Monthly Archives: March 2008

Book Review Friday: Romans 7-10

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First things first, we will read Romans 11-13 until next Friday. Please forgive me if you have been waiting to see what chapters we would all be on. This really is the first moment I’ve had to let you all know. If you would like to be reminded of all my woes and complaints as to why my timing is off for everything in life please check out my ‘Confessions of a milk maid post’ and you’ll hear it all. :)

I’m so glad that as I read these few chapters this past week that I had a pen and paper beside me. I didn’t know that I would be just as squeezed for time this week as last week, and that means that book reviews can get lost in the shuffle. This won’t be anything special but here are a few points I pondered in chapters 7-10.

(I would like to say flat out to y’all right here that I really have no clue if I’m understanding all this law stuff right. If there are any Bible scholars reading this please understand, I am just a regular wife and mom reading her Bible, excited about it and desperately trying to learn much. Forgive my lack of spiritual understanding if I’m getting it all wrong, please!)

Glad to get that out in the open. :)

Romans 7:6 “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”

When we are saved the law becomes written on our hearts. The law doesn’t change, it becomes part of us so that we don’t live by it, we now have the perfect law with in us. We are the law. (Romans 2:14,15)

Romans 7:25 “I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but wit the flesh the law of sin.”

The 10 verses before this all talk about knowing to do the right thing but always ending up doing the exact opposite of what you know you should, and want, to do. I can so totally relate. It is one thing to know what is right and talk about it and tell other people, and a completely different thing to live it. It is just like 1:21-23. Did I mention that one before??? I loved it so I’ll tell it to you again.

“…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to b e wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man”


We can know who God is. And then we can live like it.

And because of verses like these I am humbled. I get caught up in my own wisdom and knowledge forgetting that I have it all yet to learn. My heart is deceitful and we cannot trust our own wisdom. Remember 1:22 again and how we ‘know’ who God is and therefore think we’ve got it all figured out, but we do not glorify Him in true belief. We take things into our own hands and do not live like God is God. We do not submit to His righteousness because our righteousness has overtaken.
We aren’t so smart as we think we are.

And after that lame review (but I finally did one) I would love it if anyone else had a review to add to Mr.Linky 2 days late. I doubt it since not one soul mentioned it at all even though it was sooo late. What do you think girls, is it going to take a while for Book Review Friday to take the world by storm? :)
Here’s Mr.Linky.

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Confessions of a milk maid.

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Since purchasing #59 life has taken on new flare.
Would it be extreme to say that life is out of control??
No, I think not.

Something has to change and I’ve been desperately trying to think of some other way to change besides what I know is necessary. No, I’m not quitting blogging. I don’t do that much anymore anyway. Really I’m the one that should quit and

  • the one who really knows how to write and spell
  • should be blogging instead. But we’ve got it backwards. :)

    When we brought that cow home everyone told us how much work it would be. It is true that it takes a chunk out of your day, but taking care of a cow is not that hard, especially if you are sharing the work between two people. It is the consumption of time that I’m having a hard time dealing with. Here’s a list of things that are falling by the wayside just because life is busy and I’m getting tired:
    *Early risers are not known around here anymore. I love the idea of being up and my day started by 6:30am, but I’m just lazy in the morning. That chilly winter morning air doesn’t help either.
    *Housework is becoming more and more of a chore. Would someone please tell me where I can get some very cheap help for household duties!? I already know the answer to that one and my next problem will explain it.
    *I’ve lost my ambition to keep my kids busy and train them in their jobs around the home.
    *School is very hard to get started each day. The mornings that I take care of the cow means that school may not start until just before lunch.
    *I’ve been getting lazier and lazier with meal preparation. Cooking is not one of my favourite things to do in the best of times, when time is limited and there is already a mess in the kitchen from lack of housework being done I really don’t feel like pulling out the pots and pans.
    *Reading the Book Reviews Friday Bible reading with the kids hasn’t happened for a while. Daddy reads Proverbs with them each night, but that’s all they are getting. Not good. I also am reading less and less. I just get tired.
    *And of course, because of all of the above we are seeing really bad attitudes making their way into our home. Everyone is grumpy because mommy is tired and grumpy and not doing all the things she should.

    Happy happy thoughts eh!? It hasn’t been all misery. I’m just noticing these things are starting to take root and I’d like to nip it in the bud. All these things were there, and I knew it. It was in reading Romans that I saw things even more clearly. (See previous post).

    Now the things I know that have to change is this:
    *Mommy needs to get up early and get right to work whether she wants to or not.
    *Mommy needs to do her Bible reading with the kids, and not only will they be learning Scripture as they should but mommy will get her reading done at the same time.
    *Mommy needs to make a game plan for each day. Give each child the chores they need to do and see to it that they are done properly.
    *Mommy needs to plan ahead and get back into the habit of bi-weekly menu’s and grocery lists.
    *Mommy needs to plan ahead for school and have lesson plans all drawn out the night before.
    *Mommy needs to have a great attitude and pass that same attitude on to her kids.
    *Mommy needs to get really fast at milking #59. Hubby can do it in 13 minutes flat. Mommy hasn’t timed herself but is sure that she can do it that quickly too. :)

    Life is busy. I’m not complaining, its a good life that we’ve chosen. #59 is just another way God is stretching us and preparing us for future use. I just need to get orgainized so that I learn my lessons from God faster.

    Book Review Friday: Romans 1-6

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    If you would like to know what Book Review Friday is please check out my sidebar and feel free to jump right in where we’re at.
    If you have a review of your own please add your link to Mr.Linky at the bottom of this post.

    But first things first, we’ll move on to Romans chapters 7-10 until next Friday. I will be reading 6-10 because I never did make it in any of my reading all the way to chapter 6.

    Heave duty book. There is A LOT in here and most of it I do not understand. I really really wanted to read chapters 1-6 again. I need to. So I guess I’ll do my best to make some time to study it out some more while doing this weeks reading as well.

    I don’t understand much of what was being said about the law. It seemed to go in circles as I read. I followed it so much better when I read it aloud to the kids, so that will have to become a habit again for me. There was something that stood out to me because of a conversation I had just last week about the law. I had remembered all that we had read in Leviticus and knew that the law was very important, heavy duty important. But that was Old Testament stuff. Now in Romans we are seeing that the law was just as important, but in a different kind of way. Or is it different? This is where I get hung up. I really don’t understand. But that verse 3:31,

    “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”

    tells me that we still live by the law as Christians now. I’m understanding that it is through our obedience to the law that our faith is made known. Man, I really need to do some more studying!

    I was very convicted with 3:10-18. For quick reference this is what it said:

    “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one. There throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”


    These are things that I have noticed are growing within my own family. I could make myself feel a little better by convincing myself its just a case of the winter blues, but I know better. We have been turning aside, getting sidetracked. We’ve been liking each other less and less. I hear hateful, frustrating words from one child to another or even from mom. We don’t ‘curse’ per se, but we might as well in the looks I see going around. Never having a good thing to say or do. We are getting very swift at doing our own thing without thinking of our family first. And because of it all I see the destruction and misery taking root and making for some long and unprofitable days. Folks, we have work to do here at Watchthesky!

    I know there is so much more to Romans and so much more to be convicted by, but that’s where I’m at right now. God wants me to get the family back under control so that Daddy will have a nice place to live and he’ll want to provide for and protect us.
    Also, forgive me for not getting the Book Review going yesterday, I took the day off. I went to the Good Friday service at church, watched The Martins on Youtube, played Sorry with the kids, and took a nap. Priorities you know. :)

    Here is Mr.Linky for anyone out there brave enough to use it. :)

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    Happy Spring!

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    It is the first day of spring and of that I am tremendously glad. I find each new winter the hardest. I am cold. I am always cold. I am tired of being cold.

    To celebrate this new day full of hope of the warmer weather to come I will share a couple of pictures of what our first day of spring looks like here at Watchthesky.




    Not looking so sunny and warm, but Happy Spring to Y’all anyway!!