real encouragement for real homeschool moms

The longer I live, the more convinced I am that God’s providence in the affairs of men and women is evident wherever we look. As I have often shared, I believe it is important for homeschooling families to recognize the Biblical truth that God has no plan B, only a plan A and that only when we acknowledge this to be true and trust in God’s sovereignty, are we able to accept whatever comes into our paths. It is then, with the grace that the Lord gives to us, that we are able to minister to others who experience the pain and sufferings that come with living in a fallen world. This very real fact is evident in the life of the woman I want to share with you today.

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a Christian wife and mother whom the Lord used in a mighty way to bring light and grace to citizens of the United States in the mid 1800’s. The core values of her life ought to be examined and emulated today by every believer who seeks to have a lively, practical faith in the 21st century.

Harriet was born in 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut, to Rev. Lymann Beecher, who was an abolitionist, pastor, and the founder of the American Bible Society. At that time, Litchfield was a gathering place and a resort for lawyers, judges, pastors, and other professional men who had achieved some particular status and the Beecher home often welcomed many of these families into their home.

Harriet’s mother died when she was only four years of age, leaving 13 children to be raised by her godly father. However, before Mrs. Beecher died, she prayed, asking the Lord to call her six sons into the ministry and eventually that prayer was answered, with the youngest one, Henry Ward Beecher, becoming the most prominent. It was within one of America’s most celebrated families of Christian intellectuals that Harriet’s value of human life was shaped and honed. According to one biographer, “Someone once quipped that the human race was comprised of “men, women, and Beechers,” and the observation was only half in jest. Lyman Beecher’s children devoted themselves to transforming the culture, and they played leading parts in many 19th-century reform movements, including abolitionism, temperance, education, and woman’s suffrage. The Beechers’ activism was fueled by their passionate commitment to pursue truth whatever the cost. In the Beecher family, debate was not merely tolerated, it was obligatory. As Harriet’s brother Charles later recalled, “the law of the family was that, if anyone had a good thing, he must not keep it to himself.”

It was around their family dinner table where Harriet first began to apply a biblical worldview to the issues of her day, giving her a vision for her own work within God’s kingdom. When she was 12, Harriet, who was called moody, bookish, and brilliant and who loved to read the poetry of Lord Byron, went to live with her older sister, Catherine, who was a teacher. She began to excel in the writing of compositions and soon was helping to teach in the school that Catherine opened. The next year, when she was 13, Harriet came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ and later said that as she listened to one of her father’s sermons, the Holy Spirit quickened her heart, causing her to confess her sins and call upon Christ alone for salvation.

As a young woman, she moved again with her family to Ohio where her father became the president of Lane Theological Seminary and where she met Professor Calvin E. Stowe, a well known and well educated man who was a widower and who was deeply opposed to slavery. It was also in Cincinnati where Harriet came into contact with fugitive slaves for the first time.

In 1836, Harriet married Mr. Stowe and eventually they had 7 children. Their commitment to each other was evident in the notes she penned to Calvin: “If you were not already my dearly beloved husband,” she once wrote, “I should certainly fall in love with you.” Together, they sheltered fugitive slaves in their home and were deeply touched by the stories they heard from the underground railroad movement.

As Harriet was lovingly raising her children, she continued to write, publishing travel books, biographical sketches, children and adult novels, and poetry, helping to supplement the family income as her husband’s small salary as a college professor brought financial stress to the home. However, her many published pieces in local magazines and newspapers were not as precious to her children as the many passionate letters she wrote to them, admonishing them to seek Christ first in all things and to conform their lives around Him and His Word.

Harriet knew her own share of loss and grief during her lifetime. Besides being left without her dear mother, four of her own seven children died during Harriet’s lifetime. Her son, Charley, died at 18 months of age from cholera and an older son, Henry, drowned while he was a student at Dartmouth. Another son, Frederick, became an alcoholic after he was wounded in the Civil War and never fully recovered from his wounds. Her daughter, Georgiana, died in her early 40’s from morphine addiction. It was the grief that Harriet experienced in her own life that burdened her to write a novel called Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

One day, Harriet’s sister-in-law wrote to her, saying, “Harriet, if I could use a pen as you can, I would write something that would make this whole nation feel what an accursed thing slavery is. “After reading the letter aloud to her children, Harriet dramatically crumpled the paper in her hand and said, “I will write something if I live.” Later, while in church, she is said to have had a vision of “Uncle Tom’s death” and was reportedly moved to tears. Immediately she went to her home and started writing her book.” Thoroughly researching what was known as the “peculiar institution,” she interviewed fugitive slaves and slave owners with all points of views, and read several books.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly was first published as a series of weekly articles in the National Era, a Washington D. C. Anti-slavery publication in 1852. It was deeply controversial but immediately the demand for her story became so great that it was published as a novel, the first week selling over 10,000 copies, and during its first year selling over 1 million copies in England and 300,000 across the US. Now, over 160 years later, it has remained a part of school curriculum in many parts of the US and has been translated into 62 languages.

In her novel, Harriet drew on personal experience. Her whole life had been spent with people who had been involved in the abolitionist movement. She had housed fugitive slaves herself and she had lived in Cincinnati, a city on the border between Ohio, which was a free state, and Kentucky, which was a slave state. She had once heard the story of a young slave mother, Eliza, who knew her young son was about to be sold off to another plantation owner. In order to keep him with her, this mother made a daring escape across the frozen Ohio River, leaping from one floating ice chunk to another with the child in her arms, until they were both safely across. That true account later became the inspiration for one of the most poignant moments in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

In juxtaposition to southern theologians like pro-slavery theologian, R.L.Dabney, Harriet Beecher Stowe challenged the body of Christ to show respect to escaped slaves and some passages of the book even sounded as though they could have been preached in the leading pulpits of the day “On the shores of our free states are emerging the poor, shattered, broken remnants of families,–men and women, escaped, by miraculous providences, from the surges of slavery,–feeble in knowledge, and, in many cases, infirm in moral constitution, from a system which confounds and confuses every principle of Christianity and morality. They come to seek a refuge among you; they come to seek education, knowledge, Christianity. What do you owe to these poor, unfortunates, O Christians? Does not every American Christian owe to the African race some effort at reparation for the wrongs that the American nation has brought upon them? Shall the doors of churches and school-houses be shut down upon them? Shall states arise and shake them out? Shall the Church of Christ hear in silence the taunt that is thrown at them, and shrink away from the helpless hand that they stretch out, and shrink away from the courage the cruelty that would chase them from our borders? If it must be so, it will be a mournful spectacle. If it must be so, the country will have reason to tremble, when it remembers that fate of nations is in the hand of the One who is very pitiful, and of tender compassion.”

Harriet soon became one of America’s most famous writers of her day, traveling to Europe and garnering over a half a million anti-slavery signatures from women from every walk of life, from noble woman to peasant. Assembled, the names were bound and given to her in 26 volumes. Readers of her personal journal would later read: “I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother I was oppressed and brokenhearted, with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity, because as a lover of my country I trembled at the coming day of wrath.” In further reflecting on her purpose for writing the book, she said:

“… I HAVE BEEN the mother of seven children, the most beautiful and most loved of whom lies buried near my Cincinnati residence. It was at his dying bed and at his grave that I learned what a poor slave mother may feel when her child is torn away from her. In those depths of sorrow which seemed to me immeasurable, it was my only prayer to God that such anguish might not be suffered in vain. There were circumstances about his death of such peculiar bitterness, of what seemed almost cruel suffering that I felt I could never be consoled for it unless this crushing of my own heart might enable me to work out some great good to others. I allude to this here because I have often felt that much that is in that book had its root in the awful scenes and bitter sorrow of that summer. It has left now, I trust, no trace on my mind except a deep compassion for the sorrowful, especially for mothers who are separated from their children.” Ever true to her convictions, even after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act that made it illegal for someone to help a slave to freedom and that required runaway slaves to be returned to their masters, Harriet aided the runaways, offering them shelter, food, and motherly compassion.

Many historians today consider Uncle Tom’s Cabin to be the single most significant force leading to the US Civil War, which ended in the abolition of slavery. Again, in her journal she wrote about her feelings about the War. She said, “It was God’s will that this nation—both North and South—should deeply and terribly suffer for the sin of consenting to and encouraging the great oppressions of the South…the blood of the poor slave, that had cried so many years from the ground in vain, should be answered by the blood of the sons from the best hearthstones through all the free states.” In 1862, Stowe went to see Lincoln to pressure him to free the slaves faster. Her daughter Hattie, who was present at the meeting between Stowe and Lincoln, reports the first thing Lincoln said was, “So you’re the little lady who wrote the book that started this great war.”

Britain’s Queen Victoria, upon reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin wept bitterly. Tolstoy pronounced it one of the greatest achievements of the human mind and Mark Twain praised it as “a drama which will live as long as the English tongue shall live.” In reflecting upon her writings, one political scientist observed, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin rarely inspires accolades. Indeed, if mentioned at all, the novel is likely to be derided as patronizing, racist, and overbearingly sentimental. When I finally read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel for myself nearly a decade ago, I was astonished by its sophistication. As a political scientist, I was intrigued by Stowe’s multi-layered exploration of such themes as civil disobedience, human equality, and the role of religion in politics. Given Stowe’s family background, I shouldn’t have been so surprised.”

During the reconstruction years, Harriet established schools and boarding homes for newly freed slaves and her prolific writing reached the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, from men who held high offices in the government, to the most common of men and women. She continued to pen other works, including a book entitled “How to Live on Christ,” which so impacted the missionary Hudson Taylor in China that he sent a copy to every person serving with the China Inland Mission.

A pastor friend of mine, who has been involved in the pro-life movement for several decades, once suggested to me that I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He shared with me that when he read it for the first time, as an adult, he had been deeply moved by the close parallel it made to the greatest social issue of our day, abortion. He challenged me to read it, as well. So, a number of years ago, I read it aloud to my own children and to my elderly mom who lives with us. We were all moved to tears on several occasions and I understood my friend’s admonition that I would never be the same once I had read it. I believe that I can say that that is true.

On the pages of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I found kindred spirits, those who knew that every man and woman is created in the image of God and thus ought to be handled with tenderness and compassion. I discovered the sin in my own heart as I heard Little Evie challenge her father’s spiritual values. I found myself drawn to old Uncle Tom, wanting to be like him, seeing the face of Jesus on the old slave man as he forgave his abusive master, being more concerned about the tyrants eternal soul than his own pain, even as he was taking his final beatings. But mostly, I was inspired to reach out to those women who have been so severely broken in our own culture as they have had their own precious children taken from them through abortion.

Those of us who are mothers cannot help but be touched by the suffering of mothers and children. Many of us have suffered the grief of miscarriage. Others have experienced the horrible trauma of abortion. But I believe that God, in His providence, has included these sufferings in our lives as part of his plan A, so that we might be able to more effectively minister to other moms who also bear these burdens. As we contemplate how we can be a part of bringing an end to the greatest injustice of our own day, let’s remember Harriet’s concluding remarks in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and apply them for such a time as this:

And you, mothers of America, — you who have learned, by the cradles of your own children, to love and feel for all mankind, — by the sacred love you bear your child; by your joy in his beautiful, spotless infancy; by the motherly pity and tenderness with which you guide his growing years; by the anxieties of his education; by the prayers you breathe for his soul’s eternal good; — I beseech you, pity the mother who has all your affections, and not one legal right to protect, guide, or educate, the child of her bosom! By the sick hour of your child; by those dying eyes, which you can never forget; by those last cries, that wrung your heart when you could neither help nor save; by the desolation of that empty cradle, that silent nursery, — I beseech you, pity those mothers that are constantly made childless by the American slave-trade! And say, mothers of America, is this a thing to be defended, sympathized with, passed over in silence?

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"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." ~ Ephesians 4:32
William Carey says:
"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."
Tim Keller says:
"God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrongdoing. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve deliberately oppressed or even murdered people, or how much you’ve abused yourself… There is no evil that the Father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for his grace." ~ Tim Keller
Tim Keller also says:
“The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.” ! Tim Keller in The Reason for God.
Oswald Chambers says:
"If we simply preach the effects of redemption in the human life instead of the revealed, divine truth regarding Jesus Himself, the result is not new birth in those who listen. The result is a refined religious lifestyle, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is in a realm other than His." ~ Oswald Chambers
Phillip E. Johnson says:
“When pressed in interviews to name my heroes, I have spontaneously responded that they are homeschooling mothers! To me, the heroic mothers who nurture the next generation of faithful Christians are among the leaders of the church.” ~ Phillip E. Johnson
John Stonestreet says:
“C.S. Lewis said that for every new book we read, we ought to read three old ones. But I think for every latest, greatest new homeschooling book you read, go find three old homeschooling moms and ask them what happened and what worked.” ~ John Stonestreet
Carolyn Custis James says:
“The power of our theology comes alive when we take the truth personally. Holding God at arm’s length—no matter how much theology we think we know—will never make us great theologians. We have to learn to write our own names into the plot. God will always be the subject of our theological sentences but our sentences are incomplete until we make ourselves the direct objects of his attributes…..Simply knowing a lot of theological ideas, no matter how orthodox and sound they are, will never turn us into great theologians. Theology isn’t really theology for us until we live it. Not until we learn to make explicit connections between what we know about God and the race we are running will we taste the transforming power of our theology. Fixing our eyes on Jesus means reminding ourselves of all that He is to us now. He brings meaning to our routines and energizes us to tackle the difficult tasks at hand. Fixing our eyes on Jesus gives us hope to offer disheartened husbands and hurting friends, and the wisdom we need to raise children who will fix their eyes on Him, too.” ~ from Carolyn Custis James in When Life and Beliefs Collide
Anne Ortlund says:
“So what do we do to encourage them to grow inwardly, to become resourceful and creative, to think, to meditate, to lay the foundation for growing up well? Don’t push, but affirm them! Give them the sense that all is well, that their rate of progress is acceptable to you, that you like them just the way they are…..Guide them but be delighted in them. Let them know that life is to be reached for and drunk of deeply…..Enthusiastic, that’s how you want them to grow up! The word comes from “en Theo,” or “in God.” Support them with words of faith, hope, and love, and in that framework “in God,” they’ll be ready to tackle everything. Fears and cautions are built in at an early age but so is courage! Tomorrow’s world will be different if your child has been released to experiment, to risk, to lead others, to pursue righteousness, to be an affecter for good in society, to go courageously after God.” ~ Anne Ortlund in Children Are Wet Cement
J.C Ryle says:
"Kindness, gentleness, long-suffering, forbearance, patience, sympathy, a willingness to enter into childish troubles, a readiness to take part in childish joys, these are the cords by which a child may be led most easily, these are the clues you must follow if you would find the way to his heart." ~ J. C. Ryle in The Upper Room
Clay Clarkson says:
“Many Christian parents, myself included, tend to speak to children as though they were Pharisees. We can speak harshly and with judgment, implying by our manner that their hearts are hard and resistant. But this attitude is not justified by Scripture. There is no record of Jesus ever speaking to a a child in a harsh tone. When the Gospels record Him speaking to a child, it is always with gentleness. Our children are not our adversaries. Though our children’s hearts are corrupted by sin, they are not hardened sinners who have made conscious choices to reject the Savior. Our children are simply immature and childish. That’s why children need love and compassion, not harshness and guilt.” ~ Clay Clarkson in Heartfelt Discipline
Tim Kimmel says:
“Grace can’t be some abstract concept that you talk about in your home. It has to be a real-time action that ultimately imprints itself in your children’s hearts. To talk about grace, sing about grace, and have our children memorize verses about grace – but not give them specific gifts of grace – is to undermine God’s words of grace in their hearts. Grace means that God not only loves them but that He loves them uniquely and specially. The primary way to give our children grace is to offer it in place of our selfish preferences.” ~ Tim Kimmel in Grace-Based Parenting
Chuck Swindoll says:
"You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here's how - guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality. Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do's and don'ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately...yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it - emotional and spiritual damage will occur. "
Kathy Thile says:
"I say this gently, as the parent of grown kids, knowing *insert parenting guru* is also the parent of grown kids: we have wonderful children — he does, I’m sure — and so do I. But without even knowing his children I can know this about them: they are not perfect. They hurt. They make mistakes. They struggle. They are prideful and overly simplistic at times; and crippled by shame and hesitancy at others. Yes — they are beautiful examples of human beings, his children (I assume), and mine (I know.) But they are not perfect. If they were, they would not be human. If it were possible to raise children to perfection, then God would have sent a parenting method, not Jesus. Our marching orders are not to raise our children by a method to be like *insert parenting guru* children. Our marching orders are to be Christians to and with our children." ~ Kathy Thile
Anna Quindlen says:
“The biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less." ~ Anna Quindlen
Winston Churchill says:
“My education was interrupted only by my schooling." ~ Winston Churchill
John Taylor Gatto says:
"The shocking possibility that dumb people don’t exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn’t real." ~ John Taylor Gatto
Fred Rogers say:
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Fred Rogers
thatmom says
"The truth is that the way a marriage becomes truly heavenly is for each husband and each wife to pursue, really pursue, a relationship with Jesus Christ, to commit to obey the Word of God, to set aside each of their own agendas and paradigms, and then as they walk in the Holy Spirit, as they are sanctified, a little at a time each day, they will grow closer to one another. Godly wisdom will manifest itself in purity, peace, gentleness, mercy, a willingness to submit to one another, the fruits of the spirit, and no role-playing (the true meaning of hypocrisy). (James 3:17)" ~ thatmom
thatmom says:
"We need to approach our children not as character projects, but rather, we must see them with hearts of sympathy, with compassion and understanding, and with ears that listen. You see, homeschooling is not about lesson plans and research papers and standardized tests. Homeschooling is about building a relationship with our children, friendships that will last our entire lives on earth and clear into eternity. Homeschooling is merely the tool whereby we build those relationships." ~ thatmom
thatmom knows:
As a homeschooling mom, I have realized that everything, ultimately, is outside of my own control. I have learned that the unique circumstances that happen in my family have occurred because God’s plan is so much bigger than my own. It is knowing this truth about God and in experiencing that truth with those in my home that has enabled us to face past challenges and that will prepare us for all those difficulties that still lie before us.
thatmom realizes:
If I think about 37 years of marriage, times the number of loads of laundry I have done for 2 parents, 6 children and 1 grandma, I am amazed to know that I have washed, dried, folded, (sometimes ironed) and put away roughly 27,526 loads of laundry. That is over 215,000 socks! Or, in that same amount of time, provided 38,324 meals for a family and sometimes guests. Or that I have overseen nearly 21,500 hours of education of one sort or another during that time. Just thinking of these numbers takes my breath away. ~ thatmom
thatmom says:
"Real books from the library, a tub of art supplies, being read stories rich in vocabulary, a variety of good music, the daily discussion of God’s Word and how it relates to the world around him, and the attention of a loving parent who includes him in all the activities of real life are the secrets to a great learning experience for children." ~ thatmom
thatmom says:
"Being a mom is sort of like being all the people who crowd into a basketball arena all at once. Sometimes we are the players, the ones who are responsible for everything that is going on and our presence is front and center. Sometimes we are the coaches, giving comfort and encouragement, instructing with a clipboard in hand. Other times we are the referees, no striped shirts required but whistles are a must to break up the disputes when the game isn’t played as per the rules. Still other times we are the fans, cheering wildly from the stands, shouting from a distance but not from the floor. And then there are the days when we are the cheerleaders, the ones who scream 'Yeah, you can do it.' " ~ thatmom
thatmom says:
“The beauty of homeschooling is building relationships within our families and inspiring our children to become lifelong learners, gently leading them into the truth of Scripture and trusting that the work we have begun will be brought to completion by a sovereign God who has a plan for building His heavenly kingdom.” ~ thatmom
thatmom says:
"A family that embraces a paradigm becomes lazy and doesn’t study the Word of God for themselves. They take what others state as gospel. They have to check in with the “expert” blogs to see how so and so is doing it. It requires little effort and, truthfully, little leadership on the part of the parents. Dads who think they are turning the hearts of their children to themselves are really turning the hearts of their children to the dad’s gurus!" ~ thatmom
thatmom also says:
“After parenting for 36 years, I have come to realize that all paradigms are basically a list of do’s and don’ts that someone has created. Instead of embracing a list, I have discovered that it is best for me to run all ideas, philosophies, and paradigms through my “one-anothering hopper.” I ask myself if the suggestions or ideas I am hearing will serve to build my relationships or will serve to tear them down; will they reflect the one-anothering commands of Scripture? I ask if they are a picture of Christ and His relationship with me as His needy daughter. If not, I am not interested, no matter how much appeal they might have for any number of reasons.” ~ thatmom
thatmom says this, too:
“The word wisdom is used in Exodus to describe the knowledge that the Lord gave to the skilled artisans so they could make Aaron’s garments for worship. We are told that these workers “were given wisdom and understanding in knowledge and all manner of workmanship.” I have never had to sew any garments for a priest to wear for worship. I have not had to sew any draperies or build any walls or prepare any inner sanctuary as per the Lord’s instructions. But I have been called to give all I can toward the goal of building up children in the faith, preparing children for life outside my home, children whose bodies, we are told, are called the very temple of the Holy Spirit, children whose job it is to worship in spirit and in truth." ~ thatmom
what does thatmom believe?
" What is thy only comfort in life and death? "That I, with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him." ~ Heidelberg Catechism
What does it mean to be a Christian?

1.We must acknowledge that we are all sinners. “For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6) and “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

2.We are all accountable for our own sins before God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

3.There is only one way to be forgiven of these sins and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ. “Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

4.If we confess our sin to the Lord and repent of it (not allow it to rule in our lives) we can be forgiven and be in right standing with God. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousenss.” (1 John 1:9)

5.Genuine salvation will result in living lives of good works but none of those works contribute in any way to our standing before God which is based solely and completely on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12) and “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5) and “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

6.We all, men and women, boys and girls, have direct access to the throne of grace because everyone who is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ is called a “priest and king” in God’s economy. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

I believe that many of the false teachings within the patriocentric movement are in direct contrast to these Scriptures and I would encourage each of us to first examine what we believe about Jesus and His work on the cross, its implications and its marvelous power.

Secondly, I would challenge anyone reading here to examine your own heart and ask yourself whether you have been trusting in good works….baptism, homeschooling, church attendance, modest dress, the list goes on and on, or if you have placed ALL your faith and hope in Jesus’ blood and righteousness alone.

And finally, I would challenge you to examine the teachings within your own church system, whether it is Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, etc. Ask yourself what your church teaches about ecclesiastical authority and family authority. Does it line up with the Word of God? It is a top down system that requires certain works in exchange for a relationship with Jesus Christ or do you have the assurance that you are saved for eternity by His death on the cross in your stead? Does it teach that the fruits of the spirit and obedience to all the one anothers is what our lives will demonstrate or is there a list of man made rules?

If you desire to talk with me about this, please send me a note to shesthatmom@gmail.com. My desire is that no one who visits this website will leave without knowing the glorious truth that we can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and can enjoy a life filled with His goodness and grace!

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Adoration of the Home was painted by regional artist, Grant Wood. The original hangs in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Ben Campbell and Lon Eldridge deserve extra cookies for writing, performing, recording, and mixing Mom’s Prairie Song for the podcast intro and outro. Great job, guys. Garrison Keillor would be proud.

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