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Friday, December 23, 2011

Know thy self............Know thy Christ

Socrates was a philosopher and encouraged men to "think."  However, he was a man and fallen.  He formed the foundation for much of psychology today.  If one takes a careful look at psychology, especially at the advertising industry, it is very obvious that man UNDERSTANDS the power of lots and lots of exposure to sell a product or to promote a certain political or religious agenda.  Women are led into the hospitals to birth their babies because they have been "feared" into the fallen nature of man.....However, there are times where hospitals are beneficial as well in the birthing of baby......let us let God lead instead of the flesh.

Do men think that God does not understand psychology??????

Yes men, especially the fallen man, do not think that God understand's the psychology of the mind.

When we look at God's word (the KJV1611) and the entirety of scripture from a chapter by chapter perspective......

How many pages of the bible are dedicated to the creation story?....about 1 and 1/2.  Unfortunately, many men dedicate more time studying creation without God and Christ's salvation in mind and end up setting the stage for evil as a result.

How many pages of the bible are dedicated to the story and life of Joseph (in the Genesis account) ?...about 10, Joseph was beaten and rejected.

How many pages of the bible are dedicated to the story and life of king David? 1sam 16:13-1 king 2:10, and 1 Chronicles 11-29 ...over 40 not including the Psalms and references back to David as the King after God's heart.  David fought the sin nature!!

How many pages of the bible are dedicated to the life of Christ while he was on earth? over 70.  Christ died for sinful men!!!  All the way to victory and into eternity!  Amazing Love how can it be.  That's not even including the writings before he came to earth and the writings after he was here and rose again.

How many pages of the bible are dedicated to the story and life of Laura.  Maybe 1/2 a page in the Genesis account in Chapter 10.....and then on to the church account as Laura decided to obey God's word. And maybe perhaps a few descriptions of the gentiles in the old testament and gospel. The church account consists of about 45 pages.....oh......

How many pages of the bible are dedicated to the story and life of Socrates? Maybe 1/2 a page in the Genesis account in Chapter 10

ok so some conclusions on who God thinks is the most important based on basic mathematical importance and who gets the highest score of importance based on numbers of pages attributed in the Holy Bible.

1st place: Christ, Score=70+
2nd place: Church (Laura as obedient to the Word), Score=45+ pages
3rd place: King David, Score=40+pages
4th place: Joseph, Score=10 pages
5th place: Creation Story, Score=1& 1/2 story
6th place: Socrates=maybe 1/2 a page  I believe Darwin and other corrupted men also fit into this category......

In conclusion......if you KNOW THY CHRIST.......you WILL be well off and saved from the mud of this life. no matter what.  Same applies to me.....Laura

Snow Crystals and God's Creation Story

I have been overly privileged to have been able to study so much science and math at a liberal arts college.  However, God's word still stands stronger than the theories of Man.  Unfortunately I still have to pay off a small portion of my college debts.   "Rom 13:8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."

Here is an interesting question to ask anyone who has "forgotten" God's creation story or who grew up among the weeds of evolutionists and big bang theorists......

On what day in God's creation did God create the snow crystal??

The answer can only come to those who know God's word and understand its authority as well as a little bit of science.

Day three.  A snow crystal can only be formed with the presence of a dust particle as the two Hydrogen atoms cling to one Oxygen Atom.  On day three God separated the waters from the dry land on Day Three so dust was created on day three.  A snow particle requires a "seed" dust particle to form.  Keep in mind.....on day three God also created Life on day three......and Christ rose from the grave after three days......  God created life and non-life on day three.

Gen 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:10  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13  And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Information about how snow is formed

I love to study science.  However, if man does not have the understanding that his behaviors and actions either have good or evil intentions, he will "fall" into bondage and sin without Christ and his word to back up his understanding of God's creation through science.

For further study and truths regarding God's creation check out the Institution of Creation Research

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Woman's Battles and Bondages

Are you a woman in distress and really can't seem to overcome your problems in life (bad relationships, husband not behaving the way you think he should, still single but discouraged etc etc.)

Here are some good reads to help you along the way while on your pathway through this life:
Every Woman's Battle 
A book for woman to develop a stronger relationship with Christ and overcome the grips of Satan

Before you meet Prince Charming
A book for young woman to develop strong relationship with guardians and to improve Character before saying "I Do"  The unsaved and feminist  and/or religious woman will NOT like this book.  But the saved Christian woman will thoroughly enjoy the content of this book.  I even enjoyed it despite the fact that I am married.

Created to be his Helpmete
Very good read.  Some churches who are "religious" in nature and not biblically based may ban this book because of the content in regards to the bed room relationship.  But bondage to sin is real and the only way to stop it is in Christ.

Happy reading.  Hopefully these books will make your life better than it was before.

Of course the best book of all to change your heart and make it pure and bright is the bible 
A great way to study the bible can be found at e-sword.net

If you are struggling in your bondage to sin in the form of gambling, drinking, gluttony, depression and anxiety, self injury, eating disorders, homosexuality, pornography, sexual impurity and more check out

setting captives free

Find that freedom forever in Christ alone!  Sadly many people that attend our local churches are still in bondage in some form or another and only Christ can truly make them free.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Few Suggested Books for a better marriage

I am still here despite the fact that I have not posted in quite some time.....

When you have the time to read, here are some great books that will transform your life for the better especially in your marriage relationship:

Intended for Pleasure 
A Book about medical issues in the bedroom from a Christian perspective.  Very good as it completely eliminates the filth that the world portrays when it comes to this sensitive issue.

Fascinating Womanhood
A book that will help you become a better and more content woman, no matter what the circumstances.

Enjoy great reads

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Chaim Elijah Here on June 20, 2011

Chaim Elijah arrived by home on June 20, 2011.  I've been enjoying the month of recovery and and trying to keep pace with all the work of an addition to the family.  He was a big boy 8 lbs 14 oz.  Pictures coming soon.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Due Date June 15

On June 15 we are expecting baby number 3!

I have been following home prenatal visits this time as well as my health has been good thus far.  I plan to have a home birth this time as well as long as no complications or interruptions arise.

Fibonacci Numbers

Fibonacci numbers and the fingerprint of God Video

A dry tree or a tree full of life

As Christ was being led to the cross, he knew that in the last days, woman would willingly cut off their life supply and prevent children from coming into the world.

Luk 23:28  But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
Luk 23:29  For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
Luk 23:30  Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
Luk 23:31  For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

The Lord truly is the giver of life.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rules for our household.......

 Bryan & Laura Spilde Battlement Guidelines
Deu 22:8  When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.

1.       Use soft and kind words even if you can’t solve a problem.  Kindly ask for help
2.       Find many opportunities to smile and be thankful for others.
3.       Find ways to praise other’s godly character, achievements and accomplishments.
4.       Always use manners and be respectful of others and their belongings
5.       Always do what is right, even when others may not and when no one is looking.
6.       Practice using listening/ empathy skills and understand how others feel.  Allow Holy Spirit to correct those in error along with #24.
7.       Be thankful for how you were created by God.  Find ways to honor him by obeying his word in that regard.
8.       Never mock, tease or put others down.
9.       Never argue, complain or blame others for their behavior.  Pray for them in secret.
10.   Speak to an accountability prayer/partner (spouse or brother/sister).
11.   Do not boss or try to take control of others or try to meddle into their business and privacy for selfish gain.
12.   Clearly communicate how you have been hurt using the word “I” never “you” and stating the problem with kind words and actions.  Along with #9.  Approach anger in a kind manner.
13.   Forgive immediately.
14.   Look for ways to serve others with no thought of self gain.
15.   Think pure thoughts about self and others.  Put no stumbling block before those who are weak.
16.   Put no wicked thing before your eyes. Psa 101:3
17.   Never gossip, tale-bear or listen agreeably to those who speak reproachfully of others.  Only report truthful dangers.
18.   Never raise a hand to hit.
19.   Never raise a foot to kick.
20.   Never raise an object to throw.
21.   Never raise a voice to yell.
22.   Never raise an eye to scowl.
23.   Never use body or objects to harm or injure others in any way (pushing, spitting, bonking etc)
24.   Never lift up nose to think pridefully of self as better than others in any area or subject.
25.   Share toys/objects/activities.  Use or do one activity at a time.
26.   Do your best to keep surroundings neat, clean and organized.  Clean up after your own mess.
27.   Always approach daily tasks in quiet peaceable manner without grumbling or complaining.  Organize and do things orderly.
28.   Never let the sun go down on your wrath.  Don’t go to bed angry or guilty.
29.   Jesus first, other’s second, yourself last.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Montessori basics

Although I do not agree with the way some teachers of Montessori early/preschool have a tendency to infiltrate fictitious evolutionary and feminist principles, I have found that the concepts of a child learning through the use of five senses is really good and can be done in the home.  It is rather simple and if done with a more orderly approach and demonstration initiative, the child will pick up on what is taught and will learn the basic principles.  I especially like the practical life teaching scenarios.  Many of us don't think about how much we must learn to to the daily tasks of life appropriately.  To forget such simple concepts, leads to utter decay in lifestyle.

I have compiled a summary of the basics from a book for teaching Montessori in the preschool years.  Although I don't necessarily think preschool is essential to education, and can be picked up in one day with an older child, it is fun to practice the principles anyway when no other obligations for education are required in the home school curriculum.  Free materials can be found on the internet as well to make cards and such items.

Summary Teaching Montessori preschool in the home

Practical Life Exercises
                        -Opening and Closing Drawers --Teach to open quietly with no noise
                        -Dressing Frames – Teach to open and close garments (buttons buckles, zippers) appropriately
                        -Pouring Rice (then water milk etc) – pour in neat fashion and use sponge if things spill
                        -Dusting – Teach that no dust should remain
                        -Carrying a Chair – Teach to do noiselessly and to avoid bumping people/objects
                        -Folding a Napkin – control and show the various shapes (square, triangle etc), teach neatness
                        -Setting a Table – Explain where each piece goes.  Start with play equipment then do real dishes
                        -Washing Dishes – Teach how to do neatly and orderly
                        -Washing Hands – soap, nailbrush, towel, hand lotion.  Teach complete washing of hands
-Washing a Table – child’s table, rinse bowl, washbowl, sponge, drying cloth.  Dirty then have child clean with no traces of dirt
-Sweeping the Floor – Broom, dustpan, wastebasket.  Teach how to hold eq. appropriately and leave no dust
-Polishing silver…..
-Shining Shoes – Point out when errors are visible
-Lacing a shoe – old shoe or dressing board.  Remove shoe lace and allow to replace lace neatly.
-Lacing a Bow – old shoe or dressing board.   Take shoelace and tie it neatly.
Finger Dexterity Exercises
                        -Bead Stringing – Multicolored beads and strong with knotted end.  Teach to sort colors and put on string
                        -Bottles and Tops – Various lids and bottles. Teach how to put on appropriately and coordinate appropriately
                        -Using a Dropper – Transfer water between two bottles
                        -Cutting – Cut narrow strips, teach to cut over wastebasket
                        -Painting and Coloring – Trace hand/body and fill in, draw shape and keep in line, trace pictures in coloring book
                        -Working with Clay – Allow to create objects etc
                        -Doing Puzzles – Work at child’s pace and increase complication as appropriate
                        -Sewing – Cardboard Sewing cards, burlap sewing figures with wool thread
                        -Nature Study – Allow child to grow own garden, collect insects, rocks etc., fish to care for, animal pictures
                        -Geography – Puzzle map, show where live, teach about clothing and homes in other lands
Early Sensorial Exercises
                        -Three period lesson – large/small, rough/smooth, light/heavy, hard/soft, large/larger/largest, small/smaller/smallest, big/little
                        -Tower – stack building blocks of varying size large on bottom
                        -cylinders and solid insets….
                        -Fabric basket – match pairs of fabric with out  seeing but by touch
                        -thermal bottles – have child order bottles coldest to hottest
                        -button games – place 6 buttons of 4 colors in separate bowls or containers, 6 buttons of 4 different sizes sort
                        -rough and smooth – differentiate
                        -silence game – have child remain silent and listen to sounds around him/her and count the sounds
                        -walking the line – 6 ft yarn placed on ground that child balances and walks upon
                        -weighted order – fill bean bags with various weighted items and bags are all same size, order correctly
                        -mystery bag – fill bag with 8-10 items and ask to identify without viewing
                        -sound bottles – fill bottles with various items, shake and order from loud to soft sounds
                        -color tablets – order colors by shades
                        -scent bottles – match bottles according to scent
                        -geometric shapes – put shapes in correct place on puzzle insert, or cut out with frame, graduated size of shape large to small
Reading and Writing Exercises
                        -Sandpaper letters – allow child to trace letters with index finger and middle finger
                        -Command cards – allow child to follow instructions from a card.  Start instructing and then silent
                        -pictures and sounds – allow child to sort pictures with matching letter.  Ie. B = ball
                        -moveable alphabet – allow child to select letter and spell out picture place in front of him/her
Arithmetic Exercises
                        -number rods – with rods of boxes place a numbered card next to appropriate rod.
                        -spindle box – number boxes (or egg carton) 0-9 and then add appropriate rods or objects
                        -sandpaper numbers – match number of objects with number cards and explain greater/less than
                        -writing numbers – allow child to write number in a squared space in appropriate manner
                        -number progression – make chart 1-100 and have child match appropriate cards. Explain even/odd #’s
                        -measuring exercises – have child measure with measuring cup.  Show how many ¼ go into cup.  Tablespoons in ¼ cup etc.  use rice/beans

Practical Life

finger dext.

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set table





walk line



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sound bot


color tabl


scent bot


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