ADD/ADHD and Other Misunderstood Gifts

ADD/ADHD and Other Misunderstood Gifts

Let’s talk about learning differences like ADD/ADHD and other supposed learning/mental disabilities for a bit here. What if they aren’t really disabilities, but gifts that are twisted by improper handling?

You can’t raise a beautiful orchid in the middle of a corn field. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to raise anything but corn in a common monoculture cornfield. God created the world with a huge array of diversity, but man is compelled to simplify. And in simplifying he rejects anything that doesn’t fit into his narrow purpose. That pressure to be a stalk of corn out of the fear of rejection twists and damages our most precious possessions, our kids.

As a child, I was diagnosed with ADD and put on Dexedrine (the precursor of Ritalin and Adderall). To be quite honest, I now believe that most of my problems were due to severe undiagnosed asthma and the raging sinus infection that fed it, but even though those things are mostly under control, I still fit the profile of ADD. Because of that diagnosis, I have followed news on ADD and ADHD through the years.

Early in the 90’s I ran across an article in Times magazine (I wish I still had it), about a study that followed 200 boys who were diagnosed with ADHD and 200 “normal” boys for 20 years. The numbers looked bad. We were less likely to have good grades and less likely to be involved in professions that required a lot of formal education such as doctors or lawyers. We were also more likely to be involved in drug use … BUT one statistic caught my attention! 18% of us as compared to only 5% of the normal population were self-employed. Later I ran across a similar study in which 16% of children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as compared with 4% of the “normal” population were self-employed. Then, the mother of a little boy that I was babysitting had her child tested for ADHD in Iowa City. The diagnosis was positive and she brought me a list they had given her of positive traits of people with ADD/ADHD. Every single one of the traits listed was a leadership quality!

What if ADD/ADHD is actually a leadership gift? It’s no wonder we don’t function well in school. Have you ever had a day when you had too much to do? You get irritated, don’t you? Imagine knowing deep down inside that YOU are supposed to be the boss and having to go to a place where there are 20-30 kids your age in the room. You spend your whole day, every day trying to keep track of what everyone is doing. You can’t control a thing, and at 3, 4 or 5 you certainly don’t have the social skills to even begin to do what you know you are supposed to do? You would be a little bit crabby, wouldn’t you? ADD kids shut down. ADHD kids act out.

Leaders learn to be leaders by spending time with leaders. The structure of the family is the best place for a leader to grow because it has a natural leadership hierarchy – parents, older siblings and younger siblings. The biggest reason the occurrences of ADD and ADHD diagnoses have skyrocketed is because we keep pushing our kids into unnatural school settings earlier and earlier and at the same time, with two parents working, children have less and less contact with adults even at home.

What if our school systems are crushing our most promising leaders? If you google “self-employment statistics for ADD/ADHD” you will find all kinds of articles that support my assertion that ADD/ADHD is actually a leadership gift. That’s why when people pull their ADD/ADHD kids from the regular school system, they often find that medication is not even necessary.

I don’t have statistics on other so-called “disabilities”, but I’ve heard that autism is basically someone who is extremely sensitive to outside stimuli. Possibly a superpower that needs to be cultivated in a greenhouse instead of a cornfield? Ask Temple Grandin. Bi-polar? Maybe a similar situation? Could those who hear voices and see visions be extra sensitive to the spiritual world and not crazy? Let’s quit trying to “solve these problems” by forcing our gifted children into cornfields!

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

Self-Control Object Lesson

Self-Control Object Lesson

Do you find that your kids need a little prod to use some self-control? Here’s a little demonstration that can help them understand why they shouldn’t fly off the handle!

For this object lesson, you will need two medicine cups, something to contain the mess, water, vinegar, and baking soda.

First let the kids smell, taste and feel the water, vinegar, and baking soda. Tell them that the baking soda is like our flesh, the water is like self-control and that the vinegar is like things that irritate us.

Fill one medicine cup half-full with baking soda and the other half-full with water. Pour a little vinegar in the baking soda. (Make sure you get enough in it to make it boil over.)

Explain that this is what happens when we put our flesh in control and something irritating happens. We get all worked up and boil over. Talk about how boiling over can cause us to do and say things we shouldn’t.

Then pour some vinegar into the water.

Nothing happens. Explain that when we let self-control be in charge, the irritant doesn’t spill over and hurt others. Let them taste this medicine cup. It isn’t as strong as the pure vinegar is it? Self-control dilutes the irritant so we can be clear headed and figure out how to deal with it.

Everyone gets angry sometimes. Even God! But how we deal with it can make the situation worse if we don’t put self-control in charge.

 

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Challah Recipe | Christianity’s Jewish Roots

Challah Recipe | Christianity’s Jewish Roots

 

 

One of my favorite breads to make is Challah, Jewish Sabbath Loaf. I found this recipe in the La Leche League cookbook that I received as a wedding present in 1979. Can you tell that it’s been used a couple of times by the stains on the page? I was quite the wild child, but soon after we were married, I started seeking God and this recipe really spoke to me. Now, I understand that Challah is braided with all sorts of fancy 4 and 6 strand loaves as well, but this recipe only showed a 3 strand braid. When I saw it, a revelation exploded inside of me! This is a picture of the Trinity! Each of the 3 strands makes up a part of the whole loaf, but when it’s baked and cut apart, you can’t tell where one strand ends and the other begins. This is how God is! He is One God, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so united that it is impossible to separate one from the other. They are all made up of the same things, love, justice, truth, and mercy. To the person who doesn’t understand braids, it looks like there are only 2 strands, which is why we as Christians tend to focus only on the Father and the Son … so many comparisons …

Now, I understand that Challah is braided with all sorts of fancy 4 and 6 strand loaves as well, but this recipe only showed a 3 strand braid. When I saw it, a revelation exploded inside of me! This is a picture of the Trinity! Each of the 3 strands makes up a part of the whole loaf, but when it’s baked and cut apart, you can’t tell where one strand ends and the other begins. This is how God is! He is One God, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so united that it is impossible to separate one from the other. They are all made up of the same things, love, justice, truth, and mercy. To the person who doesn’t understand braids, it looks like there are only 2 strands, which is why we as Christians tend to focus only on the Father and the Son … so many comparisons …

The red head and I made some just before I left for Iowa, so I thought I would share it with you!

 

We mixed all the ingredients but left out about 1/2 the flour so it made a soft sponge and left it for about an hour to raise.

Then we added enough flour to make a soft dough and cut it in two. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t require a great deal of kneading. It actually recommends adding as little flour as you can … just past the terribly sticky point.

Then we rolled one half out.

We cut it into roughly 3 equal strips.

And then rolled them into dough snakes so we could braid them. (Don’t forget to call them snakes. The kids love that!)

Then we placed it on a cookie sheet.

This recipe makes 2 large loaves of Challah but I was needing some dinner rolls for Grampa Tom’s lunches so we rolled the other loaf into rolls.

Then we set them aside to raise until double. I always start checking on them at about the 1/2 hour mark because if you let a braided loaf rise too much it tends to flatten out and look lame.

They go into the oven at 350 degrees. The rolls were done after about 15 minutes and the Challah took about 35. I check them often as they are baking. Whole wheat is difficult to tell if it’s done just by looking because of the color of the flour. I take it out and tap with my fingernail. If it’s done the crust will be firm, but it’s easy to get it too crusty. Part of it is a matter of experience, the other is your family’s tastes. I like it softer than crunchier. One tip I’ve discovered for a soft crust is to put the bread in a plastic sack while it is still slightly warm.

Challah ignited a life long interest in the Jewish roots of Christianity for me which I’m passing on to my children and grandchildren. May it ignite and/or fuel that fire in you too!

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

In Defense of Christmas | The Roots Behind the Pagan Roots

In Defense of Christmas | The Roots Behind the Pagan Roots

“Christians shouldn’t participate in traditional “Christian” holidays because they have pagan roots.” If you’ve been involved in evangelical Christianity for any length of time, it’s likely you’ve come across this teaching, and many of you have chosen to celebrate the Jewish feasts and holidays instead as a result. While I am all for Christians celebrating Jewish holidays, I still have no qualms about celebrating Christmas in spite of its pagan roots. Here’s why:

Many years ago, I read the book “Peace Child“. It’s about a missionary couple who felt a call to reach the cannibalistic tribes of New Guinea with the gospel. The culture of these people was the polar opposite of Christianity. Lying was held up as a virtue and violence was revered. In the book, Don Richardson explains that all religions and value systems have their roots in the true religion practiced by Noah. Satan has never created anything. He only perverts the truth. Therefore, the strategy of these missionaries was to find something within the Sawi culture that pointed to Christ. It is a tried and tested missionary strategy that goes all the way back to Paul when he checks out all the shrines in Athens and then preaches to them based on their shrine to the “Unknown God”. Don and his wife eventually find something in the Sawi culture from which they can explain the love and sacrifice of Jesus. It was the custom of the  “Peace Child”. You will have to read the book yourself to find out what it is all about.

 

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I believe that’s what happened when Christians started going north into barbarian territory. There is a story about a man named Boniface who felt called to live among the Druid people of northern Germany. He moved there at the beginning of summer and worked very hard to establish relationships with a certain tribe there, but was having absolutely no luck. Then on the winter solstice, he was out in the woods cutting firewood when he ran across this tribe. They were gathered around a huge old oak tree that they worshiped and were about to sacrifice the chief’s baby boy. Boniface realized what was going on. He ran up, grabbed the baby with one hand and started to chop down the tree with the other hand. The tribespeople were furious, but an invisible force kept them from reaching Boniface and the child. He kept on chopping away until the tree came down with a mighty crash so hard that the trunk split in two, bounced and then came down in the shape of a cross. In the process, a small evergreen popped up out of the snow. He then preached to the tribe. He told them they were worshiping the wrong tree, that they should be worshiping the Tree of Life and used the triangular shape of the evergreen tree to explain the Trinity. The tribe converted to Christianity, the little prince that Boniface saved became one of the strongest chiefs in the territory, and was instrumental in converting many other tribes.

A couple of centuries later, people were seeking ways to honor the LORD Jesus. Back then, only royalty celebrated of birthdays. They had no idea when Jesus had been born, but they wanted to celebrate. They chose the pagan festival of lights to celebrate because Jesus (the LIGHT) had come to bring light to the dark world. It seemed appropriate and it gave them a way to witness to those who still clung to the old ways.

The first Christmas trees were brought inside as a symbol of the Tree of Life. It was decorated with candles to symbolize the light that Jesus brings into our lives. The first decorations were dried fruits to represent the fruits of the Spirit. The giving of gifts began because Jesus said that when we give to one another, we are giving to Him. What they did was redeem the pagan symbols … those things that Satan had twisted and perverted … back to their true roots … the true religion practiced by the father of us all, Noah.

Today, Christmas has been corrupted again, but the story of Jesus is still there in the midst of it. It is a wonderful opportunity to focus on our LORD and spread the good news of His coming. I’m good with that.

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Music and Unity

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My vocal cords used to get a work out at least twice a week with a praise and worship session on Sunday morning and another on Wednesday night, but between jobs and traveling the last several years, getting to church hasn’t always been possible. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been blessed to be able to attend church, but boy, o boy has my voice deteriorated! I could really feel the strain!

While I like music, I’m not terribly musically oriented and to be truthful, I find it terribly distracting. If I am talking or writing or even cleaning house and have music on, I’m likely to just stop what I am doing and start dancing! So, I tend to put a low priority on incorporating music into my everyday life. The strain on my vocal cords this last couple of weeks has me thinking I need to change this because music is important!

Several months ago, I was singing in church and I got to wondering why we sing in church. Years before that, I had a vision during praise and worship in which the music being played made up the walls of the temple and we were moving inside these walls. I know the power of music, but why exactly do we incorporate it into a worship service? Until recently, music was something you only experienced if you made it yourself or participated in a group such as church. Is the music portion of the service something left over from the long centuries of no radio or audio equipment? Do we really need it now that we have worship music available 24/7? Yeah, my worship leader friends are probably thinking I’m nuts or some kind of a traitor right now.

This intrigued me, so I started dogging God about it. Soon, I was seeing all kinds of stuff about how music affects the brain. Researchers have found that music has profound effects on the human brain. Memory, speech, creativity, motor control and math skills are enhanced in people who are exposed to music and music training on a regular basis. Unlike most brain functions, music uses multiple areas of both sides of the brain. In other words, it strengthens  the brain through an exercise of unity! That’s the key!

Unity! Not only does music unify the brain, but, in order for people to participate in a group musical experience, they must all get into unity! The musicians, the singers, the dancers, even those who are just observing have to line up their bodies, their minds and their rhythms with each other in order to make the music flow. Music creates an atmosphere of unity that helps people connect to each other and to God in a way that nothing else does. Although I haven’t seen research to prove this, I imagine music acts like a giant magnet on our minds and bodies, aligning them all in one direction. The Bible talks a lot about the power of unity. Someone who is aligned with God can do tremendous things, but when we are in one accord with others, that power is magnified! No wonder we sing in church!

So this weekend or whenever  you gather with other believers to worship, make sure you get there before the music starts. It’s not an optional part of the service. It’s essential to unity! Get there and participate!

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

What I Believe | Statement of Faith

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If you follow me, you have a right to know! As a Christian, I’m way too conservative for the liberal church and way too liberal for the conservative church. Hopefully, there are lots of you out there who can meet me in the middle.

  • Jesus Christ is the Word of God manifested in the flesh.
  • Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was sacrificed as a ransom for our sin, went to hell and was raised again. He now sits at the right hand of the Father and is coming again.
  • The Trinity is basic to Christian belief. God exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit simultaneously and they are one. Any religion that denies this is not Christian.
  • There is NO way to God but by the sacrifice of Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the light. You cannot be good enough to go to Heaven. We are all sinners who need a savior.
  • It is by His NAME that we are saved, but His Name is more than just a combination of sounds, more than just Yeshua or Jesus. His Name is a concept, a principle, a spiritual entity in itself. Its meaning is so much more important than the sounds themselves. The Name means salvation, wholeness, grace, and mercy. Well, there’s a whole lot more to it than that, but my point is that Jesus is the expression of God’s mercy. Therefore. I believe it is possible to know God in one’s spirit without knowing who He is with the intellect. When we get to Heaven, many will be shocked to find people there who were Hindu, Muslim, Pagan, Morman, etc. No this is not an “all religions lead to Heaven” theory. I have heard testimonies of people who died and were on their way to hell when Jesus appeared to them and told them to call on His Name. When they did, they were returned to this life. How many does that happen to who don’t come back to life?
  • This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t preach the gospel! Heaven is good! But Heaven on earth is the goal! When people get a revelation of this, miracles happen. Broken hearts are mended. Bodies are healed. Demonic strongholds are obliterated. Fear, lack, and despair no longer have any hold. “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”.  Let’s go there!
  • The Bible is the Word of God. There are errors in the translations, but the manuscripts written in the original languages are total truth. All of it. I believe in the cannon we currently have. There are other books that are good to read, but these 66 books are scripture. Whatever doesn’t line up with these is not truth. I know, I know, there’s all that controversy about how we came up with it, but there are so many proofs that these books are indeed the Word of God. You don’t believe God can’t get His message across in spite of a counsel of men? He used pagan kings and prophets all the time. He is able.
  • Holy Spirit lives in those who have made Jesus their LORD and Saviour.
  • There is a baptism beyond water baptism called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is where we not only believe, but are immersed in God Himself. Those who live in this baptism have a revelation beyond merely believing. They are vessels of His power, and often manifest miracles. Many speak in tongues, but that is not the evidence. All either speak in tongues or prophesy. They are empowered to be witnesses and live in a way that is a mystery to those who have yet to receive this gift.
  • There are apostles and prophets in the earth today as well as evangelists, teachers, and pastors. The church needs all of them.
  • We can and should meet with other believers as much as possible, however, organized religious structures are not the only place to do this. Homes, restaurants, parks and the internet are equally as valid.
  • God still speaks to people today. We can hear His voice and He listens to ours.
  • Not everything that happens on this earth is God’s will, but He will use all that happens for His glory and our ultimate good. He does not micromanage the world, but He has placed safeguards in the form of consequences to keep those who are hell bent from destroying His creation. In the end, He will prevail and so will we if we choose to follow His lead.

These are the concepts which govern all my other beliefs.

What do you believe?

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.

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!

Women | Headcoverings and Culture

This is a post that has been on my heart all summer:

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Can you see the clay blocks in the middle of that brush? It was a lot bigger at the start of the summer. My neighbor had torn down an old chicken house a few years ago and had them piled there. This spring she heard that I was looking for blocks to build gardens with so she told me to come get all that I wanted.

Over the summer, I’ve been stopping every week or two and picking up a few. It’s been a huge blessing, but it seems I always forget to stick a kerchief in the truck so I can cover my hair.

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Almost every time I duck through that thicket, a stick grabs my hair!

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I wind up with a sore head and looking like this 🙁

In I Corinthians 11 women are instructed to cover their heads while worshiping.  Getting my hair stuck in the thicket has given me a whole new revelation on this verse.

Years ago, I learned that in that time, only prostitutes appeared in public with their hair uncovered, and that to pray without a head covering in that culture  was only practiced in pagan temples. Paul was instructing women to respect God by not looking like a prostitute in church. I understood the concept, but until this summer, I didn’t understand why.

 The Bible was written from an agricultural perspective. It was also written by a culture that believed long hair on a woman was incredibly attractive. Any woman who was willing to work wore a head covering because in an agricultural setting a woman’s daily life often involved delving into a thicket for berries or rescuing a lamb. A head covering was an essential piece of work equipment.

On the other hand, a prostitute, who’s only value was sex flaunted that fact by displaying her sexually attractive hair.

A woman who covered her hair when she prayed was saying, “I’m of much more value than a prostitute. God has equipped me with the ability to be much more than just a sex toy!  I am ready and willing to work not only with and for my family, but with and for my God!”

This morning, I started my day out by praying in my jeans and work shirt. This is how I often dress when I am working on the farm. It’s warm, durable and it allows me to move, climb fences, kneel etc. without catching my skirts on stuff or worry about having to keep it pretty. Seems like an appropriate outfit to wear while reporting for work with my LORD 🙂

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Exodus 25

CHAPTER 25
1 I AM (the LORD, Yehovah) spoke to Drawn (Moses), saying,
2 “Speak to the children of God Prevails (Israel), that they bring me an offering: of every man that gives it willingly with his heart you will take my offering.
3 This is the offering which you will take of them; gold, silver, and brass,
4 Blue, and purple, and scarlet, fine linen, and goats’ hair,
5 Rams’ skins dyed red, badgers’ skins, and acacia wood,
6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
8 Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
9 According to all that I show you, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so will you make it.
10 They will make an ark of acacia wood: two cubits and a half will be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
11 You will overlay it with pure gold, within and without will you overlay it, and will make upon it a crown of gold round about.
12 You will cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings will be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.
13 You will make staves of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
14 You will put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.
15 The staves will be in the rings of the ark: they will not be taken from it.
16 You will put into the ark the testimony which I will give you.
17 You will make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half will be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
18 You will make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work will you make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
19 Make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat will you make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
20 The cherubims will stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces will look one to another; toward the mercy seat will the faces of the cherubims be.
21 You will put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark you will put the testimony that I will give you.
22 There I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to the children of God Prevails (Israel).
23 You will also make a table of acacia wood: two cubits will be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
24 You will overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about.
25 You will make to it a border of an hand breadth round about, and you will make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.
26 You will make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof.
27 Over against the border will the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table.
28 You will make the staves of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them.
29 You will make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold will you make them.
30 You will set upon the table shewbread before me always.
31 You will make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work will the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his bulbs, and his flowers, will be of the same.
32 Six branches will come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:
33 Three bowls made like to almonds, with a bulb and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a bulb and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
34 In the candlestick will be four bowls made like to almonds, with their bulbs and their flowers.
35 There will be a bulb under two branches of the same, and a bulb under two branches of the same, and a bulb under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.
36 Their bulbs and their branches will be of the same: all it will be one beaten work of pure gold.
37 You will make the seven lamps thereof: and they will light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.
38 The tongs thereof, and the snuff dishes thereof, will be of pure gold.
39 Of a talent of pure gold will he make it, with all these vessels.
40 Look that you make them after their pattern, which was shewed you in the mount.”