A Note About Josh Duggar

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I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching 19 Kids and Counting for quite some time now.  It has been my favorite TV show for as long as I can remember.  As such, I have been deeply and totally saddened by the news that Josh Duggar has admitted to molesting his sisters and a family friend twelve years ago.  I can’t say I was totally surprised, though.  I heard “sin in the camp” rumors tied to the buzzed haircut Josh sported in one of the very first television specials aired.

I’ve heard the outrage on both sides.  Some are gloating over the fact that Josh has fallen from public grace.  Others are like, oh don’t worry about it, everyone sins and he is forgiven.

But is this the right response on either side?  You can read the 33 page police report here.

I hope that…

Josh realizes it was not a “young teenage mistake.”  Don’t sugar coat it.

Josh and Anna will stop focusing on him (as Anna’s public statement especially implied), and instead pour all of their efforts and sympathies into the pain the victims might feel by these allegations being brought to light.

The victims realize it was not their fault.  I pray that they don’t listen to the vile things people are sharing on their social media accounts.  Please leave them alone unless you plan to offer support.

Josh might realize that sin really does follow you.  It has wrapped it’s clutches around everyone’s hearts.  None are immune.  Praise God that in Christ, we are forgiven!  But we can’t pretend that offenses never occurred.  We must man up and take responsibility.  If we are about to take a high profile position at Family Research Council for instance, we should say, hey, there is something you need to know about my past, and then decide to hire me.  Repentance includes transparency.

Jim Bob and Michelle understand that writing books about living for the Lord and starring in a very popular reality show wasn’t the smartest idea if they weren’t willing to share this struggle and repentance before agreeing to do so.  Otherwise you look like hypocrites.

Jim Bob and Michelle realize that placing a (repentant) abuser back into the home environment probably wasn’t the best choice.  That shows a lack of respect for your daughters.

Mr. Keller might realize that when screening potential suitors for Anna (as was customary in their home), he should have understood that if this type of fiasco was left hidden (when the sinner was in a very public position), then it.will.follow.them.  It has followed Josh, and will now effect both Anna and Josh’s children.   I hurt for Josh’s children so much. 

The victims in all of this are the girls who Josh violated and his own children.  Can you imagine what they will someday read about their own father on the internet?  We need to not only pray, for them, but for all those who are involved.  Including Josh.  He is no worse a sinner than me.  I say this as a victim of the same type of abuse on a school bus long ago by a boy one year older than I.

As awful and painful as this is, the Duggars should have made this public knowledge long ago if they were to have a public ministry.  God will (and has!) used the greatest sinners to further His kingdom…but again, transparency should be involved.

I for one, do not care to watch Josh Duggar on television ever again.  But TLC, if you insist on canceling 19 Kids and Counting, could you at least give Jill and Jessa a spin-off show?  Pretty please?

 

 

Why My Family Chooses to Homeschool

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I believe that homeschooling is the best choice for my family.  I would love to share how my family came to this conclusion with you!

When I had my first daughter at the age of 19, homeschooling was not on my radar.  I actually was going to college to become a teacher at the time.  I thought that if I was a teacher, I could be in the same daughter when she went to school.  This would be the best of both worlds, right?  I could have a career and be close to my daughter.  The problem was, every time I left my daughter to attend class, it was absolutely heart wrenching!  I believed that this was what was “best” for us however, so I continued on.  I received an Associates Degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from my local college.

Today I’m over at Year Round Homeschooling!  Please follow the link to read the rest of our story.

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #32

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

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Modesty

Service

Health

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A Little Overdressed by Reflections of the Heart

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Words of Encouragement – Make Your Household a Church for God

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Dear mothers, I would love to share this word of encouragement with you from Charles Spurgeon.  No matter what anyone may tell you, the work in your home does matter.  This “homework” will most likely be the greatest calling that the Lord ever places on your life.  Take heart!

“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.”

C.H. Spurgeon

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #31

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

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Artful Homemaking: What We Wore {Modest Monday}

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Words of Encouragement – Don’t Be Afraid to Be Feminine

 

 

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Several months ago I mentioned that I would like to begin sharing quotes and snippets from books and the like that might be encouraging to you, dear friends!  Today I’m sharing encouragement from Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Don’t be afraid to be feminine.

“Do you know who you are? God made you a woman. Accept His gift. Don’t be afraid to be feminine and to add physical and spiritual loveliness to the setting where He has placed you. You are a child of God. You are a part of the bride of Christ. You belong to the King–you are royalty. Dress and conduct yourself in a way that reflects your high and holy calling. God has called you out of this world’s system–don’t let the world press you into its mold. Don’t think, dress, or act like the world; inwardly and outwardly, let others see the difference He makes in your life.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them Free

Road School Adventures – Tennessee Bound!

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A few months ago my family purchased a travel trailer.  Since we are now a family of nine, we decided to look for a more economical way to travel.  I discovered that campsites can be rented for as low as about $25 in some areas.  Yes, please!  We decided to take the plunge although I’m not much of the camping type.  I hope to chronicle some of our adventures here.  Sometimes the posts might be home school related, and other times, they will simply be about fun!

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Our ride.

On our first excursion, we decided to travel to Pigeon Forge.  I adore the Smoky Mountains, and this destination is fairly close to our home in northwest Georgia.

Ladies, it was fantastic  to be able to just pack all of our belongings directly into the camper!  We brought along our favorite movies, toys, and books.  The trip was uneventful, and we set up camp at Clabough’s Campground.

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On the first evening, we decided to tour Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We saw an abundance of deer, along with a fox.  We toured a Primitive Baptist Church.  Walking around the cemetery was sobering, several infants were buried there.

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It was a treat to drive “the loop” at dusk.  It was one of the first days that really felt like spring!

Once we arrived back to our camper, we discovered that we really needed a fan and a more comfortable bed!  After one sleepless night, we went to Walmart and purchased a small desk fan and mattress topper.  Later in the day we also discovered that there was a gas leak when we arrived “home” to the smell of gas and an alarm sounding.  We turned off the gas and stayed away from the RV  for some time.  This was disheartening since our camper is new.  But on the bright side, I was able to overcome my fear of bathhouses in order to take a hot shower.  (They really aren’t that bad!)

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The next morning we also visited Goats on the Roof, where my children, well, fed the goats of the roof.  We also rode the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster which was a blast!

Above all, I was so grateful to spend a few beautiful days in the mountains with my family.  God is so good, and His creation is breathtakingly beautiful!

I hope to share more of our trip soon, thank you so much for stopping by!

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #30

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I apologize for not getting the link up posted last week.  I was out of town and forgot to schedule it.  Now onto our link up!

Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #29

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #28

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

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