Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kids' Sweaters

Most of my knitting is packed up and given away before I get around to posting a picture, but recently a couple of sweaters returned to me in a most delightful package.


These are variations on Lillie's Little Sweater by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations, a nice, basic sweater, not nearly as cute as the grandkids, but a fun project and a wearable product.

New Desk

This isn't just a new desk, it is an expression of love from a talented son. It fits perfectly in a little corner of my dining room. No excuses now for not making posts.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Courtship

The following extracts from the autobiography of Dan Smith gives us an historical glimpse of what Christian courtship was like prior to World War II:

A broken romance nearly shattered me. Edith was the wholesome and most beautiful daughter of a Methodist minister, the Rev. George Growcott. . . .
Mr. Growcott's rules concerning his daughter were very strict. The door closed on me at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Only once did I fail to deliver the goods and that when Edith slipped and sprained her ankle. But I was really no romantic with the girls. I was so reserved that it took me many a day before I summoned up courage to kiss her. That was quite an accomplishment because, up to that point of time, I could not remember ever having kissed my mother. I did so later - once - when I left home for China. We Scottish are so undemonstrative, however, that it was a kind of embarrassment both to mother and me.

My romance suddenly came to an end. I was always preaching and Edith was always waiting. One Saturday night  with three appointments on the Sunday, we were walking in the country and, feeling that I was not paying her due attention, Edith stopped, thinking to jolt me to an awareness of her presence. But I was so immersed in thought for messages that I walked three miles to Leven village before realizing she was not with me. That did it! She went off to London to train as a nurse and found a more attentive suitor, But the loss of Edith hurt, and I determined never to have another love.
~ "Pilgrim of the Heavenly Way" Daniel Smith pp.41-42

Poor Dan would have done well to have had a chaperone like many proponents of modern courtship doctrines require. Perhaps the chaperone would have brought his attention to the fact that he had neglected his girl. No harm, however, since Dan was later married in a fashion which some proponents of the courtship doctrines may applaud. Knowing nothing but her name and the fact that she was a missionary on the opposite side of his disctrict in China, he became convinced that Catherine would be his wife. Three days after meeting her, he proposed. They would have been married immediately, but the China Inland Mission (with whom they both worked) recommended that he take the vacation the mission had planned for him before marrying. Three days and a thirty-one page letter that he wrote while on vacation were the extent of the courtship. With the vacation just taken, there was no time for a honeymoon. Thus, the two married barely knowing one another. Despite forty years of faithful service together in the Lord's work, I dare say very few even of the most hardy adherents of "courtship" would recommend closely following this example. The biography, however, is well worth reading, spiritual in content and full of interesting stories. His faith, worthy of following.
 
Pilgrim front cover

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Feelings

There is a beautiful, heartwarming story going around Facebook about a woman who asked her husband to carry her down the stairs every day for a month before she would consent to a divorce. The man agreed, and in the process of spending these few minutes a day with his wife, he discovered a renewed love for her. It is a moving story, and if true, it is the story of a very wise woman who had an almost super-human ability to control her passions. Nonetheless, the story, when considered closely, in efffect supports the false idea that romantic feelings are necessary for a couple to stay married. What if the husband had found carrying his wife to be a daily chore uneased by the feelings of love that lighten every burden? Would he then have been justified in carrying out his plan for divorce?

Emotions are given too high a priority in almost every sphere of modern life. I have nothing agaist emotions, and I think past generations have sometimes given them less emphasis than they deserve. God intends us to have feelings and to enjoy them, and they most certainly have their place. Nonetheless, feelings should never be allowed to become our rule of faith and practice. Our feelings should be consulted and heavily weighed when we are deciding whom to marry (a matter which God has left open to our own choice), but they should not be consulted at all when we are determining whether or not to stay married. On that subject God has spoken, and His Word alone should be consulted.


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.




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