fah-ying down before Dee.

. . . . [she must have forgotten the words here] . . . Ev-oo-moh shaw be!”

It amazes me how much that little sponge absorbs from us. We sing this hymn at church, as well as in the car together. My husband told me last week she was singing it at the top of her lungs, waving her arms around, as they walked down the Belmont Shore sidewalk together (Belmont Shore, for those not familiar with Long Beach, Ca, is the trendy place-to-see-and-be-seen with your baby stroller, your dog, your sweetie-pie. Boutiques, restaurants, chocolate shops . . . )

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Character is built from the inside out.

“Remember the home has the strongest influence: school and church only supplement that. Your own behavior is the strongest influence your child has.
The way to keep out evil is to fill the mind and the time with wholesome, interesting thought and occupations. Let your watch word be occupy.”
-Burrell -1907
This is from the family at Teaching Good Things. What a great thought. I must occupy her with productive, wholesome thoughts and occupations. That means I have to first do so with my own self. Let my daughter never see me wasting my time.
I want her to see me cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, piano-playing, singing, cleaning, writing, creating, exercising, serving, and all with a cheerful attitude to be of service to God and to others.
I really want to pursue some entrepreneurial occupation in the home. I’m still bandying about different ideas. It ought to be something involving skillful work, which wouldn’t be too hard for her to also learn.
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Proverbs 10:4

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