Saturday, September 17, 2016

Poetry Book

In order to present Box T and the Choices That Made It God's Ranch to the friends of Box T Bible and Saddle Camp, I was forced to learn to self publish. It was actualy kind of fun and really not all that hard, so knowing now what to do, I have also published a book of my poems:

This book includes over 100 poems written between 1993 and the present. Most of them are spiritual poems on Bible themes. The book is available on Amazon where you can also take a look inside and see the table of contents and some of the poems.

The same poems are also available for Kindle:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Box T: God's Ranch

Nearly two years ago I started a memoir of Box T Bible and Saddle Camp. It is now available from Amazon:

The price of the book reflects Amazon's charge for publishing and distributing.
Anyone interested in buying quantities, please contact:
Nita Brainard

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Prayer for Children

I thought myself safe when I posted a short article against the general tendency among some Christians to blame the mother when children rebel. I thought this because I have four grown children, none of whom rebelled. If I do not cast blame, neither can I take credit. The only credit I can take is that I prayed. Amidst many failures, I went to God through my Savior and asked for what I wanted.

The tendency to find fault often gets in the way of prayer. I do not want to discourage anyone from trying to be the perfect parent and the best imaginable example to your kids. Please do. Put all your heart and soul into it --- but in the end you will fail. And so will your spouse. Your only hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ. The best parenting advice I have heard came from a man who had prayed his daughter back from rebellion. He said he had three words for people who asked his advice: 1. Pray. 2. Pray. 3. Pray some more.

Of course this assumes that you have such a standing before God that you can pray. Humbling yourself before him will secure that, regardless of what other failings you have.

~ Nita

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Whose Fault Is It?

Authority and responsibility go hand in hand. This should go without saying. People in the workplace understand this with rarely a question. If you give a person authority to do a thing, he also has the responsibility to make sure it is done well. If he doesn't have authority, neither does he have the same degree of responsibility.

Nonetheless, when it comes to men's and women's roles both the world and the church seem to have lost sight of this basic principle. The world has stripped men of their authority in relationship to women --- and yet generally holds men responsible for all ills. The opposite is true in the church. Christians understand that the man has authority from God --- and yet they blame the woman for everything that goes wrong.

This was brought forcefully to my mind recently when I read an article about why children rebel. It was directed toward women who belittle their husbands. That this is in many cases a real problem, I do not deny. Many of us wives make it very difficult for our husbands to rise and up and be the men that they ought to be. Nonetheless, the man has been made the head of the family by God, and he is the one that God will hold responsible for the direction the family takes.

Whenever there is an unequal yoke, especially in spiritual matters, it will take its toll on the family. No  woman has a right to blame her husband for this. The Scriptural injunction "Quit you like men, be strong," applies to her as well as to him, and she has the responsibility to be faithful in her circumstances, to "see that she reverence her husband," and to walk humbly before God --- whatever her husband may do. 

But if it is wrong for the woman to blame the husband (and it is), it is also wrong --- and even more so --- for the man to blame his wife. It is wrong also for pastors and teachers to give women the impression that all the ills in the family are the fault of their feelings of disappointment. If the man is the head of the family (and he is), he bears the responsibility not only for his children, but for his wife also. She is the weaker vessel, and it is his responsibility to dwell with her according to wisdom. This does not absolve her of her own responsibilities, but it does relieve her of his.

 A printed sermon on the subject of the man's responsibility in marriage can be found here: The Husband Is the Head of the Wife.

~ Nita Brainard

Saturday, January 2, 2016

More Animal Slippers

The little lovers of animal slippers have worn out and lost the bears and bunnies, and they want new ones to fit their growing feet and growing family.

To make new animals, I followed the basic pattern Animal Slippers, but knit them slightly bigger and didn't felt them down as much.

For the lizzards, I used stockinette stitch instead of garter.

I thought the lions would be puppies, but the orange yarn didn't felt, so I cut down the ears and added a mane.

The mice were going to be puppies, too, but they came out of the felting process looking more like mice, so mice they became.

On this set of slippers, I knit the ears on before felting, and they came out smaller than I anticipated.

The frogs are frogs.

It remains to be seen if these slippers are as popular as the originals.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Abusive Churches

There are abusive churches. There are churches whose pastors and leaders are wolves in sheep's clothing. These are men and churches of which the Bible tells us, "Beware of evil workers."

They are real concerns, and it is wise for us to point them out to one another. But what method should we use to determine what is abusive? How do we know whether a church is a good one or one that will hurt us or lead us astray? The answer is and always has been the same: THE WORD OF GOD.
Photo courtesy of Aaron Burden and Unsplash

If the Bible is the Word of God (and it is), and if it is a sufficient guide to the people of God (and it is), then the Bible must be the book by which we determine whom we should follow and whom we should avoid. A well-meaning person with insightful ideas about what constitutes an abusive church may write an interesting article, but if it does not base its points on the Word of God, it should by no means be trusted. 

The Bible, and the Bible alone, is our sole authority for all doctrine and practice. (2 Tim 3:16.) Especially in a day like our own when people have become expert at being offended at anything and everything, we must be careful that any accusation against a church or a church leader is based on abuses that are contrary to the Word of God and not simply displeasing to the carnal mind.

If a person feels hurt or threatened, it may be that a wolf or a dog has accosted them. If a weak brother is offended, it may be that a Christian leader is puffed up with pride, has crossed the bounds of charity, and is harming the people of God. Yet, on the other hand, it is also not uncommon for someone to be offended by a perfectly biblical stand made in love by a man of God. The fact that someone is hurt or offended is not in itself sufficient ground to assume that another party is in error.

It is also possible for a good and godly man to offend someone by his own mistaken notions, by cultural peculiarities, or even by a sin committed in a moment of weakness. These things should not be excused, but they must be dealt with in a biblical manner. We must be careful not to jump to the conclusion that the person who caused the offense is "abusive" and he and/or his church should be shunned.

The Bible tells us many things of which to beware. Let us take heed to the Lord's warnings. If we allow our minds to be renewed by the Word of God, we will not be deceived. Though the world, the flesh, the devil, and the false church all try to abuse us and lead us astray, yet we will cleave to the Lord Jesus and to His word.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Chevron Afghan

It's wedding season again, and I'm behind. Only one done.

I used a pattern for a  chevron baby blanket, but changed the striping pattern to suit my stash of wool, and made it full size.