I Must Decrease

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And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
(John 3:26)
He must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3:30)

The verse above offers a lot of food for thought. It is something to meditate upon and apply in our own lives.

How often we long to increase, to expand, go gain power and authority! And yet, how often do we need to learn to decrease. If we had the humility of John, what a great thing that will be!

John saw his role was to decrease, to pave and prepare the way of Yeshua to come. He was the opposite of the men and women at Babel, who sought to create a monument for themselves, to be praised and exalted for all time.

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
(Genesis 11:4)

And yet, we are to live as “dead” to ourselves but “alive” to God. How powerful, yet how profound!

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20)

 

Womanhood

Where do we learn to be women? That is a topic far from the conversation in Christian circles, especially among the younger girls and women who need it the most. Lady’s devotional materials, Bible studies and prayer groups are usually for the aged – with each passing generation, women’s unique gifts, ministries and callings  are becoming forgotten. In the blur and confusion of the modern day, our churches have taken  on a largely genderless view of faith and living, leaving our young women stranded. Enter any children’s class or youth group – you are unlikely to hear girls being taught about Biblical womanhood or boys being taught about manhood. They are probably taught many important things, but these essential truths are usually not among them. Men and women are treated as the same; gender is forgotten.

Yes, I agree in many things, as our apostle. The call of Jesus, the redeeming work of the cross, the commands of our Messiah – these transcend gender and apply to us all.

The problem is, our genders play such an important, God-given role in our lives. Gender – distinctions in physicality and in function, for example – are found at the very beginning, when God created Adam and Eve. We really musn’t forget them – they play a role in this life, though of course they are not as important in the age to come (and let us not forget that either!).

If girls don’t learn to be godly women from their families and within a faith-filled context, they will fall prey to the world’s designs and sensual, ungodly messages. They will learn what it means to be women from pop stars, celebrities, and other hedonistic role-models. They will probably become sexualised, unwittingly. This crude, lewd form of femininity that focuses on outward appearances and attention-seeking is a far, far, cry from the noble, honourable women of the Bible, whose beauty was inward, whose legacy was eternal, and who were humble, courageous, and devoted to God.

The world will teach our daughters to be beautiful on outside. The world will teach our daughters that relationships are about having fun and experiencing romance, not about sacrificial love and starting a family.  The world will teach our daughters to aspire to be everything but godly wives and mothers, a role that will fall into neglect, or worse, be taken on with little appreciation, care or acknowledgement of it’s sacredness.

Women are born with the ability to create and nurture life, and this cannot be described as a powerful potential. How sad it is, then, that motherhood is valued so little. Girls grow up without realising that they have this potential, and usually, a natural innate desire and aptitude to be mothers.They are not prepared for it, nor taught to anticipate and treasure such a role as an opportunity for divine ministry. However, this does not mean that women who are able to have children are any less women, or that their lives have any less of a purpose. We do believe that God’s design for each is unique and purposeful, and that womanhood is deeper and much more meaningful – it cannot be limited to just “bearing children” and “having a womb”.

Where can girls learn to be women

From the Word of God, written for our instruction and admonishment. Women in the Bible play many significant roles and we can learn a lot from their lives. In fact, this should be the foundation and guideline for constructing a personal understanding of one’s womanhood

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
(1 Corinthians 10:11

2. From mentors. The older women are clearly to be examples to younger women. This starts at home with one’s mother.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
(Titus 2:3-5)

 

3. From other godly women, whose lives and labours (though perhaps unrecognised and hidden)  bear godly fruit. We may listen to them, read about them, and learn from their example from afar off. Corrie Ten Boom and Elisabeth Elliot are examples of women that we can look up to as role models.

We can’t just offer girls “alternatives” to the world, however. Different doesn’t mean better or more spiritual. We need to get back to the Bible and be rooted and built up in God’s Word alone, not men’s words and ideas.

The same is true with “Biblical Manhood”, which should focus on what the Bible focuses on, like listening to God, being a humble servant, being totally surrendered, living as a disciple, taking up one’s cross, being a leader and a shepherd, being responsible and mature, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myths about Raising Homemakers

Growing into a competent and passionate “keeper of the home” is supposed to be a beautiful, empowering, exciting and enjoyable process. It’s not about restrictions but about becoming a person who’s more equipped to live life and be a blessing to others. Homemaking complements the physical/emotional/spiritual role of motherhood very well. Anyone can keep a home but the Christian home is a sacred, divinely-ordained institution in which the mother serves as keeper, guardian or watch-woman.

So, I’d like to discuss what I feel are unhelpful  myths about “raising homemakers”. Sometimes, these things are practiced and become reality, and that is very tragic and destructive.

Myth #1: It means not having a career/skills

No. It means having life-skills and being responsible and independent. Like adulting! It certainly does not mean not learning other skills or getting training and qualifications in useful vocations from which you can derive an income! If “homemaking” is taking away from learning, if it become an excuse not to educate daughters otherwise, something is wrong!

And yet, a good education is holistic. It’s not only about academics, it’s about being prepared for life! I think finances, accounting, repairs – these are all useful skills not traditional considered homemaking skills, but that are essential. We’ve got to move with the times too, and teach what is practical to modern day living.

Myth #2: Boys get to be lazy

Nope. I believe boys should learn to cook, clean, care for babies, etc. and that girls should learn to other things like fix computers, etc. The difference would be, I think, that I would teach girls the enjoyable and artistic side, the detailed and well thought-out side of homemaking more. Women are supposed to be more detailed, I guess. They have to learn to take the lead and initiative in these matters. Boys can just do what their told, and do it well and efficiently- they’d help out but they wouldn’t be the primary managers of the home.

Myth #3:It means not learning/doing anything else

Absolutely not! Even if in an “ideal world” a woman could stay home with the kids, girls need to be prepared for reality, not a fantasy world. Maybe a woman doesn’t have kids. Maybe she’s not even married. Maybe she needs to work. Maybe she’s a single mother, or a widow. Maybe her husband is incapacitated. Maybe her husband’s income is insufficient. Is she supposed to do nothing because women are for some reason not supposed to earn money or be the primary wage-earner? That’s ridiculous. In the old days, men worked the fields for food. Does that mean women aren’t supposed to do gardening/farming or animal husbandry? Obviously not, even the women in the Bible tended crops and raised animals.

Myth #4: It’s repressive

We’re not going to evolve out of eating, drinking, wearing clothes and making babies. Somebody’s got to take responsibility for it, maybe even make an art of the process. Instead of dreading it and hating it, why can’t we thrive in the role of homemakers and enjoy it? Why can’t we serve God through homemaking, by being faithful in “little things”?

If a girl told me, “I’ll never do the dishes, that’s sexist and repressive”, I’d ask her if she wants to eat from dirty dishes, or fill up landfills with plastic/Styrofoam waste, or waste money on expensive biodegradable products (well, once is awhile is fine). What needs to be done needs to be done. Plus, it’s so easy nowadays if you have a dishwasher!

Myth #5: It makes women weak

Weak, as in physically weak? No. Inferior? No. Financially dependent? No. I believe in raising girls to be bold, intelligent, virtuous, strong, moral, tough, positive, resilient, compassionate, capable, independent and so forth. Not afraid to speak up for herself, nor afraid to speak up for someone else. I’d teach my daughters to look for men who would honour and respect, not bully, intimidate, abuse or manipulate them.

Myth #6: It takes forever/is endless

No. It doesn’t take years and years! It’s not full-time nor does it really need to extend beyond high school, in my opinion. There is a basic difference between training a daughter to be a future keeper of her home and using her to keep your home for you. The difference is that all she needs to do is pull her weight around the home (same as everyone), master all the different skills, and be able to take leadership. This means she will be doing lots of new, different things and applying herself to new challenges, not repeating endless chores and drudgery. The responsible of the home is on the mother and she can delegate that responsible only partially and to a limited extend. Ideally, a mother serves as the mother and takes responsibility for whatever babies she has birthed. It’s all too easy for older daughters to be taken advantage  of and happens all too often!

A Study in Hospitality

There’s something about hospitality that I love so much. Maybe it’s because I love to cook, I love to have people around (even though, *sigh*, there will be the inevitable stack of dishes afterwards). But it’s worth it, so worth it.

A study of hospitality in the Bible uncovered some FASCINATING truths, and I say truly fascinating. The word “hospitality” is philonexus, which comes from philoxenus, which comes from philos and xenos. Philos means love, xenos means strangers. Hospitality literally means love of strangers and it’s the exact and total opposite of xenophobia, which is to hate people who are different.

It’s important to different between what is Christian and unchristian. Xenophobia is unchristian, welcoming people who are different with open arms is Christian, or better yet, Christ-like. The love of money, greed, corruption and bribery is unchristian, but generosity and simplicity is Christ-like. Anger and violence is unchristian, gentleness, love and kindness is Christian. Being mean-spirited and revengeful is the opposite of being forgiving and turning the other cheek. Being wise is the opposite of being foolish. The list goes on and on, and we need to be able to recognize godly values and attitudes and distinguish them from ungodly values and attitudes! Furthermore, Christians shouldn’t be known for being arrogant, for pushing our weight around, for being violent and defensive, etc. I just wish that we could represent Christ, and live “quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence”. Can we be known for having Christ’s love, for being sacrificial and giving?

Discovering the meaning of the word “hospitality” was a lightbulb moment for me. Nowhere in the Bible are we taught to hate or fear people who are different from us, but, instead, we are taught to love. Not in feeling, not in word, but in action –  by being hospitable, by welcoming people with open arms. We are also called to be hospitable with one another, with our brethren.

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

(James 2:14-17)

 

 

Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

(Luke 14:12-14)

 

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

(Matthew 25:35)

 

Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

(3 John 1:5-6)

 

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

(1 Timothy 3:2)

 

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

(Titus 1:7-8)

 

 

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

(1 Peter 4:8-10)

 

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

(Hebrews 13:1-3)

 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

(Romans 12:10-14)

 

 

In His Likeness

As His disciples, we…

Served as He served,
Give as He gave,
Forsake as He forsook.
Trust as He trusted,
Fast as He fasted
Obey as He obeyed,
Proclaim as He proclaimed,
Overcome as He overcame,
Walk as He walked,
Preach as He preached,
Teach as He taught,
Free as He freed,
Weep as He wept,
See as He sees,
Love as He loves,
Heal as He heals,
Pray as He prays,
Bless as He blesses,
Forgive as He forgives,
Live as He lives.

Lessons in Generosity

Let brotherly love continue.
(Hebrews 13:1)

I believe, in the last few weeks, the Lord has been teaching me to be generous, reminding me that blessings and abundance allow us the privilege of sharing.

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Sometimes, I feel like being generous means you’re open to being taken advantage of. Especially if you give and share, and, at the back of your mind, you take notice that people never seem to return your “generosity”, and you start to get calculative… And grumble. And tell God you think you’re being taken advantage of. And then when the opportunity arises again to share with someone you’re just a tad bit reluctant on the inside, even if you don’t show it on the outside.

And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
(Luke 6:34-35)

Then, of course, when you get to know people better you start to see  more of what God sees (that you don’t see). And then you realise why you were led to share with them in the first place!

I’ve started to see more than people, people who on the outside seem just like me – normal, happy, well-adjusted, prosperous… When you get to know people, you find that they have needs that you can meet and areas you can bless them, whether in term of physical health, emotional health, physical poverty or lack… or just a need for help. Not that I can do much except be a friend, share what I can, listen to people…

There’s a joy that comes from living a generous life, and that’s what the Lord is teaching me. I feel like He’s saying that “I’ve blessed you, I want you to live selflessly and bless others”. Not in a way that makes me look good, of course! Not to boost my self-esteem or whatever.

Amazingly, He has shown Himself to be my provider. While I’ve chosen to live frugally and to stretch my pennies, He’s just abundantly provided for me in more ways than I can describe, one amazing gift after the other… more than I could create for myself or achieve through my own “cunning”. And it feels so overwhelming.

So miraculous is this that I want to throw my hands towards heaven and say, “God, I want to live like this. I want to give and live sacrificially, to be a “man for others” like Jesus was”. Of course, once I’ve said this, He’s probably going to test me and challenge me in ways less convenient.

Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
(Luke 14:12-14)

Consecrated Living

 

Youtube recently recommended loads of videos about “discerning my calling/vocation” because of my watch history. Naturally curious, I watched many of them and was touched. The lives of the Catholic sisters who live to love Jesus and serve others presents an honest challenge to my own life. Am I adoring Jesus and worshiping at His feet? Am I earnestly praying? Am I truly serving others with humility and steadfastness?

These videos are seriously tempting me! Or at least tantalizing me with ways the life of discipleship is lived out. I’m really encouraged, though I’ll take take up a habit or make the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

My conviction is this: to live the life of following Jesus radically. This means poverty. This means chastity to some extent (as the fixation of my life onto one goal, that is Him). That means obedience.

The call of discipleship is the call to the cross. We hear the one who makes the call, Jesus, and supernaturally encounter Him in our lives. He transforms us, changes us, gives us a new life so that henceforth we are not longer the same. We are no longer our own, but His. And He makes us His disciples – calling us, ordaining us, consecrating us for His divine use.

Each of us is called to live in the world, and yet not to be of it. We are called instead to go into the world, every crevice and corner of it where there are souls and to proclaim the gospel with confidence, teaching all nations, baptizing and discipling them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

And each of us to called to be part of the Christian community, to love one another as He has loved us, knit us together as a household or a family. People from polar-opposite backgrounds – we show the world what unity and peace means.

The three biggest imperatives commanded by Jesus are the love of God, the love of our brethren, and the love of our neighbor. These loves do not come from us. They are similar to contemplative life, community living, and active service, aren’t they?

 

Christian Justice and Ethics

God earnestly cares about each of His children. Rich or poor, we are His creation.

In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
(Isaiah 63:9)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
(Isaiah 53:4)

There is so much going in the world today that pains and angers God. When we looks at us, our world, and our nations, what does He see? Does He see righteousness?

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
(Psalms 7:9-11)

For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
(Isaiah 61:8)

God sees injustice. If we are unjustly treated, He sees, He knows, and He feels it. How comforting is that thought! Even if we think we are all alone, we truly are not!

Today, in the world, for example, millions of destitute laborers live in insufferable conditions, caused by the wickedness of greedy men. Many are enslaved, many are not paid fairly, and a great many people are not being treated with basic human dignity. I know that foreign workers in many bustling, growing cities die every day from dangerous work conditions, and those that risk their lives earn a bare pittance. Plus, they endure great physical hardship, suffering and abuse. God. Hates. This.

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.

Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.

Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
(James 5:1-8)

I love the book of James because its clarity and directness – it speaks to us on the simplest and most relevant of matters that are of importance to God. One of these is the fact that the rich in this world grow fat at the expense of those who labour and earn nothing. This is a sad fact of human greed.

And yet we have a greater promise – those who are deprived of their portion in this life can look to a better, brighter, and glorious future in the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

However, it is expedient that we are Christians live ethically, that we do not profit off the work of others and that we do not abuse the helpless and defenceless.  Even if we *think* we can get away with it because some people have no advocate, God is the ultimate judge and we need a healthy dose of the “fear of the Lord” that inspires wisdom.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Micah 6:8)

This is something that we need to be preaching and living out as Christians. We need to do our part, and our churches need to be preaching this message.

 

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Micah 6:8)

For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
(1 Corinthians 9:9)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(Luke 4:18-19)

This is not just a commandment: it is the core of our testimony before the world.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
(John 13:35)

 

Who do we love? Our neighbour.

Who is our neighbour?

 

 

Homesteading for Beginners

Screenshot (13)Simple, do-it-yourself living skills are something that I feel is wise for a young lady to learn, and a worthy pursuit. The Bible speaks often of working with our hands as well as being diligent and resourceful. A plain, back-to-basics lifestyle can be one that is compatible with that of a disciple, especially since our increasingly wealth-obsessed and commercial world presents many temptations and dangers for Christians to stray from the narrow path.

As a long-time member of the online community, the Homestead Community Pos run by Mark and Erin Harrison, I have gotten to know them through the internet as well as learn from their homesteading DVDs. I always felt even through the long physical distance, that Mr. and Mrs. Harrison were incredibly sincere and committed believers with a great deal of wisdom, honesty, and down-to-earth humility. They choose to share simple joys, like their yearly garden harvests, on the internet, to encourage other fathers, mothers, families, Christians and homesteaders.

Recently, they started sharing their videos freely on Youtube, providing a marvelous resource to families interested in developing homestead skills. I am thoroughly enjoying each installment. Do check out Mrs. Harrison’s blog, Keeper of the Homestead, as well.

 

 

 

Wonderful Internet Resources

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When I was a little girl of 10, the internet was just a boring, dial-up connection computer-thingy with maybe a couple of lemonade stand games, nothing more! How things have changed!

Over the years, the internet has proved to be useful time and time again. Yes, there are dangers! We must learn to protect our privacy and stay safe on the internet, but my personal experience has been that if you don’t go looking for trouble, you won’t fall into it! And if do you run across something unseemly now and again, you probably have the strength and virtue not to be tempted and affected.

Temptations don’t come from “without”, they come from “within”. That’s why Jesus was tempted on all points, and yet did not succumb. That is why if you offer illegal drugs to most people, they probably won’t even bother to touch it!

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
(James 1:12-15)

If you know you have issues and temptations, don’t hide or ignore them, but earnestly pursue righteousness and godliness, and God will work in you to change your heart. The advice of spiritual leaders and mentors is of great help in these instances.

Some people used the internet to indulge in and share perversions, many of which are illegal. I feel that that does not mean that the internet is a bad place. Like books, they can have good and bad material, but I find that if we are committed to doing what’s right, pursuing what is lovely, pure and worthy, and if we put our trust in our Father in heaven rather than operate out of fear/intimidation, He will protect and shield us!

I feel it’s important that as young ladies, we learn how to use the internet rightly, as it can be beneficial for us in the long run!

The great thing about the internet is that it saves us money. Instead of spending a lot of money buying books, I can access a lot of information for free, download many wonderful, classic e-books, purchase new e-books for discounted prices and order books with free shipping! We can find all sorts of discounts on the internet – I once shaved more than 60% off the price of a Microsoft Office subscription package for the whole family!

So many things are given freely. Project Gutenberg and Archive.org are great websites for looking for classic books that are both edifying and encouraging. Sermon Index offers a great many resources, audio sermons and articles. There are many Christian websites, blogs, groups, email lists, and so forth. You can access any worship song or hymn with a simple google search, rather than having to buy hymnals and chorus books.

Scripture study websites abound – no need to buy heavy Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, when Bible Hub, Youversion, and Blue Letter Bible.

Free programs like OpenOffice, Audacity, Musescore and E-Sword allow us to save money we would otherwise spend on expensive software!

There is so much to learn – youtube videos, pinterest posts, blogs, and websites offer so much in terms of learning useful skills – I learned new languages, how to bake, how to sew, and how to make soap from the internet, again saving money I would have otherwise spent on classes, patterns books, recipes, manuals, etc.

There are many things that can waste our time – the problem in these cases again is not with the internet, but with our habits and self-discipline skills. We need to know ourselves and learn to manage our time wisely!

The internet is used my many just as a place to rant about their feelings, keep up with the latest trends, be entertained and play games… however, if we are truly wise stewards, we would know how to use it achieve so much, learn so much, and maybe even minister to and serve others.