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The man on the front of this pamphlet is Rene’ Descartes. He was a French mathematician who lived from 1596-1650. Some of the things he said weren’t helpful to humanity. But one of the good and profound things he said was, “I think, therefore I am.”
This phrase helped me to believe something I already knew in my heart but didn’t know how to put into words: I am more than just a body. I am more than just my brain. I cannot be the same thing as my thoughts for I am aware of my thoughts and can even decide what I want to think about. This proves, at least to me, that I am a spirit living inside a body.
But proving to myself that I am a “spirit-inside-of-body” also helped me to believe something else I already knew in my heart: I didn’t create myself…which means that a Spirit greater than me must have. Yes, I began to believe in God.
I read a story in the Bible where a man named Moses met God and asked him what his name was. The reply from God was, “I am.” That reminded me of what Rene’ Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” If this God I was reading about in the Bible were the greater-than-me Spirit that I knew had to exist, then it made sense that His name was “I am.” Before He created any other little spirits, this would be how he would refer to Himself, wouldn’t it? So, I began to believe in the God of the Bible.
I kept reading the Bible and found that God values Himself and the people (little spirits-inside-of-bodies) He made. Because of this, He made rules on how He ought to be respected by the little spirits and how we little spirits ought to treat one another. These are known as The Ten Commandments and you can read them in the Bible’s book of Exodus, Chapter 20, and see them clarified in Matthew, Chapter 5.
I kept reading the Bible and found in the Book of Hebrews, chapter 9, verse 27 that, “Man is destined to die once and after that face judgment.” Our bodies won’t live forever, but our spirits will. After our bodies die, we will stand before God and be judged by His rules. I read that God said that those who had broken even one of his rules would go to a place of everlasting fire called Hell (James 2:10, Matthew 5:22). That concerned me because I haven’t always treated God or my fellow spirits-inside-of-bodies with respect. I haven’t always honored God and I’ve have been unkind to some of my fellow spirits; I’ve lusted after some of their bodies; I’ve even wished that some of them didn’t exist at all. What would I do?
Amazingly, I found in the Bible that God is actually made of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that this second person, the Son, allowed Himself to become a spirit-inside-of-body just like me. He knew that none of us had kept God’s rules perfectly, so He lived a life of keeping those rules perfectly FOR US. Then He died a violent death, shedding His own blood as the punishment for OUR breaking of God’s rules! Now he asks us to do something that only a spirit can do: TRUST in what He has done for us. If we do, He promises we will live forever with Him in Heaven and we will be given new power for us to obey His rules until then. You can read all about this in the Bible’s book of Romans, chapters 3 through 8.
I love you, fellow spirit-inside-of-a-body. I don’t want you to spend eternity in Hell, but rather in Heaven with all those who have put their trust in the Son of God, Jesus. Please read God’s Word, the Bible, and trust in the great “I am” and all that He has done for us.
So sorry it’s been so long since our last post! We’ve gotten back to school and our days are well-structured and busy.
Since we started back to school, we have moved on from the American Revolution to Westward Expansion in our history studies. To start off our new study, we watched Ken Burns’ excellent documentary on Lewis and Clark’s journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. Everyone has decided that this is the best documentary in our DVD library. You know it’s good when Ben and Lillie watch it, transfixed by the story and the scenery. We had to remind them to eat their lunch and watch the movie at the same time.
Maribeth and Emily have started calling the story of Lewis and Clark “The Fellowship of the Ring–America style”, since they think it’s similar to the long, arduous journey described in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But today, Emily and the little ones took Lewis and Clark’s story to a new level–they reenacted it!
Welcome to our new website! We hope that you enjoy your visit to barber-bunch.com!
We decided to have this blog because we wanted a fun way to keep our friends and family up-to-date on what we’re doing. The site is still under construction, so have grace with us and keep a look-out for new posts and additions! Many profuse thanks goes to T.J., who labored over buying web-space and setting us up so that we can blog easily and quickly!
For our first “official” blog post, we thought we would introduce you to the farm and everyone on it, so that you’ll know what we’re talking about . The Lord has blessed our family so much, and we have so much to be thankful for, especially in regards to Sunny Patch Farm. We moved out here four years ago, building a house in the back pasture of 15 acres. Since then, we have had two sweet baby sisters, 70+ chickens, six goats, and three bee hives!
Our chickens live in what Tom calls “The Chicken Hilton”. He, T.J., and Paw-Paw (Kim’s dad) built this magnificent structure in 2008, while forty-one baby chicks were nurtured inside our utility room. This year, Kim incubated thirty-seven eggs and ended up with thirty-five adorable chicks! They are currently staying in the porch of the Chicken Hilton, waiting anxiously for the day when they can join their elders in the yard. Emily and Anna have quickly become chicken experts, and the chickens are always happy to see them.
Our goats—Pepper, Gretel, Maggie, Puppy, Bud, and Temple—were our second addition to Sunny Patch Farm. Pepper and Puppy are experienced milking does. Gretel and Maggie are a year old and will probably be mothers this time next year. Maribeth and Carolyn milk Puppy and Pepper every morning and have recently put Gretel and Maggie on Weight Watcher’s-goat style, due to some excess chubbiness. Bud and Temple…well, Bud and Temple are not strictly pets, they are for our freezer, but we’re just raising them until they’re big enough to be worth eating.
Tom has earned the revered title of “Beekeeper” this year, as he bought three bee hives in April! One hive holds Russian bees, while the other two house Italian bees (Russian and Italian…hmm, they should be very energetic bees!). Kim, Carolyn, Katie, and Ben have enjoyed going out to the bee hives with Tom these past few weeks. With sturdy bee suits that look rather like astronaut suits, they are well-protected from bee stings and enjoy seeing baby bees, honeycomb, and the stately Queen Bee.
Besides these, we have our mischievous Cairn Terrier, Titan, and our two cats, Mr. Tumnus and Aravis. Titan enjoys chasing hawks and goats; Mr. Tumnus and Aravis do their duty by catching rodents and (usually) disposing of them in a clean and proper fashion. We also have our cantakerous ganders, Albert and Sam, who are finally recovering from the untimely death of their female companion, Victoria.
After the unbearably cold winter, we have enjoyed getting outside again and starting an herb garden. Paw-Paw’s garden is also thriving, and we should have peaches, plums, squash, corn, etc.
Lord willing, we will post pictures of all these blessings in the near future! We are also going to share some of our favorite things (remember that song from The Sound of Music?): books, movies, music, recipes, homeschooling curriculums, and ministries that have blessed our family. On the right side of the website, you can also check out some of our favorite links, including T.J.’s website, A113 Podcasting, and Maribeth’s blog, Step By Step.
We have enjoyed making this website, and we hope that you are blessed by it, as well.
To God be the glory!