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Have You Ever Lost A "Co-Rememberer?"
I spent the last few days of my sister Nancy's life with her this past month. We were such different personalities but always in each other's corner! I was with her a few days ago when her spirit left her body and I can honestly say that it has been one of the hardest month's of my life.
I have wondered since then why this seemed even harder than when our parents died. Right now, I think it's because we went through those sad times together, and I know that will never be the case when my heart hurts again. I do believe now that sharing grief does make it more bearable.
After Nancy died, I received a card from a sweet sister in Christ and I want to share what she wrote. I think every one of us can relate to it in some way. Maybe it will touch your heart as it has mine and help you to understand a little more completely your own grief over the loss of a loved one.
"Thinking of you as you say goodbye to your sweet Nancy. I, too, have lost my sister -- suddenly, unexpectedly and it is a loss that carries a deep hurt.
As one book put it, with both parents gone, I have lost my "co-rememberer" -- the one with whom I shared so much which was unique to the two of us.
In "City of Girls" Elizabeth Gilbert writes, "This is what I've found as I've gotten older: you start to lose people. It's not that there is ever a shortage of people -- Oh, heavens no. It is merely that, as the years pass, there comes to be a terrible shortage of YOUR people. The ones you loved. The ones who knew the people you both loved. The ones who knew your whole history. Those people start to be plucked away by death and they are awfully hard to replace . . . "
And then this sweet sister writes, "Praying that He guides you in that gentle journey."
Thank you Teddy Copeland. You blessed my life with your precious card. And yes, I will hold on to His comfort and peace as I make this journey in this life, while so looking forward to the next!
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What Will You Do When Teachers and Trans Activists Try to Force Your Children to Violate Their Conscience?
By: Amy Haywood
One of the most memorable scenes in “The Silver Chair” by C.S. Lewis occurs when a protagonist, Puddleglum, breaks free of a witch’s enchantment by stepping on a hot coal. Though painful, the burn clears his head of the witch’s spell of deception and reminds him of what is real.
Now is the time for parents to remind their children of what is real, and what is deception.
With the passage of the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and the confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine—who endorses hormonal and surgical interventions on children to treat gender dysphoria—to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services, children today are growing up in an atmosphere where what’s false is called true and what’s true is called false.
Not only do parents need to teach their children what is true and false, but they need to equip them with the tools they need to protect themselves from those who would violate their conscience.
One of the most egregious arenas where children’s civil liberties are being violated is in our nation’s public schools. Many schools in California are already implementing policies to enforce speech codes, which are in line with guidance from the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association.
Schools are also urging students to keep social transitions to another gender secret from parents and are directed by policies pushed by activists and the National Education Association to hide changed names and pronouns on official school documents that an unsupportive parent might see.
A question posed to parents in the 50,000-member strong Facebook group Informed Parents of California revealed that teachers are already directing students in middle schools and high schools to introduce themselves along with their preferred pronouns.
This exercise is an effort to force children to comply with the ideology that says gender is not binary—rather it is on a spectrum and is determined by feelings instead of biology.
Some parents from the Informed Parents of California group said they have dealt with this totalitarian requirement by contacting school administrations and moving their children to other classrooms. Others have opted out of public education entirely, some have moved out of the state of California, while others have encouraged their children to fight back and not comply.
Even though we know schools nationwide are passing sexual orientation and gender identity policies, it’s often on an ad hoc basis—unless state law supports the policies, as in California and Virginia.
The passage of the Equality Act, however, would pave the way for these types of policies to be forced on all public K-12 schools nationwide, with the backing and enforcement of the federal government—it will supersede state laws on related matters. State laws that prohibit boys from competing against girls in sports, for example, will be rendered powerless.
Given this situation, it would be wise for parents to formulate a plan to anticipate these scenarios with their children before they are caught by an activist teacher or school. Some good questions to think about with your children are:
- What will you say if a teacher asks you to introduce yourself with preferred pronouns?
- What will you/we do if a teacher punishes you for using “non-inclusive” language in a writing assignment?
- What will you/we do if you are penalized for “mis-gendering” another child?
- What will you do when the only correct answer on a test forces you to choose that sex “is assigned at birth” by a doctor—rather than determined by chromosomes at conception?
Talk with your children about the facts surrounding the gender identity debate. If you receive some pushback, maybe you will take your concerns to court and work your way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, but in the meantime, give your children the tools they need so they can know the difference between truthtellers and gaslighters.
Game out (role play) any scenario you can anticipate that they might encounter at school, at the climbing gym, at soccer practice, and even at church that would cause them to violate their conscience.
You may not have control over how Congress votes or what President Joe Biden signs into law (as he promised he would do with the Equality Act in his first 100 days), but you are still the most influential person in your children’s lives.
Use that leverage while you still can to ensure that the biggest influence on your child’s values and development is you, not an increasingly ideological education system.
- Reference: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/04/09/what-will-you-do-when-teachers-and-trans-activists-try-to-force-your-children-to-violate-their-conscience/
God gave parents the responsibility of educating their children in the commandments of His Word. He tells us to "Train up a child in the way he should go . . . "
We need to have our toolboxes full of ways to help prepare our children for the world they will be living "in" but not "of."
As much as we wanted to shield our boys from the world, Stan and I knew it was better for them to know what was in the world and be as prepared as they could to answer for their faith and beliefs. We hope the article above gives you just another tool for your toolbox in raising children of faith.
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This year the 2nd Annual Brotherhood-Wide Door Knocking Day is October 2nd!!
Now is the time to begin letting your elders and ministers know that you would like to be a part of this effort to reach lost souls and begin planning.
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"A knock can change everything."
NEW: BOOK CORNER
This new book "The Girl for My Son" is written for young ladies who will likely get married and is written from the perspective of the mother-of-the-groom.
Cynthia states, "Develop the confidence of living the best possible life and being a spiritual beauty. It will not be easy, since the focus of most girls is not on inner beauty. And most guys are not gawking at the girls who have heavenly attitudes, but the ones who are pretty by the world's standards."
"The choices that our young ladies are making now will determine their happiness and fulfillment for now and for eternity!" Sheila Butt
This is the beginning of a "BOOK CORNER" to be featured in each Newsletter. We would be happy for you to send a picture and review of a great book you have read. We will read the book and feature your review if it is something that will help all of us grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and in love for The Lord and for each other. We look forward to reading and featuring the books each month!
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