“Then, when you know better, do better.”

… I believe this quote is attributed to Maya Angelou.

It’s also Scriptural.

15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 3:15-16 KJV

The saved believer in Christ has the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God to convict and sanctify. As this happens, deeper truth of God’s word is revealed as we are purified by the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit, growing in Christ-likeness.

So that said, there are a few things I’d like to address regarding our homestead logo. Bear with me guys.

In designing our homestead, we wanted to focus on complete worship of God with our time, talents, pursuits, finances, etc., and giving God the glory first. Hence, wholly holy living. So that’s the story behind the blog name, and it’s sort of been my journey through sanctification that I’ve been able to share with you and I look back at some od the older posts (particularly the yoga stuff) and I see how much God has peeled back layer upon layer of worldliness in me and convicted me of sin I wouldn’t have even noticed had I not committed my way to following the truth of Jesus Christ.

Our homestead, Shaggy Maple, is named for the characteristic tree in our back yard. It’s our kids’ favorite land mark and likely one of the oldest trees on the property. It provides shade for the house and the yard, and numerous birds and squirrels. It’s bark is blackened by age and shaggy looking, and presumably, it’s at the end of it’s lifecycle. But it’s a cool old tree, and stands unique among our plethora of hickories.

The cow face in the midst of the tree is my sketch of a Scottish higland cow.

That’s my favorite breed, and hopefully, when we have adequate fencing, we’ll be able to pasture one or 3 on our back acreage for beef and milk. Those cows are also quite shaggy. In fact, Miss Honey is pretty shaggy herself!

Heaven forbid her sweet shaggy goat face link me to luciferians… *rolls eyes*

I chose the color purple because my favorite color is blue. (I promise there is logic here) I couldn’t find any all weather blue paint I liked at the hardware store. And I don’t love the classic barn red… I know, what’s wrong with me!? But I’ve always liked the kitchen garden structures at UT gardens, a favorite spot for our family to visit. And it’s a nice shade of purple. Why? Because purple combines the red of the warm spectrum with the blue of the cold spectrum to perfectly balance the hues among all vegetation in all seasons. It’s restful and stimulating to the eyes, and it’s my half-way compromise from cerulean. And lots of beautiful stuff here is purple.

So why bother bringing all this up?

Well, it is my personal belief that we are living in the end times… And no, I don’t care to debate what “end times” means. But I see more and more instances where colors, logos, or symbology are of significance to worldly or occult practices. And I thought it appropriate to make our stance clear. Rest assured, I’m not trying to secretly-in-plain-sight worship trees or cows or traffic children or partner with illuminati powers that be. Quite the opposite actually. I ended up losing money when I quit Facebooking SMH. But that is great, because I can sleep at night knowing I haven’t taken the ticket and sold out to social media saying, “you just can’t buy or sell without it!” That’s some “mark of the beast” mentality there. I actually may end up tweaking my design for the sake of eliminating association with potentially misleading ideologies or entities. And it’s sad that should be necessary. After all, God made cows, trees, and the rainbow spectrum of visible light.

But the fact is, rather than worship these created things, we believe in and worship the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Here at the homestead, God gets our first and best. Even the kids are trained that the first and best of our produce we give back to God as seed (Don’t pick the biggest and best). Then we share a tenth of our produce (a tithe) be it veggies or eggs or now, milk with neighbors or friends. And the rest we use for ourselves or sell. But God always comes first.

We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God, and we are still on a sanctification journey to discern the most accurate English translation, if such a thing really exists. But we hold to the Scriptures as the basis for our actions in all things- our worship, our marriage, our family, our parenting, our finances, our leisure, everything.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that it is only by faith in His shed blood that there is remission of sins. Salvation is by grace through faith unto good works (fruit of sanctification) and we could split theological/doctrinal hairs, but that’d be for another post.

We believe Jesus is coming back to take His Bride, the Church, home to HEAVEN! Come Lord Jesus! And NOW is the time to get right with God.

There are multiple times in my life that the Bible and preaching of sound teachers, and prayer has led me to the underatanding that I had been previously wrong in my thoughts, beliefs, or convictions. And I praise God that He continues to mold me to be more like Christ. Because when you know better, you can do better. And you can be better. And repentance is a beautiful thing. So have I unwittingly co-opted aspects of the world in our homestead’s logo? I certainly hope not, but I suppose it’s possible being a fallen individual and living in a fallen world. I’m not perfect; I’m born-again, striving for perfection as my Heavenly Father is perfect, but resting in the perfection of Jesus Christ, His Son. And I won’t be perfect until I’m in my glorified body.

I accept that I will likely make mistakes. That’s life. So moving forward, Shaggy Maple may look different, but our goals remain the same- to honor God in all we do on the homestead (and in our lives).

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