Adorning Synonymous With World?

My adventures in 1 Peter are yielding some incredible insights and some interesting questions. In particular, I have been perplexed and intrigued by a passage in chapter three that hitherto, I had heard so much teaching on I pretty much figured I would speed read it. I used to think of it as “The Anti-Vanity Scripture Passage For Women”. Not anymore.

[3] Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear– [4] but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV)

My fascination with this verse first began with the word precious. Peter, like myself and many others that I know, uses certain words repeatedly, and precious is one of them. He uses it to describe the tested genuineness of our faith (1:7), the blood of Christ (1:19), a living stone rejected by men [Jesus Christ] (2:4), a cornerstone [Jesus Christ](2:6), and finally, the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit (3:4). I was a little wowed by that. So it prompted me to dig a little deeper into the first part of the verse. In particular, the word adorning.

It is the greek word κόσμος (kosmos) and what is interesting at first glance, is that it is not a verb, as the English translation would suggest, it is actually a masculine noun. That is significant. Second, and more mind blowing, this word is used 186 times in the New Testament and it is only translated once as adorning/adornment. And the break down of the other ways in which it is translated is incredible, world (184) and world’s (1). Yep, it’s the word from which we get our English word cosmos.

Why? There is a world of difference between the words adornment and world. It’s huge. And I am pretty sure that Peter didn’t make a slip of the pen, really meaning to write frou-frou.

What are the implications of this? At this point I am still studying the source text and haven’t delved the riches of any commentaries, but viewing the different translations and seeing the implications that they draw and, really, how those same implications can’t possibly fit with the word kosmos, I am fascinated, to say the least.


1Pe 3:3

(ASV)  Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;

(CEV)  Don’t depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful.

(Darby)  whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel;

(ESV)  Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear–

(GNB)  You should not use outward aids to make yourselves beautiful, such as the way you fix your hair, or the jewelry you put on, or the dresses you wear.

(KJV)  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

(MKJV)  Of whom let not be the adorning of garments, or outward braiding of hair and wearing of gold, or of putting on clothing,

(NAS77)  And let not your adornment be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;

(NASB)  Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;

(YLT)  whose adorning–let it not be that which is outward, of plaiting of hair, and of putting around of things of gold, or of putting on of garments,



The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Contentment is not merely one act, just a flash in a good mood. You may find men and women who, if they are in a good mood, will be very quiet. But this will not hold. It is not a constant course. It is not the constant tenor of their spirits to be holy and gracious under affliction. Now I say that contentment is a quiet frame of spirit and by that I mean that you should find men and women in a good mood not only at this time or that, but as the constant tenor and temper of their hearts. A Christian who, in constant tenor and temper of his heart, can carry himself quietly with constancy has learned this lesson of contentment. Otherwise his Christianity is worth nothing, for no one, however furious in his discontent, will not be quiet when he is in a good mood.

~Jeremiah Burroughs The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (published in 1648)


I was looking at my cache of posts and decided to count all of the drafts. When it looked like it would approach 50, I gave up. I cannot tell you how many times I sit down to write and one of several things happens:

1. Boy Number 2 runs out of his room and growls in an attempt to scary me, thereby alerting me to the fact that he is awake, which means that all my attention is due him.

Sidenote: My younger two are suffering from attachment issues. They are SO clinging and demanding. And there is simply no reason for it. I am working on training them to play by themselves, but it’s a long process that, frankly, looks impossible. Anywhere I am, they want to be. Our living space is about 800 square feet and it is driving me bonkers that they both want my 3 feet of space, all. the. time.

2. I look at the time and realize that I better get in gear and do what really needs to get done. And let’s face it, for a homeschool mom of four, blogging is not always a necessity.

3. I re-read something that I have written and think that it would probably do for inducing sleep.

4. I re-read something I have written and think how much hot water it could potentially get me into.

I would say that number 4 is usually the winner. I am so bad at being nice. I see or hear of something done that is totally contrary to biblical principals and suddenly my brain is going a million miles an hour, composing a ranting post. And I think…”is this the way to go about dealing with this?” Am I setting myself up as an authority? Ugh and double ugh. So I have decided to fall back on the biblical mandate for this and all things in my life, that is my husband’s view in this matter. Guess what? He actually does not mind if I express my thoughts on things controversial. (*most of the time*. There have actually been times when he has asked me not to blog about something, and I didn’t)

Then, I read Dan’s post on blogging. Loved it. I am a writer and have been from the time I was about 9. I remember being in 4th grade and I wrote a serial story that my teacher would have me read to the class every week. When I was in 6th grade it was my grand goal to become a journalist. Then in the 9th grade is was my grand goal to become a political journalist. Yup, I love to write. Almost as much as I love to read. And I need to get back to both of those activities.

Although I don’t have a ton of time for actually sitting down to read, I have been listening to a great many audio books. This would be thanks to my walkman. I love that thing! I can download books that I checkout from out regional library site which offers a ton of audio books. I am currently listening to a series by Anthony Trollope. He is such a fascinating author, and particularly in this series as he deals with the church of England and what a disaster it was. Really a political system with no true religion involved.

In some ways, I feel that is what the American “church” has become. Only instead of our goal being to offer jobs (“livings”) to men of rank, it sees it’s job as to make everyone feel really, really good about themselves. To tickle that emotional side that we all have with creative illustrations or moving stories. We had one pastor that we could always tell was approaching the end of his sermon when he whipped out the tear jerker story. Really.

Emotional wrangling is seen as virtuous. If you can get a crowd worked up, then you are the bomb. (This, by the way, is a phrase that drives my 10 year old nuts. We have studied both World Wars and he simply cannot accept that word as a good thing.) We want to present God as someone/something “cool”. Do you want to be part of the hip crowd? Get saved and you can be popular! That’s right. Tons of friends, while feeling like The Fonz. Without all the women, of course. I am so tired of preachers/lay people trying to convince people that being a Christian is cool. Seriously, you have got to be kidding me. When I ponder as to why they do this, I come to the conclusion that they must have been part of the nerdy group back in high school and want to have that feeling of being part of the “in” crowd. Lame, with a capital L.

See? I told you I wrote stuff that would get me in trouble. And I haven’t even touched the subject that has been dancing around in my brain for weeks. That would be the way that we over estimate our importance in God’s plans being accomplished. I heard that same pastor that I mentioned above say that it grieved him to think of the hundreds, maybe thousands of people that would be in hell because that he failed to witness to them.


Yeah. That’s right, your salvation isn’t dependent on anything you do, but the salvation of others? Totally up to your obedience and willingness to share the Four Spiritual Laws in five minutes in the Washington Dulles International Airport. While we are at it, let’s go ahead and change the words of that beloved hymn:

Without me, He could do nothing
Without me, He’s surely fail

Absurd, right? And yet, how many Christians live their life with the emphasis of “sharing their faith” instead of the true biblical mandate, that is our sanctification. Being transformed into His image.

Taking on God’s responsibilities is not only arrogant, it’s a joy killer. It saps your energy and drains you dry. Suddenly your importance is this universe is so huge, that one misstep by you and it’s Armageddon. And let’s be honest, we have numerous missteps in even one hour. Yikes!

You are not God. I am not God.

There is only one God. He is omnipotent, omniscient, holy and righteous. He alone is capable of accomplishing what He has planned. He doesn’t need you. He doesn’t need me. His will, will be accomplished no matter what. That does not incline me to lazy. No way! Rather, it makes obedience to His Word a joyful thing! That He would allow me to be part of His plan? Wow. and Wow again.

Isaiah 46:10-11

10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.

I am so incredibly thankful that I am not God. I praise Him. My God and my salvation. Who loved me while I was yet a sinner. Yes, indeed.


And miles to go before I sleep…

So it’s been two weeks since my last real post and they have been busy ones. Since our Christmas break was extended significantly due to a psycho cold, we have spent the last week condensing two weeks of school material into one week. Doable, but tiring. My brain is absolutely full to the brim with thoughts, too many to adequately sift through and create coherent posts for each one, which means…bullet points!

  • I am completely amazed and in awe of God’s creation. Studying the human body (Core 5 Science) and God’s creation (Firm Foundations), has left almost speechless. How clearly He has displayed His power through what He has created.
  • I am almost positively convinced that every year about this time, I should set aside 3-4 weeks to withdraw from everything, except church activities and my son’s baseball games, to focus on getting my house in order. OK, I am hopeful that they first year would be the only year that it would need to be that much time, but I don’t know. When my house is cluttered (which it is now!!) it is difficult to keep clean. And when the house isn’t clean, it is so annoying to have to leave it and do other necessary things.
  • There is truly a difference in rigidly structuring my home and flexibly structuring my home. Remember these pictures:

Yeah. Um…

And the other one is rolled up on a shelf in the basement. They were both way to rigid. We now use a simple list of things that are essential and must be completed each day. As they are completed, they are crossed off. It has worked much better than the time block schedules.

  • Consistent, measurable growth in my spiritual walk, only comes as I consistently spend time in the Word. Period. And no, I don’t mean that it produces measurable changes that I can mark daily, but I think that yearly is a good way to “take stock”. Spiritual growth without the Word is i.m.p.o.s.s.i.b.l.e.
  • Time is too precious to waste on dumb things. And there are a ton of things that fall into that category. One that readily springs to my mind is any amount of worry over something that I cannot change. As with everything (and I am *not* happy or pleased to say this), my first reaction to worry/anxiety is the same as it is with every other negative emotion, anger. And that benefits no one. Not me, not my husband, not my kids, not my friends. So I am making the concerted effort to quell those anxious feelings and simply let it go. I can’t change it anyway.
  • Whenever I am faced with the certainty that something is not permanent, I have begun to notice that I try to separate myself from it. For instance, I recently confided to a friend who was thinking about moving, that when I had found that out I could tell that I started to distance myself from her. Of course, I realize that I do that because I hate dealing with the emotional pain of separation. Doesn’t everybody? But I have also noticed that one way this manifests itself in my life, is that I am constantly “talking down” the stages that my kids go through. Case in point, toddlerhood. Instead on cherishing the wonderful things about this stage, and loudly proclaiming that Boy Number 2 is positively charming and his antics are 99.9% endearing, I choose to verbally focusing on the difficult aspects of this stage. I see that I do this in hopes that leaving this wonderful time of life will be less painful. It won’t and intend to stop this stupid behavior.
  • Some of my thoughts and ponderings would positively shock people. Not in a sinful way, but in a way that is not Christian culturally acceptable.

That’s enough for now. 🙂 We received our Sonlight order yesterday and so now I am adding to my long list of things, gearing up for our next school year. Good thing I love planning!


I love this poem. The last stanza wanders through my thoughts frequently.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Why I Choose To Believe The Bible

The Most Exciting Time of Year

I love this time of year. No, it’s not the spring fuzzies that many get when the time changes or the flowers start to bloom, though I do like those things and enjoy them. Nope. For me, this time of year is my planning phase, and I am a planning type of gal. I like structure. My kids like structure. Our family thrives on structure. And the more we begin to study detailed science, the more we are seeing that God has provided a ton of examples of structure in this world that He created. We recently watched a video that deals with how our bodies amino acids to form proteins and I was literally left in amazement at the intricacy of it all. I gave a brief moment to entertaining the idea of becoming a scientist when I retire, but then my passion for economics took over.

So we are structured, but it’s not a rigid structure. It’s more like those flexible buildings that are designed to withstand earthquakes. The main point of their design is to stand on firm ground, unbending, but should outside stress come, they can move enough that their foundations and subsequent structures are not seriously harmed. That’s how I design my homeschool. My philosophy is instilling in my children a tremendous love of learning, but that’s another post.

I am currently in the throws of ironing out all the details of our next school year. It’s fun to look at each child, where they excel, where they struggle and come up with ways of teaching that will help/push them toward success. And of course, it has to mesh with my teaching style.

Because of our fondness for visible structure, I always lean toward curriculum that is structured. Recently I mentioned the study Firm Foundations, and yes, it too is fairly structured. I ordered the children’s curriculum and found that there is quite a bit of teacher prep/study required. That’s OK because our core curriculum (Sonlight) requires very little teacher prep (yet it is very organized). Hallelujah!

My brain is running in a thousand different directions and I love it. My notebook is my best friend right now.


Just A Few Questions, Ma’am

“Why that man park that tracker there?”

“Who took our Christmas tree?”

“Why Daddy have to work?”

“Where the sun go?”

“Why this changing table so boring?”

“Who made the moon?”


And I loved this statement made a few days ago when he had his head buried in a sleeping bag:

“Help! I invisible. I can’t see me in this light!”

Just wanted to give you all a glimpse into five minutes of my life with Number Two.


Compliments of the Best Kind

I am an optimist. Not a sunny optimist, but an optimist all the same. I tend to see the good as out weighing the bad and because of that, I tend to be very vocal with my kids about what a good job they are doing, whatever they happen to be doing. I didn’t know I was like this, until my children began to talk. Number One would frequently say “You doing a good job, Daddy/Mommy!” We thought it was just his personality until The Girl Child came along and we noticed that she said the same sort of things. Now that Number Two is talking a blue streak (and folks, I do mean a blue streak. Never, ever, ever have I heard so many questions!) he is often praising his older siblings and even occasionally, Number Three. Just the other morning he told me, “Number Three is a cute boy.” (OK, he used his real name but this is bloggy world and thus, edited)

I like that. I want them to learn early on that they need to speak to one another so as to edify, build each other up.

Yesterday, I had the great privileged of teaching the 3rd chapter of John to the ladies Sunday School class at church. As we were leaving, one of the older ladies gave me a superb compliment that was truly edifying. She said, “You sure know your bible!”

OK, wow. That almost made me cry. That is right up there with my husband comparing me with Martin Luther, the reformer. 😉 And it made me want to know my bible all the more. I hope that when I am gone, it will be truthfully said of me “She knew her bible and obeyed it.”

John 14:15

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”


A Morning Post

Whew. I am so glad that afternoon is over. In fact, I am glad the last two days are over. I didn’t know that you could have two terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days in a row. But that all came to an end last night when I headed out of the house and went (denying my inward inclinations to stay at home) to one of the neatest bible studies I have ever been to. It’s called Firm Foundations and it is a chronological study from creation to Christ. Here is the little blurb from their site:

A steadfast faith is built on the firm foundation of God’s Word. For decades, this pattern of teaching has helped men and women around the world gain a clear understanding of God, man’s relationship with Him, and the grace He has made freely available through the death of His Son. Many teachers have successfully used these lessons from the previous version in churches, classroom and small groups.

Firm Foundations: Creation to Christ presents in order key teachings about:

  • God’s nature and character
  • Man’s sinful state and separation from God
  • God’s grace, presence and activity through history
  • Christ as the promised Redeemer

Moving from Genesis through the life of Christ, your students will see God’s plan of redemption unfold. They’ll follow God’s pattern of progressively revealing His character.

I believe that at anytime I would have seen this study and been blessed, but right now, at this time in my life, it is an answer to prayer. A quick answer to prayer. I am not at liberty to share the details, but recently God brought something into my life that absolutely impressed upon me the need to teach my children how to share the gospel in exactly this way! When the notebooks were handed out and I realized what it was, I was floored! God is so good.


ps. Do I think that someone was trying to get me not to go? Without a doubt!

Morning vs. Afternoon

Most of my posts are morning posts. Like 99%. And the truth is that I am an optimist. The day is new with very few mistakes and a schedule just waiting to be checked off.

So in an attempt to very real, I thought I would post an afternoon post.

This is not a typical afternoon, in fact, it’s probably one of the worst. Here goes.

I am tired. Exhausted. Too much to do and not enough hours to do it all, even if I had the energy to do it. Irritated. I know this is probably a result of being tired, but still. Who cares what caused it, the fact is that I am irritated. Very irritated. At anything that happens to rub me the wrong way. Mad. Mad at the fact that some of this is avoidable if I would only think ahead. Quit wasting time on unimportant stuff. A wee bit hopeless.

As I glance around my living room and see the mounds of clothes (that I was actually glad that I was able to get run through!) I wonder how in the world it is going to get folded and put away with the 18 million other things that have got to be done in the next 48 hours. I want to cry.

So I ask you, how in the world do I glorify the Lord in this? That’s the question running through my muddled brain. And only one answer seems intelligible:

Stay silent. Do what you can and above all, refrain from speaking.