Who Was Noah’s Wife?

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Back in 1990, I was working a “sit and wait job”. I was helping an elderly man. He needed someone to sit near his bed and help him to the bathroom when he woke in the night. He and his wife were light sleepers so I couldn’t do much other than sit and read. That summer, I read through the Bible 5 times. I got so bored that I decided to dig into the genealogies in the first 5 books of the Bible. I made charts, compared life-spans and looked up the meanings of the names.

The spin most preachers put on Cain began to bother me. The reason I had been taught that Cain’s lineage was included was to show how evil mankind had become. The passage supposedly shows that Cain’s sin led to Lamech’s sin of marrying two wives and illustrates how violently corrupt the world had become. The things that bothered me were:

  • A. It seemed to me that Cain did not get the punishment he deserved. In Genesis 4:13-15 Cain seems repentant and God reduces his punishment.
  • B. Polygamy was not considered a sin in the Old Testament. The two most heralded patriarchs of the Bible, Abraham and David were both polygamists, not to mention numerous kings and other leaders.
  • C. Lamech’s declaration in Genesis 4:23-24 about killing a man that wounded him sounds to me like self-defense. He makes the assertion that if God could have mercy on Cain for murder, then surely God will have even more mercy on the person who kills in self- defense.

When I got into the genealogies, I started to find other things that bothered me.

  • D. The explanation that since all the decedents of Cain perished in the flood, the sons of Lamech had to have been “spiritual” fathers of shepherds, metalworkers, and musicians. I couldn’t find the concept of “spiritual” fathers anywhere else in the Old Testament genealogies.  In fact, the closest thing I found was Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew which traces Jesus to David through his adoptive father Joseph.
  • E. Then there was the daughter of Lamech named Naamah. Women are not mentioned in genealogies unless they are the mothers of very important men.

All this was making me very curious about what had actually happened before the flood. I kept saying to God, I wish I could just talk to Noah! I wasn’t asking to speak to him. I was just wishing. But one night, the heavens above me opened and I could hear the angels singing. I sensed that God was inviting me to come talk with Noah. I started to get up out of my body, but I thought better of it. My life on earth was very harsh at that time and I had small children. I was afraid if I visited Heaven, I’d never want to come back, so I got back down into my body and told God He’d have to get it across to me some other way.

Within a week, I was delving into the genealogy of Esau in Genesis 36. It goes along talking about Esau, his wives and concubines and his decedents.  Then, all of a sudden, it switches to the genealogy of Sier the Hortite. “Huh?” I thought, “What does that have to do with anything?” Further digging revealed that Esau and Sier were in covenant together and the covenant was sealed by the giving of one of the granddaughters of Sier the Hortite as a concubine for Esau.

Verse:22 “And the sons of Lotan were Hori and Hemam. Lotan’s sister was Timna.”

Suddenly a light went on! The reference was very similar to Genesis 4:22 “And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.”

I had previously done a lot of studying about covenants. In ancient times in a covenant between two tribes, a common name was often adopted and a marriage between the two families was sealed by the giving of a daughter in marriage to the chief of the other tribe. Noah’s father was also named Lamech and my timelines showed that it was entirely possible for the Lamech of Cain and the Lamech of Seth to be alive during the same time period.

Naamah was Noah’s wife! Why did I think this? Because in ancient times, wives were generally taken from close relatives and they were often “earned” by working for the father of the woman. Noah’s son Shem’s decedents were known as shepherds and nomads. Europeans are for the most part descendants of Japheth.  The most enduring music ever written has come from them.  Ham’s decedents were known for their prowess in war – a superior knowledge of metalworking was essential to them. Lamech of Cain’s sons are listed as “the father of those who live in tents and have livestock”, “the father of all those who play the flute and harp”, and “an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron”

Sherlock, you got it! Naamah went back to her brothers to find wives for her sons. The genealogy of Cain is included because we can trace our beginnings back to two of the sons of Adam and Eve – Seth and Cain.

For many years, I wondered if I had really heard from God. After all, why was I the only one who interpreted this genealogy this way? It was another 25 years before I found anyone else who thought Naamah was the wife of Noah, but thanks to the internet, I have found that there are some ancient Jewish traditions  and rabbis that concur with my conclusions.

The genealogies also seem to point to the general climate just before the Flood. During the time of Enoch, just around the time of Adam’s death, there was a great revival. After God took Enoch to Heaven without death, things deteriorated quickly until there were only 8 people left on the earth who followed after God.

Chapter 6 tells the story of the Nephilim. These were beings who were part angel and part human. I believe Satan had a plan to take over the earth by planting the seed of rebellious angels among men. These “supermen” are probably the Titans of Atlantis. They persecuted believers of the true God as evidenced by the self-defense of Lamech of Cain and the early death of Noah’s father Lamech. All of mankind were forced to worship them or face death. So God intervened.

It’s a tactic Satan has used time and time again – and it’s going to happen again. Matthew 24:37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

Timing is Everything! | Teaching for a Good Harvest

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I really want to talk to you about teaching and timing.

I am a farmer’s wife. In farming, timing is everything when it comes to the harvest. If you harvest too soon, the grain won’t be mature or dry enough. The crop will be short or non-existent and what you do manage to harvest will not store well without a great deal of extra effort.

A farmer can do things to ensure that the harvest will be the best it can be: He can plant the seed at the right depth and at the right intervals, He can water, fertilize, and implement pest and disease management procedures, He can cultivate or spray to control weeds, but, he has to look at the crop itself to know when it is time to harvest.

The seed packaging has information about approximately how long it will take for the seed to mature and there are books and charts that can give him a clue as to what to expect, but real life growing depends on the variables of genetics, temperature, sunshine, and rainfall.

Teaching children is very similar. Our industrialized theories of education tend to have us all up in arms if our children aren’t where the charts say they should be. Educational professionals use words like, “at risk” and “learning disabled” to identify children who don’t fit the mold. Most of us come out of that type of a mindset with a deep sense of ineptitude. Grade levels and milestone charts are a tool to use. That’s all. They don’t take into account your child’s genetics, interests or the fact that he’s got allergies that make it difficult for him to concentrate when the cottonwood trees are blooming.

There are things you can do to help them get ready to read, write and do math. You can read to them, play games that help them develop fine motor  and hand-eye coordination, count with them, watch videos and sing songs about letters and numbers, but if you insist that they read or know their multiplication facts by the charts or by what the books say, you can damage your “crop”.

So how do you know when your child is ready? A farmer carefully observes his crop. He looks at the size and the color of the plants. Then, when he thinks it might be ready, he doesn’t just tear in and harvest the whole field.  He cuts a little grain. He tests it’s weight and moisture levels. If it’s not quite ready, he waits a little longer. You too, need to observe your child. Is he understanding that letters have sounds? When he colors does she stay in the lines and use realistic colors? Can he count correctly while playing a board game? Does she have a good grasp on addition and subtraction? If so, try the next step. If your child gets frustrated, stop. wait a few days or a week, then try again. You know your child better than anyone else. Trust what you observe. That’s the beauty of homeschooling, you don’t have to stuff your child into the mold.

Fortunately, most kids don’t fall apart if they don’t learn something just as soon as they are ready like farm crops do so don’t worry and don’t push it. They will be far better off in the long run if you just wait until they are ready.

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

Jello Brain | How Kids’ Brains Work

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We’ve all been there. You know, that day when you and your child have worked so hard learning something new, like their ABCs or how to do long division. They’ve got it and you are so proud of them. Then … all of a sudden, out of the blue … they can’t remember how to do it! No matter how you hint, cajole, or even threaten, they keep insisting they don’t remember. You know they know this stuff! What’s up? Makes you want to tear your hair out!

But, before you engage in a battle of wills, assuming your child is rebelling and lying to get out of work, I want you to consider another possible explanation. I call it “Jello Brain”.

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You see, the brain is made up of about a billion neurons. These little neurons communicate with each other by sending electronic impulses from one neuron to another. When we learn something new, these neurons fire electronic impulses along a new path through the brain cells. When this path is well established, the thing that has been learned is very easy to recall, sometimes to the point of being automatic, not requiring much thought at all. Remember when you were learning to drive? You had to put a lot of thought into every action, but once you learned, driving became almost automatic – to the point where if you are in the passenger seat and you see a threat of crashing, you automatically step on a brake that isn’t even there!

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A path on the earth takes repetition, effort, and maintenance for it to become permanent. If I walk across my lawn one time, there will be very little, if any evidence that I’ve been there. But if I walk that same direction every day or many times a day, pretty soon a path will form. The neurons in our brains work in the same way. After a while, these paths become well established and if we really work at them they can become 8 or 10 lane highways!

Adults usually have lots of well-established highways from neuron to neuron, but children are just building them. And they face another challenge – their developing brains are rather “soft”. They have “set”, but are more the consistency of jello when it comes to holding information than the hard earth of an adult brain. Information hasn’t yet been crammed into them and packed down, so a pathway can be destroyed pretty easily. An oncoming illness, not enough sleep, a fight with a brother, or even watching a train race by, can jumble things up enough that part or all of that path is lost, rendering your child unable to retrieve the information.

Yes, your child might just be unwilling to work, but most likely they are experiencing “Jello Brain”. If you pressure, argue or try to shame your child into remembering, you will most likely just end up with a screaming, resentful mess on your hands. It’s better just to chalk it up to Jello Brain and start over. Most of the time it is better to wait an hour or a day or two before starting to rebuild so that whatever is interfering with the learning process has a chance to pass. Do something else and come back to it later.

Hope that helps!

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

Textbooks and Kids | What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling

 

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My poor kids! They were guinea pigs and my oldest got the worst of it! Back in the 80s when we started homeschooling, none of us knew what we were doing. All we knew was there had to be a better way than sending our kids off to be taught by strangers in an increasingly questionable environment. Unfortunately, the only model of education we had available to us was the 12 or more years of traditional schooling that we had endured. If I were to do it all over again, here’s some of the things I wish I had known.

My kids don’t have to finish a textbook.

There’s nothing wrong with choosing not to finish a textbook, or to pick out parts of it and ignore other parts. Teachers in traditional schools do this all the time.

Using textbooks does not prevent gaps in learning.

One of my greatest fears about homeschooling was that somehow my kids would get to adulthood not knowing all they needed to know to function in society. Following the textbooks was supposed to alleviate that. It doesn’t. The fact is that ALL kids come out of traditional schools with “learning gaps”. There is simply way too much to information out there for a child to absorb everything they need to know. If you teach your kids how to seek out information rather than regurgitating a textbook, they will do just fine.

It’s perfectly OK for my kids to be doing 3rd-grade math and 5th-grade reading or vice-versa.

At first, I thought my kids had to complete all the textbooks in each subject and demonstrate proficiency before they could move on to the next grade. All that did was hold them back. Fortunately, I figured this one out pretty quick and let my kids learn at their own pace.

Doing 20 – 30 math problems at one sitting is counterproductive.

Children are not built to sit. Forcing my daughter to sit for hours until she got her math done only made us both crazy. Years later, after I had begun homeschooling other people’s kids I finally figured out that games and incorporating movement when doing drill work produced much better results.

If my child isn’t understanding the textbook, it’s the textbook’s fault, not my child’s.

Textbooks were originally created for people who had attained or were close to attaining an adult way of thinking. They were also created for visual learners. Most children just aren’t built this way. If a textbook isn’t working for your child, put it on a shelf and try something else! There are lots of real books, games, videos, and hands-on activities that will do a much better job of  helping your child to learn than textbooks. Eventually, I wound up throwing out almost all the textbooks. I did keep a few. I used science books for copy work so my kids would learn to recognize words like “cell” and “atoms” that we used in our hands-on science experiments but rarely read and I kept a few math books around for my personal  reference. I also used a few to stabilize wobbly furniture. Textbooks do have their place! Just not as a young child’s primary source of learning.

Many kids never crack a textbook open until their late teens and they do just fine.

If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t bother with textbooks at all. In my opinion, they are the least efficient way for children to learn. Fear and ignorance kept us slaves for way too long! Your kids have inside of them a natural drive to learn. Textbooks tend to kill that drive. It’s perfectly OK to throw them out! There are lots of kids out there who’s parents have embraced “unschooling”. If you haven’t heard of it, look it up! It’s the wave of the future in education.

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

 

Fire Hydrant Colors | Why the Differences?

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When I was growing up, as far as I knew, all fire hydrants were red. But in the last couple of years, as I’ve been traveling around the country, I’ve been seeing different colors. This intrigued me, so I began taking pictures of them. I figured some communities must want to be original so they paint them differently.

The other day, I was driving with my Aunt Nan in the car when I stopped to snap a picture of a fire hydrant. I explained what I was doing and why. She told me that the colors have meanings!

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So, I had to go look it up. Indeed they do! Apparently, fire hydrants have differing gallons per minute and pressures. There are also public and private fire hydrants. The coloring of the hydrant gives the firefighters quick information about the hydrant they are working with so they can choose the correct hoses and attachments.

Here are some of the different colors and color combinations I have found in my travels.

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The National Fire Protection Association and Osha have recommended color coding systems, but communities often make up their own so I cannot tell you for sure what each of these means, but you can find out what the colors in your community mean by contacting your local fire department!

What would these hydrants mean in your community?

Chicken Math | Real Life Math

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De-boning chicken today! A while back I ran across a deal! $0.34/lb for chicken leg quarters! Can’t beat that. Anyway, I’m needing room in the freezer, so I’m putting 20 lbs of frozen chicken in the roaster at night at 200 degrees. In the morning, I turn it up for a little while just to get them good and done. Then I de-bone them and put them in the freezer again along with their broth.

There’s a real life math problem here for you! Which is the better buy boneless chicken breasts or chicken leg quarters if you look solely at meat yield?

I looked it up and found that leg quarters have an approximately 62% meat yield as compared to boneless, skinless chicken breasts. To figure out what the price of the actual meat is, divide the price by 0.62.  

$0.34/0.62=$0.548/lb. Chicken breasts were on sale that day for $1.99/lb. The breasts usually cost $2.99/lb. Yep, I got a great deal!

What is the last bargian you came across?

Trivia Kickstart 2| Creating Curriculum That Suits Your Child

Trivia quizzes are a great way to kickstart an interesting path of learning for your kids and create curriculum tailor made for your child!  Take this test with your kids and if something “clicks” investigate further!  Let me know if any of these questions inspired a path!questions-1328466

 

A. What do all months that start with Sunday have in common?

  1. They have 31 days
  2. They have a Friday the 13th
  3. They will end on Thursday

B. The Yo-Yo (a toy introduced in 1929) was based on:

  1. An ancient Egyptian toy
  2. A weapon used by16th-century Filipino hunters
  3. A medieval cooking tool

C.  The word “scuba” is an acronym. What does it stand for?

D. What is a dog’s normal body temperature?

  1.  92 degrees
  2.  97 degrees
  3. 101 degrees

E. How long is the typical ostrich’s intestinal track?

  1. 45 feet
  2. 37 feet
  3. 82 feet

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Answers:

A – 2

B – 2

C – Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

D – 3

E – 1

TriviaKickstart 1| Creating Curriculum That Suits Your Child

 

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Trivia quizzes are a great way to kickstart an interesting path of learning for your kids and create curriculum that suits your child!  Take the test with your kids and if something “clicks” investigate further! I plan to make this thread an ongoing feature here. Let me know if any of these questions inspired a path!

A. There is only one muscle in the body that is attached at only one end. What is it?

B. What percentage of dreams do most people remember?

  • 55%
  • 38%
  • 10%

C.  What fraction of people tip their heads to the right when they kiss?

  • 1/3
  • 5/8
  • 2/3

D. The brain is only 3% of the body’s weight. What percentage of the body’s energy does it use?

  • 6%
  • 14%
  • 20%

E. Approximately how many eggs does a queen bee lay in a day?

  • 800
  • 1,500
  • 6,000

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Answers:

A. tongue

B. 10%

C. 2/3

D. 20%

E. 1,500

Goodbye Ugly Mole | Skin Cancer

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See that ugly mole? Of course not! All that’s left of it is a pink spot!

I’ve had that mole for several years, but a few years ago, I started getting tons of moles around the places my bra was tight. Then they spread to my stomach and lower back. This one also started growing and it was the worst.

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Since my attitude is “doctor only when all else fails”, I started searching for alternative treatments that I could do at home.

I started out using essential oils. I experimented with quite a few. Most of them seemed to help, but frankincense and lemon grass seemed to do the most good. They reduced the size of the larger moles and even got rid of some of the smaller moles, but it was time consuming and my clothes and my sheets were really getting nasty from me bathing in oils twice a day.

Then I heard that hemp was good for tumors. I harvested some wild hemp leaves, dried them, put them in capsules and took several a day and wow did that work! But that big one on my shoulder was just stubborn!

A couple of months ago, I heard that to remove a mole you can keep a cotton ball soaked in raw apple cider vinegar on the mole for a few weeks. It took about 3 1/2 weeks, but that nasty looking thing is gone!

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The process looked even uglier than the mole itself. Every week or so the mole would scab up and a part of it would fall off. Sometimes it stung a bit, but to me this was much preferable than having a doctor take a scalpel and dig it out!

I am still taking my homemade hemp supplement. I ran out for a while and some of the moles started growing again. I tried eating hemp seed, but that didn’t do much good. Then I got some hemp oil and that helped. Fortunately, I was able to resupply my wild hemp stock, but it’s good to know there is something out there I can buy if I don’t have access!

I’m still using lemon grass and frankincense on the pink spot as a precaution, but I really think I’ve got this thing beat.

Disclaimer: I’m not doctor folks! Just letting you know what worked for me and praising God for the medicine He put in nature!

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Kissing God

The jobs I have had over the last several years have often made getting to church difficult. I love the church, but more often than not, I find myself feeding from internet ministries and fellowshipping with my friends online instead of getting to a physical meeting.

I have a wonderful, vibrant relationship with God. He is always with me. I pray throughout the day and I really believe He speaks to me on a daily basis. But it is all very informal and sometimes I feel like I may be taking God for granted.

Recently, I heard a minister say that he takes communion three times a day. He reasons that he eats physical food three times a day, so he ought to eat the body and the blood of Christ three times a day as well. This just really intrigued me! If you know me at all, you know that I am a kinesthetic worshiper. I love to dance before the LORD and I put my whole heart into it. This was something a little more hands on than the running conversation that I enjoy with God!

At first I resisted a bit. The last thing I want to do is a repetitive mindless ritual! But then it occurred to me that I kiss my husband when he leaves and when he comes home to show him that I love him. Just because it’s a repetitive ritual doesn’t mean it is mindless or without meaning. Communion three times a day could be a way to honor Him with a beautiful little kiss!

So I made some unleavened bread and bought a bottle of grape juice. Three times a day, I get off by myself to spend a few moments focused solely on God. I don’t eat meals at a certain time every day, so I’m not being a stickler about communion at 7, 3 and 7 and I’ve forgotten and only taken communion two times in a day, but I forget to eat physically too sometimes and there are days where my husband doesn’t get a kiss because of circumstances so I’m not going to get all legalistic about it. Taking communion three times a day is my goal and most days I make that goal. 🙂  I’m really loving it and I think God is too!

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Just thought I’d share with you in case you might like to do this too!