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A Christian Homemaker's Priorities

  1. God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.

  2. Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.

  3. Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning

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A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress, and head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.

B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Yanny, or Laurel?

Monday, May 21, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles, Part 8

Lest you think I'm being too picky, or dramatic about finding a local church body to fellowship with, maybe I should briefly explain where I'm coming from, and what my goals are.

I am a person who is autistic. This means that I already deal with too much sensory stimuli every day, and going to a loud or "out there" church can be too much. Therefore, I need to find a church that isn't too "crazy," for lack of a better word. I also need to find a church that is going to allow for my differences. While I'm not expecting special treatment, I would like acceptance. I spend every day bending myself, trying to fit myself to a world that I just naturally don't conform to. Around family, I get to relax, and I'm looking for a church family, where I can just soak in the Word of God with them.

Autism aside, I am also an INTJ personality type. This means I'm looking for meat in services. I appreciate being around logic and intelligence, so these are things I look for in a church.

And most importantly - I'm looking for a church that isn't too far off with doctrines (I understand that none are perfect) and one that will be fine with my reading the Bible, and coming to my own conclusions (also an INTJ thing). Lastly, I'm looking for a church that isn't so liberal that it has/allows women pastors (that is against scriptures, as the pastor is to be the husband of one wife, as one of the qualifications), but isn't so off to the other side, where they think/teach that women must submit to men (also not in the Scripture. Women are only to be under the human headships of their own husbands.) I am a sister in Christ, and an equal heir to the Kingdom, and I desire to find a church that understands this from the Scriptures.

With all the above being said, it can be hard to find a good church. Not to mention the church also has to be one my children like, and my husband approves, as the head of this family.

The next Sunday, we didn't visit a church. We had a party the day before for a special occasion, and it lasted much later than we anticipated. That, along with our not really knowing which church to visit next, led to home church that Sunday. It was nice. Friends ended up coming over and we had great Christian fellowship.

That evening, we were outside barbecuing for supper, and I was enjoying the various bird songs, and watching wild rabbits scampering about. I felt led to continue my church research, so I got out my phone, and did some surfing and searching around, while hubby cooked the burgers.

Our friends had mentioned a church that they used to attend, and that had a lot of similarities to the type of church I was looking for. Some of those churches even practice the head covering. However, they are a-millennial in doctrine, along with some other differences from my family's personal studies. I tried to find one of those churches nearby, to visit. The closest one was a bit of a drive, so I thought maybe we'd check it out the next Sunday, if we didn't find something else.

I then remembered that there was another type of church that was even closer to our doctrinal beliefs, and that's the Plymouth Brethren, and they head cover (at least the ones I've researched, do). I recalled that their churches are usually named something Chapel, or such and such Gospel Hall. I searched on those terms, and found a few, but both were a commute. One we almost visited a while back, but found out that particular one didn't do much English, as most of its congregants were moved here from another country, and they tended to do some services in that language. The other one was just too much of a drive, and we had some dear friends kicked out of that one.

However, searching around, I stumbled on a non-denominational church that's not crazy rock and roll, and looked like it had good, solid preaching and teaching, from what I saw on their website. This church actually had a Statement of Faith, which lists what they believe and teach - the main core stuff. That's already a good sign IMO, because I've noticed that most churches no longer have a Statement of Faith on their websites (at least not the ones I've found, lately).

I read through the statement of faith, and I fit that church's statement even closer than I have any Independent Baptist churches! Further, they don't agree with having denominations (just as I don't, since denominations are against 1 Corinthians chapters 1 and 3), they believe the gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 are still for today, but that speaking in tongues in church should be reserved for when someone can interpret, else it should be done privately - as per 1 Corinthians 14. They also don't believe that everyone can speak in tongues - correct - it is a gift, and some people have it, and some don't. I personally have different giftings from the Spirit.

They place themselves in between fundamental and evangelical, and that's pretty much where I seem to fall.

Anyway, we agreed with everything on their statement of faith - EVERYTHING. That's a first. Their church also doesn't do local church memberships, as they consider all born again Christians to already be a part of Christ's Body - the church. THANK YOU! I totally agree.

Anyhoo, this church is not very far from us, and is small. I prefer small churches, so that's another good point. We decided to visit that church the following Sunday...

Monday, May 14, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles, Part 7

The last church we visited was one I picked out, so we decided that the next church we would visit would be one my husband picked out. I already knew the one he was interested in, and I honestly wasn't looking forward to it. It was a bigger church, and their website put a LOT of emphasis on helping the community. Now, that's a good thing, of course, but in my past experiences, churches that put a lot of emphasis on that tend to be, shall I say - emotional? I don't like being around strong emotion. It can push me to sensory overload, and being on the autism spectrum, I am always trying to protect myself from sensory overload, or I could shut down, or have a melt down. Neither are very pleasant, but I prefer the shut downs, if one or the other must occur. These occur from too much sensory input, without sufficient time to process it all. The brain and neurological system becomes overwhelmed.

Just as a side note, but this information is imperative for this installment in the series... People on the autism spectrum, to varying degrees, have brains that take in a lot more sensory information than does the neurotypical (non autistic) brain. This means that if there is a ceiling fan turning above us, we can't necessarily tune it out, or 'get used to it,' like others. We are always cognizant of the turning fan, and our brains constantly process that sensory input. At the same time, we are hearing the breathing, shifting, and speaking of the people around us, we are smelling their perfumes, deodorants, colognes, body odors, bad breath, illnesses, and we are putting up with the bright lights shining at us from the ceiling, the sounds of the a/c kicking on, and more.

Depending on where one is on the autistm spectrum - this sensory affects us to varying degrees. All of the above things in the above example are constantly present to us, each about equally. We can do little to no tuning out of it; we don't "get used to it." Further, a lot of us are also sensitive to emotional stimuli. We can feel the "energy," for lack of a better word, from strong emotions, but we don't necessarily know what that energy is, or what to do with it. This adds to our sensory stimuli, and is another thing that will stay present with us, as long as it's happening. It does not fade into the background.

Can you start to grasp how much brain processing power we use? Our brain is registering all of this stuff at the same time, at the same, or close to the same levels. This is also why it's hard for most of us to speak to someone in a room where there is noise, or other people talking. Our brains pick up the audio from all around and even outside of the room, at the same level as the person speaking to us, right in front of us. If you look closely, you'll see a lot of us will try to read your lips, to help us better try to "hear" you over all the other noise, that the neurotypicals have pushed to the "background noise" category in their brains.

There's an upside to all of this - we notice details. We notice very fine details that others don't, and because of this, a lot of us tend to have quite high intelligence. We pick up patterns others can't fathom. We live in a different world from neurotypicals, even though we are all on planet Earth.

Anyways, I thought the above info to be important, because this affects my family's decision on which churches to attend, and which not to. As I mentioned a few moments ago, I was concerned that the church my husband wanted to attend was going to be too emotional for me. I voiced this to him, and he said that he listened to a sermon on that church's website, and it was pretty good, so if I could make it through the singing, it's probably going to be okay. I agreed. I've put up with a lot of emotional "energies" in all the churches I've attended from time to time. Sometimes I think others thought I came across as cold or callous, but I made it. NOTE: I am NOT at all cold or callous. I feel emotions very strongly, including sympathy for others. I just don't emote it externally in a way that most neurotypicals can interpret. Just like we autistics have a lot of trouble figuring out what neurotypicals are feeling from their external emoting.

With the hope of this next church being a good one, we visited it on a Sunday morning. The website said it started at 10am, which I thought was a bit of an odd time. I checked the church marquee in front, and it said the same thing. 10am. There were no other Sunday church morning times given.

At a few minutes before 10am, we arrived at the church. A very bubbly girl immediately came up to us, and showed us around, and told us that they like for people to come at 10am to have some breakfast, and visit with one another for a while, before services officially start. People were standing all around, in groups, with cups of coffee, socializing. ACK! Do you know how hard that is for most of us Aspies/Autistics? We don't tend to mingle, or jump into groups and socialize. This was very uncomfortable for me. I asked one of the ladies who spoke with us what time official church starts. She said she didn't know, as there was no official time, but it would usually be somewhere around 10:30am, and that everyone would know to find places to sit, when a big clock started counting down in time, and she pointed where I was to look.

I awkwardly stood around, while the kids ate and enjoyed free donuts, and hubby nibbled on a bagel while chatting with some people here and there. I wanted to go sit in the car, but I know that wouldn't be nice, so I just stood around, waiting. I didn't have an appetite, so I didn't eat anything.

Finally, I saw the clock start counting down, and the lights all went really dim. I interrupted hubby's conversation with a nice man, and let him know the clock was counting down, so we all went to find seats to sit in.

The lights were dim, so I couldn't see a lot of detail around the sanctuary, but at least there weren't bright lights shining at me from above. Then, after the clock stopped counting down, the lights went OUT. They were replaced with colored spot lights on the front wall, moving and shining all over the sanctuary, as smoke machines pumped out their annoying haze all over the place, and tattoo clad, jean and t shirt wearing young people all came out on stage, and started banging on the drums and playing guitar like a rock band, VERY LOUDLY.

I felt like I was sinning, by being in that environment. It was like a hard rock concert. Christians are supposed to be the light of the world, but here were a whole bunch of people rocking out in the dark. The moving, colored spot lights hurt my eyes, standing in the dark, with the smoke machine haze around me was making me dizzy on my feet, and then there was the noise. The music was ear-damaging loud, and the songs were not doctrinal at all. They were about thanks to God, feeling good, and yippy yay stuff. I didn't know any of the songs, and they didn't really seem to have any specifics. Most of them could have been sung in just about any religion, and would have fit, just fine.

I put up with it as long as I could, but it just got to be too much. The haze from the smoke machines died down, and they stopped moving the spotlights around, but the booming music continued, and I had enough. I had to sit down, and plug my ears. I wondered how that looked to others. I hoped no one would see me, since I was sitting, and everyone else was standing. Maybe no one could see me? Someone did see me, and thankfully, instead of judging me as an uptight smarm, or as being demon possessed, they instead saw what was literally happening. It was too loud, and my ears hurt, so I sat down and plugged them. Someone gave me some earplugs, and I immediately put them in.

I don't like earplugs, because they make my ears very itchy, but I'd rather have itchy ears, than eardrums that feel like they are shattering.

The loud music and drum banging finally stopped, and some very dim lights came on, but overall, the sanctuary was still fairly dim. The pastor came out to preach. He was unmarried, in faded blue jeans, a shirt that was too small for him, and was sporting a mowhawk-type hair style. His message was pretty good though, except for the part where he actually recommended getting a tattoo. Tattoos are against the Scriptures. He also mentioned a few seedy things, that he had people raise their hand, if they've ever done, and he rose his hand as well. These were seedy sins that my family and I didn't raise our hands to, because we truly never did those things, nor would ever want to. We were kind of shocked that so many people there did those things, actually.

I left that church feeling dirty, and dead tired. I was so sensory overloaded, that I shut down. I was dizzy, short of breath, and spoke hardly at all (which is odd for me). When anyone asked me anything, my answers were short grunts, or one word. As soon as we got home, I didn't make lunch, I just went straight to the couch and immediately laid down. I was DONE. I was completely exhausted. I could just lay there and do nothing.

It took all day to recover, but after a few hours, I was able to walk around and talk again, but not as much as my usual self. I remained quite tired for the rest of the day. I asked hubby if we could please never go there again, else I'd only have six days a week, as my Sundays would all be shot. He agreed. The search for a local church body home continued on...

Thursday, May 10, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles

The Church Shopping Chronicles

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


A Tour of my House

Monday, May 7, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles, Part 6

From this point on, I plan to post a "Church Shopping Chronicle" every Monday, and will continue to do so, until we have been settled in a church, or unless I have nothing to chronicle. If we ever become unsettled from that church, then the Chronicles will continue again. I'm only posting once a week, now, because we are up to this year in my Chronicles, and I don't want any church singled out, should any locals be reading this series. Therefore, by posting once a week, I will now focus on one church at a time, of churches we've visited this year thus far. This will allow a time lapse, so that should any new friends made from congregants from some of those churches read here, they won't necessarily know for sure if I'm writing about their church, or another similar one we visited. This is intended to be a way for me to keep Chronicling, but hopefully not upset any new friends I'm making along the way. Does that make sense?

We moved to the bigger house on a good amount of land, and loved it! We were finally on well water, our own septic, and are in the woods, on lots of land. We have the options of chickens, horses, pigs, super huge gardens, putting in a pool - whatever we want. This house is also much closer to my husband's job, but unfortunately, even further from the little church we had been commuting to. The commute to the little church in the ghost town is just too much, now.

I went online to seek out churches close to our new house, and very quickly found an Independent Baptist church with a very detailed, and informative website. My husband and I liked what we saw, so we decided that we'd visit that church the following Sunday.

It was GREAT! They sang the beautiful, old hymns, the preaching was from the King James Bible, all the women there had long hair and wore dresses (my daughter and I were the only ones head covered, but we're used to that). We were informed by people who came up and welcomed us that all the married women are stay at home wives/mothers, and that almost every family at that church homeschools. We fit right in. Not to mention that the preaching was absolutely fabulous, and very meaty.

We excitedly decided we for sure were going to go back to the evening services, and we did, and it was awesome. After the evening services, the pastor asked us if he could come to our house later in the week to visit with us, and get to know us a bit. We said we'd love to have him over. We're not too unfamiliar with this, as we've learned that a lot of Independent Baptist churches have the pastor visiting new congregants or visitors. I like that, because it also gives us the opportunity of getting to know the pastor better.

A few days later, he called my husband for directions to the house, and he and one other person showed up at our door, and we invited them inside. After getting the neurotypical ritual of small talk out of the way, we got down to business. We told him we loved his church, and would like to continue attending. We then said that we wanted to be straight forward, and put everything out on the table, first, because we've had some past church hurts because of having some doctrinal differences. We listed our doctrinal differences.

There was a noticeable wince when he found out we're mid-trib for the rapture, and not pre-trib, but other than that, he seemed fine, and we went through the list. We also shared our salvation testimonies, and about some of the stuff the Lord has done, and is currently doing in our lives. It was a great time of fellowshipping, and I think we all enjoyed it.

The pastor told us that he was fine with our doctrinal differences, except for one thing, and this one thing was a deal breaker. You see, we told him that we'd be perpetual visitors, that we don't become official "members" of local church bodies, because we already are members of Christ's church, with Christ being the head of the church. He said that was the problem, and because we would never "join" that local church, he didn't think we should visit anymore, and gave us his well-wishes in our finding a 'more compatible' church. He also said he thought some of the congregants may have problems with our doctrinal differences, and he didn't want any issues. I was bummed. I was hoping we could keep going to that church. I really liked it, we were already making friends there, even though we'd only gone there two times (Sunday morning, and Sunday evening).

He restated, shortly before leaving (very nicely, and apologetically) that his church is not for us, and we should not come back.

That was the third church I was kicked out of. However, the hurt isn't as bad in this case, since we only went twice, and didn't get a chance to become too attached. I suspect his church might have been a Briderist church, as the Briderists tend to put membership into the local Independent Baptist church second only to salvation.

This was officially the first church my husband was kicked out of. The other two churches just kicked me, personally, out; not the rest of the family.

I'll chronicle the next church we visited in the next installment, which should be up next Monday.

Saturday, May 5, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles, Part 5

After being kicked out of two churches in a row, and never being kicked out of any church before those, I was rattled, and part of me wanted to give up on church, but the other part desired to find more Christian fellowship. Some of the best friends I've ever had (and still have) were met at a church.

We took a small break from church, which was needed, then found another Independent Baptist church to visit. The very first sermon I heard there was on Romans 12:1-2, and it was a GREAT sermon. They had no problems with our not wanting church membership, and we were freely allowed to take communion, and continue attending. We ended up leaving that church, but not because of any problems. It was because it was CROWDED. Like the Calvary Chapel I mentioned earlier in this series, it was hard to get a place to sit, and we often ended up in overflow. It made church stressful for me, because we always had to hurry to be early, to get seats, and of course, that meant that six people who could have sat where we sat probably ended up in overflow, instead of us.

After we left that church, we home churched for several months, but it was most of the time just my family. While it was nice, it became monotonous, and we all missed meeting and fellowshipping with other Christians. We visited several churches, and there were a few that my family liked, but none I was really in to, but I was willing to give it up, and just go where my family liked. I still had a few more churches on my list to visit, though, and the kids and hubby wanted to check them out, too. We eventually ended up at a church that was in a literal ghost town, out on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

It was perfect. It was a little Southern Baptist church that sang the old hymns, and preached from the KJV Bible. We instantly became good friends with the pastor and his wife, and some of the congregants. It was a commute to go to that church, though, so we only went on Sunday mornings, and sometimes we couldn't go at all, due to various reasons - flat tire, bad road conditions, etc. We attended that church for a few years, and loved every moment of it. And then we got an opportunity to move into a much bigger house, on a good deal of land. This opportunity moved us much closer to my husband's job, but further from the church. It became too long of a commute, and no longer feasible. It was already on the edge of too far, before we moved to the bigger house.

And it is at this point, where I am going to really get into the Church Shopping Chronicles. In the next installment in this series, I'll share with you the next church we visited, and how we were promptly kicked out. That would make it the third church that has kicked us out, so far...

Friday, May 4, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles, Part 4

As per an online friend's suggestion, we began to look for a Family Integrated Church, and we found one, not too far away from us. I was hurt from being kicked out of our last church, so I figured I'd put all the cards out on the table, before becoming attached to another church. I emailed who seemed to be the main elder (they had preaching elders). I laid out a list of doctrinal differences I'd probably have with their church. They were a Southern Baptist Family Integrated church, so I knew they'd have a lot of the Baptist doctrines. I also let him know that I am dresses only, homeschool, and cover my head.

He replied back that just as long as I wasn't going to cause trouble at church, or argue with people, I was welcome. He said that I would not be the only dresses only, head covering woman, as that were were several there already, and that almost every family there homeschools. YES!

The kids and I visited the first time without my husband, because he was called into work. As I pulled the large vehicle I was driving into the parking lot, I looked at the other cars pulling in. Most of them were large like mine, and most of the families had four or more kids, like us. WoW!

I really enjoyed the church services, and some of the ladies there came up and spoke to me. We spoke of kombucha scobies, various types of kefir and starters, homemade sourdough bread, etc. These are things that the ladies at the other churches usually didn't know about. In fact, many ladies at the other churches didn't even cook at all. I felt like I finally found my church home.

There were no problems with our not celebrating Christmas, etc. In fact, about 1/3 or more of the church attendance didn't, either. There were no big Christmas cantatas pushed, no advent, no caroling, no baloney. It was NICE for a change. It was a breath of fresh air. It was a church we could attend year round, and not have to take December away.

However, I have Aspergers. If you don't know what that is, it is a form of high functioning autism. This means that I can come across as "off" in social situations, and this was a VERY social church. None of the preaching elders ever introduced themselves to my children and I, nor did they the next week when my husband attended for the first time. Nor did they ever speak to us in person, until over a year after we'd been attending...

After going for over a year, the elders decided to do Advent for the first time at that church. There were a lot of upset people in church, but I didn't see anyone addressing that issue with any of the preaching elders. I felt weird going up to them, because none of them ever spoke to any of us, so I decided to email the elder that I originally emailed, about the issue.

To my surprise, he emailed back that my family and all the preaching elders should meet at a restaurant and have a meeting. FABULOUS! This was the first and only time the elders ever spoke to us in person. They barraged us with Scriptures that were WRONG. I mean, as in if they would just read two verses further, they'd see they were butchering the passage. Every time I tried to interject, and say anything, I was shushed, and interrupted. My husband was finding this strange, and was not sure what to do. Further, he saw this as more of something that was supposed to be them and I discussing, since I was the one who brought it up. He wasn't prepared to discuss it much. I thought the same thing. THEN, they brought out Ephesians 4:32, and said that I was an unkind person, and that that's the real issue.

WHAT?!!!! That blew both my husband and I away. Why in the world would they think that, when this is the first time they've ever spoken to us, and I got along just fine with the congregants. Our family even got together with some of the other families outside of church, for fun and fellowship. There's never been any problems with even one person.

I promptly emailed them my response to everything they said, as soon as I got home, because I literally was not allowed to speak, and my husband's jaw was pretty much on the ground in shock the whole time. Right after the meeting, they immediately left, and I started crying. Now, if you know me, then you've probably never seen me cry. I hate crying. I don't like it getting my face wet, I don't like it clogging my nose, and I'm not much for "negative" emotional display. But my heart was shattered. How in the world could they think I'm mean? I am never intentionally mean to anyone. I tried it twice in my childhood, and hated it. I picked on a kid once, who always smelled like pee, and I tried picking on a girl once, in girl scout camp. I learned early on that I hated being mean to people, and decided I would never do it again, and I never have.

The rest of the conversations with the elders were 100% via email. They avoided us in church. In the emails, they told me that I wasn't making proper eye contact, wasn't socializing properly with the women, spoke too much with the men, was too harsh, etc. I tried to explain to them that I have Aspergers, and am trying my best, and they passed that off as some excuse. I then asked if one of them could then please help me, by sitting with me at church, being at my side during fellowship meals, etc, and explain things to me, answer my questions, tell me what I'm doing wrong, what I'm doing right, and why, and better explain to me how they think I'm socializing wrong, and how they think I should do it right. None of the elders wanted to do that.

Eventually, they emailed me, and said that until I apologize, I'm never to return to that church, or email any of them again, and if I show up, they'll call the police. They said the only email or communication they'd accept from me was an apology.

What did I do wrong??? I refuse to in-authentically apologize. If I've done wrong, and I know I've done wrong, I apologize. But if I don't know of any wrong doing, then I can't apologize, because I don't even know what in the world is going on, and I won't do it, just to do it. That's lying.

A few weeks later, some of the men from the church were told by the elders to set up a meeting with my husband. I was 100% against this, because I was not invited, and my husband was specifically told that I could not come. I didn't want my husband to go, because I wasn't invited, and I'm the one they had the problem with, not him. He really wanted to know what they had to say, so he went. I sat out in the parking lot.

Now I know why I was always hushed by the elders, and why I was not allowed to attend that meeting. They were ultra-patriarchal. I mean to the point of a cult and legalism. I'm a woman, so under their point of view, I should have never emailed the eldership, nor had an opinion of my own, and if I did, I was supposed to keep it to myself. They told my husband that he needed to get his wife in order.

This is NOT in the Bible! In fact, 1 Peter 3:7 says that if husbands treat their wives like that, their prayers will be hindered!

They ended the meeting by asking him what he'd require for reconciliation. He said he'd have to think about it, and would email them his response.

We realized that they were asking the wrong person. They should have asked ME, what I required for reconciliation. I'm the one the elders had the issue with, and I'm the one who was kicked out of church, not my husband.

My husband emailed them, stating that in order to reconcile, the first step is to ask ME what it would take, since I'm the one they had the problem with. They never responded, or contacted us again.

I kept reading over all the emails that had passed between the elders and I. Emails that I usually read to my husband before I sent, however he didn't require that, because he trusts me, as a sister in Christ. I could not find any instance where I was mean, and I was certainly never mean in person to anyone there, that I honestly have any inkling of.

Then, the Lord, clear as day, told me "Candy, you did nothing wrong." What a release of burden. What a literal weight lifted from my chest. I didn't do anything wrong. God Himself told me so. Praise God, because I needed that clarification. I was beating myself up, trying to figure this whole thing out.

The Lord revealed to me that that was a dying church, and that the eldership were driving multiple people out, not just me. The Lord gave me a Scripture to share with the eldership, and I shared it in my goodbye email to them. That scripture is the following:

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" -1 Peter 4:17

I told them that their church was going to go under, unless they repented, and started truly seeking the Lord's will again. They didn't heed the warning, and that church is gone, now.

That was the second church I've been kicked out of. I was kicked out of the first, because I believe in mid-trib rapture and was writing about that on my blog. As far as I can tell, I was kicked out of the second church, because I'm on the Autism spectrum.

The next installment in this series should be up, tomorrow.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles, Part 3

Finally, we found an Independent, Baptist church that let us partake in communion, and it didn't matter to them if we were baptized in a Baptist church, or not, just as long as we were saved, and baptized, which we are. We went to that church twice every Sunday, and also on Wednesday evenings, and when there were special church events, we went to those, minus Christmas/Halloween/Easter stuff. We don't partake in pagan holidays, so when those things are at church, we home church until those days are past. Often, we home church through the month of December, because of Christmas (Baalmas). We attended this church for a few years.

Does my not partaking in Christmas, Easter, Halloween and more confuse you? Lest you think I'm a Torah Observant, I am not. I don't keep the Old Testament feast days, because Christ fulfilled them. I don't keep the world's holidays of Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc, because the Bible says not to. If this intrigues you, and you'd like to learn more, take a look in the left hand sidebar, under the section called "Holiday Truths." Nothing but facts are in there, so be ready for some hard hitting truth.

One day, the pastor started a new series, on Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Rapture is mid-tribulation, but I understand that most Independent Baptists hold to the error of pre-trib, and I don't hold that against them. I sat quietly and listened to the sermons. Pastor gave some GREAT scripture passages! It was so much fun! It was urging me and pushing me to study the Word even deeper. I wanted the rapture to be pre-tribulation. If there was something I was missing, or not seeing, then I was confident Pastor would show it to us in this series.

I went home after each church service, and studied the passage he gave in the Bible. However, as I looked at context, and parallel reference passages, I kept finding that even the passages he thought proved pre-trib were clearly showing evidence of mid-trib.

This was a great time to do a series on my personal blog (this very blog website you are reading). I started typing up my studies, then decided to just make each of my studies an article, and share them on my blog. Some of the articles had me so excited, that I shared links to them on my FaceBook page, inviting my friends to take a look, and let me know what they thought.

Little did I know that the pastor read my FaceBook page, and from some of the links I shared, he read my blog. He's a very busy man, with a good sized church, so I didn't think he'd have the time to read little ole my FaceBook or blog. I didn't see any problem in it, though. Sure, I have several articles up that show that I have some doctrinal differences from what he teaches, but I'm an individual. I don't know anyone in that church who agrees 100% with everything he teaches (and I'm still friends with several people who still attend there). I don't personally know anyone at any church I've attended that agree with their pastor on every detail. Frankly, if they did, I'd wonder if they were not thinking for themselves, or were in a cult. No man is infallible - not even pastors. Of course they are going to be wrong on some things. We all are.

Well, long story short, after being denied helping out in areas where the church was asking for volunteers, and being kicked off the church FaceBook page, with no reason given (I never posted there, I just used it as a Church Directory), we were eventually called to a meeting with the pastor. He basically told me to take down my blog, or find another church. Well, there are so many people I have been blessed to learn that got saved from something I've written on this blog. I told him that, and that this is currently part of my ministry for the Kingdom. He stood firm. If I didn't take down my blog, I'd have leave that church. So we left.

We LOVED that church, but if I'm not allowed to come to my own conclusions, from reading the Bible, and think for myself, then that's not a church I should be at, anyhow. It's a great church, and I wish them well.

We didn't know which church we wanted to visit, after that. Once, before finding the above church, we visited another biggish Independent Baptist church in the area. Unfortunately, they were Landmarkists/Lightly Briderists. I asked to speak with the pastor about that after services, but he was too busy, so an elder spoke with me. We went back and forth in the Scriptures, but nothing got resolved. We went to the evening service, and I brought a paper I wrote up, with a list of Scriptures, hoping that the pastor would take a look, and discuss them with me. I tried to give him the paper after evening church. He wouldn't look at it, wouldn't touch it, and didn't know what it said. He got quite mad at me, and seemed very offended that me, a woman, would try to discuss scriptures with him, a man, and a pastor. We never went back to that church, obviously.

Anyhoo, after being kicked out of the church we loved, I confided in a few friends, and one of them suggested I try finding and visiting a Family Integrated Church. I didn't know much about those churches, so I Googled them. From what I read, some of them sounded just right. In fact, we found one that we attended for over a year.

That was the second church I got kicked out of.

More on that, in the next installment...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


The Church Shopping Chronicles - Part 2

NOTE: I'm considering yesterday's installment to be "part one," even though it isn't in the title. I just thought I'd mention that, lest someone think they missed a part, somewhere in there. :-)

I left off with us moving to a more southern state than where we've attended any churches, previously. We are still in that state, and will probably spend the rest of our lives here. We love it here.

However, this is where the church shopping really gets serious...

We visited some churches off and on, and attended for a little while at a Church of Christ. Then, we started hearing sermons that were quite off, so I decided to study what the "Church of Christ" was, and found out they were Campbellites. So, we left to find another church.

We visited some here and there, but the sermons were very watery, and the worship often was like going to a rock concert, and I didn't like getting headaches from church.

Then, one day I mentioned my church-finding woes on my blog. This was way back when I had comments turned on. (I don't intend on turning them back on, BTW). Several commenters said that they just assumed I was a Fundamental, Independent, Baptist. They said I seemed so much like one. I had never heard of that, before. I Googled the term, and was very excited about what I found! Most of them tend to be King James Only, and sing the righteous old hymns. I immediately looked at some of the various online church directories, and took note of which Independent Baptist churches were near us. We chose one to attend, and ended up being there for four years.

We loved that church dearly, but were saddened that we were not allowed to partake in communion, or be members, unless we were to get rebaptised in that, or another Baptist church. I refused. Baptism isn't a membership card. Further, I am not a Baptist. I'm a born again Christian, who happened to be going to a church with "Baptist" in the name, because it was the closest I could find to a good, Scriptural church. Sure, there were some incorrect doctrines taught, such as pre-tribulation rapture (It's mid-trib. Click Here to learn more.) I just figured no one, and therefore no local church body is perfect, and I don't expect to agree with every single sermon, and that is okay. I was fine with it.

I was also fine with not being a church member. Memberships into local church bodies are unscriptural, as are denominations, as per 1 Corinthians chapters 1 and 3, so that was fine with me. However, not being allowed to partake in communion started eating away at me.

We decided to see if we could find an Independent Baptist church that would let us partake in communion. We couldn't find any, so we attended a few different churches here and there - a very small Assemblies of God church, where we were the only non gray-headed attendees (which is fine with me), and a Calvary Chapel. I really liked the Calvary Chapel, but it was SO crowded, that we usually ended up standing in the back of the room for the whole church service. Unfortunately, there were very few Calvary Chapels near us, so we couldn't find anymore to visit. I guess that's why that one was so crowded. There needed to be more.

We eventually found a little Southern Baptist church that we attended for about three or four years. The pastor didn't mind our doctrinal differences, because they were minor. We were in full agreement on the biggest stuff, such as how to get saved, the trinity, etc. He preached from the King James Bible, and that church sang the old hymns. It was GREAT. One day, he preached from the New King James. We asked why, after service, and he said it was because it was from a new Bible he was gifted, and he wanted to give it a try. We brought some papers for him about the corruptions of the NKJV to the evening service. He thanked us for the papers, read them that night, and promptly returned to the KJV as of the next service, and has stayed KJV since.

Now, how many pastors would have been offended, and kicked us out? As I'd soon learn - MANY.

We loved that little church, but Hubby's job moved him to another city, and the commute was too great, so we had to find another church. To our joy and surprise, we found an Independent Baptist church that was not Landmarkist, and therefore allowed us to attend, and take communion. This was a bigger church, so we didn't get much time to talk with the pastor one-on-one, like the other churches, but we enjoyed his preaching, and had no problems.

This ended up being the first of three (so far) churches I've been kicked out of...

The next installment will get into that.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Introducing the Church Shopping Chronicles

Finding and settling, long-term, in a local church body has mostly been a challenge for me since I got saved, and I got saved at about 10:00pm, November 18, 1995. This series of articles is going to share with you my past and present struggles and things I've learned in trying to find a local church body to fellowship with, while not compromising following the Word of God.

I had been wanting to know God, and the Truth, for as much of my childhood as I can recall. I grew up at almost 10,000 feet elevation, high in the mountains, and while there were a few small churches around, no Christians ever came to our door. We got Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Baha'i Faith, and some more bizarre religions with interesting pictures in their books.

There were many children at my school, who were regularly attending Sunday services, but none told me the Gospel. I didn't know who to ask, or what to ask. I just knew I was missing something that had to do with God.

Long story short, no one ever told me the Gospel. I had to learn the terminology, and then figure out who to ask, then seek someone out, and ask them how to be saved. How dangerous is that?! Why did I go through all of my childhood, and never was told the Gospel message, was never given a tract - nothing? I only heard Jesus Christ in cuss words from people, and that was it.

If you are a born again Christian, are YOU sharing the Gospel with others? What if that one person, like me, is seeking, but has never heard the Gospel? What if they aren't as lucky as I was? Perhaps you're the one to tell them.

To hear my salvation testimony, Click Here.

When I got saved, I was regularly attending a church I had been invited to. By this point, I was out on my own, and lived in a different state from my parents. (They were great parents, but I was raised secular.) It was a non-denominational church, which was very, shall we say - Pentecostal. People would speak in tongues, fall backwards, being "slain in the spirit," etc. I was a brand new Christian, and didn't understand any of that. I know I never had the urge to do any of that, so I didn't. I just watched. Now, the Sunday morning services were fairly conservative. It was the Sunday evening services where it got wild. My friends didn't tend to go to the evening services, but I wanted to observe and study this strange thing.

As I read the Bible, I kept expecting to come across those things I was seeing in the evening church services, and learn about them. I got to the end of the Bible, and never found that stuff. It's not in the Bible. I did read in the Bible about people having the gift of speaking in tongues, and there being those with the gift of interpretation, but I never saw jibber jabber "prayer language," people falling backward, being "slain in the spirit," etc.

I was baptized at that church, and continued attending, until I moved to another state. While there were things, such as the above, that I didn't see as scriptural, I also saw a lot of things in that church that was scriptural, as well.

When I moved to the other state, we (my husband and I) visited different churches here and there, and eventually ended up at a church for about 5 years. It was a Foursquare Church, but they were fairly conservative. We stayed at that church for five years, living in a very small town. We eventually moved to a bigger city for job reasons, and had to find a new church. While we were attending that Foursquare church, it was great. We were allowed to have doctrinal differences, and the pastor and others there would actually listen to our point of view. We would also listen to them, and we grew in that church. My husband was on the worship team, and I taught a Sunday School class, and also taught classes in VBS. I did this, while not putting my children into Sunday School or VBS. I taught in both areas, because there was a need, and I was personally asked to. I have the gift of teaching, and that church recognized that.

I also took turns with several ladies in watching the nursery. I didn't tend to put my own children in church nursery, but I had no problems watching it. This was the only church that encouraged us to help out, and that saw our talents and utilized them. I didn't follow the provided curriculum in the Sunday School class I taught (which was girls, pre-teen). I had permission to lead my own studies with them. Occasionally, one of the elders would sit in on the class, to see how it was going, but there were never any problems, or complaints. In fact, they usually thanked me for a good class, and said they enjoyed it.

I brought in a stack of King James Bibles that I kept in my classroom, and the girls read and studied from those in my class, even though the church Bible version was New King James. That was fine, and no one had any problems with that.

After five years at that church, we were moved to a more southern state for Hubby's job. It's a state we've now been in since the end of 2005, and I love it here. However, finding a local church body has been next to impossible... so far...

We'll get into that in the next installment.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


How to Get Your Prayers Answered


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org. If you can't find or start a home church in your area, then look for a Family Integrated Church, an Independent Baptist church, or look in your phonebook for a nearby Baptist church.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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2018 Reading List

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Mystery of the Ages
reading again, cult study. I do not recommend this book

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Worlds in Collision

The Science of Effective Communication

Simple Country Wisdom
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Mystery of the Ages
reading again, cult study. I do not recommend this book

The Stairway to Heaven

Hidden in Plain Sight 3

The Sweeper

The Wars of Gods and Men

Cleaning Hacks

Home Vegetable Gardening

The Lost Realms

Finding Peace in Life's Storms

Beautiful Girlhood

When Time Began

Female Piety

Giants on the Earth

Cosmic Code

The Revelation Explained

Enquire Within Upon Everything

The End of Days

Frankenstein

Tales From Shakespeare

When Angels Fell

The Old Man and the Sea

Love One Another, Vol. 6

The Einstein Theory of Relativity

Following the Equator

Why Does he do That?

The Witness of the Stars

The Log Cabin Lady

For the Comfort of the Family

Charlotte Bronte and her Circle

The Five Giants

Household Organization

Basic Electronics

The New Life in Christ Jesus

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Homespun Bride

Tales of Giants from Brazil

A Little Bit of Everything for Dummies

Dutch Oven Cookbook

Tillie, a Mennonite Maid; a Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch

The Art of Soul-Winning

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow

The white slave: or, Memoirs of a fugitive. A story of slave life in Virginia

The Giants from Outer Space

Be Their Example

Gardening Box Set #8

Essential Oils: Natural Remedies for Your Family

The Giant's Robe

Stockpile and Barter Handbook

The Art of War

The Giant of the North Pokings Around the Pole

Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

The Secret of the Island

Buried Alive

Sweet Baklava

What the Bible is all About

History of Salem Witchcraft

Anthem

Cleopatra

Rapture and Resurrection

The Beautiful and Damned

Experiments With Alternate Currents Of High Potential And High Frequency

Betty's Bright Idea

Hide in Plain Sight

Ten Acres Enough

The Symbolism of Freemasonry

The Cabin on the Prairie

Highland Blessings

By What Authority?

They Almost Always Come Home

The Chimes

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

The Cricket on the Hearth

What do the Prophets Say?

Homestead on the Hillside

The Conflict of the Ages

Daughter of Joy

Who is the Messiah Proved From the Ancient Scriptures

Holy in Christ: Thoughts on the Calling of God's Children to be Holy as He is Holy

Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

C. H. Spurgeon's Autobiography

The Happy Family

Number in Scripture

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Studies in the Life of the Christian

The Light Shines in Darkness

The Scarlet Letter

Madame Bovary

Martin Chuzzlewit

Dr. Kildare, Assigned to Trouble

Middlemarch

The Home-Keeping Book

My Wife and I

The Good Earth

The Mysterious Island

The Heavenly Footman

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Donna Parker: A Spring To Remember

Nicholas Nickleby

Bleak House

The Old Curiosity Shop

Our Mutual Friend

The Master's Indwelling

Pink and White Tyranny

Crime and Punishment

The Secret

Practical Homemaking

The Secret Garden

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Anna Karenina

Sisters

Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife

Somewhere to Belong

Twelve Stories and a Dream

Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America

The Uncommercial Traveller

Master Zacharius

The World Set Free

The Hiding Place

A Drama in the Air

To Kill a Mocking Bird