The Kingdom-Driven Family

Building a Home That Serves Christ and His Kingdom

In 1967 a song was released that was not among my favorite Beatles’ songs.  I was the ripe old age of 14 and the thought of living to the age of 64 seemed as bizarre and as unrealistic as swimming around the world!  Yet, tomorrow, Paul McCartney’s song will be accurate as far as my years on earth is concerned.  That said, his lyrics are not exactly accurate to my life, but I’m willing to make the necessary adjustments for my adapted lyrics to my husband:

When I get older losing my hair [Not my problem. My overabundance of hair has always been something I don’t relish!]
Many years from now [Actually, tomorrow]
Will you still be sending me a Valentine [My husband knows better than to give me a Valentine’s gift ever!  I don’t want Hallmark to prod him into getting me flowers; I want him to give me things spontaneously, not because he must!]
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine [Wine is not my passion.  Let’s talk about books!]

If I’d been out till quarter to three [Way past my 10:00 pm bedtime.  Not an issue.]
Would you lock the door [He has never locked me out! I don’t assume he will start.]
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four [He most definitely needs me, for which I am grateful.  And I’m the one who feeds him the healthy foods that are now a staple in our lives!]

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you [Going on 43 years.  Sometimes it seems like 5 others like 105! ]

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone [Above my pay-grade! I’d need to call in reinforcements.]
You can knit a sweater by the fireside [I went through a knitting season years ago. Was definitely above his pay-grade.]
Sunday mornings go for a ride [Every Sunday!]
Doing the garden, digging the weeds [I don’t have a green thumb, but have dabbled in gardening! He does look at our fledgling garden and waters the lawn!]
Who could ask for more [We have Christ….who could ask for more!]
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four [See above]

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear [Never been there, and don’t especially want to. Now let’s talk about Carmel by the Sea!]
We shall scrimp and save [Done our share of that.]
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave [Our grandchildren are a great blessing, but their names are Owen, Ellie, and Parker.]

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view [Text messaging is more like it.]
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away [By God’s grace I am not wasting away!]
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore [Until death do us part!]
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four [He said he would, and he has!]

Happy Birthday to me, and many thanks to my deceased parents: my mother who gave birth to me and to my father who provided for me. And my greatest and continuing thanks to my Heavenly Father who has made me His child!

I am grateful to God that He brought Dorothy Rushdoony into my life. Her influence has much to do with the woman, wife, mother, mentor, and friend I am today. This tribute originally appeared in my book The Biblical Trustee Family as “A Woman of Faith.”  This podcast recording orignally appeared on the Reconstructionist Radio Network.





[From the July/August issue of FFAOL] 

We live in a world where there are words one is not allowed to say, and preferences one is not allowed to have. How remarkable that we have become so obsessed with offending no one that we manage to offend everyone at some point. What’s more, as our society has focused on avoiding hurting anyone’s feelings, we offend God at almost every twist and turn.

One should not expect much from a world that has elevated man to the position only God Almighty rightly holds. It is in the church that this phenomenon is most disturbing. While it is true that we all begin our lives as sinners, it is not true that all people are the same. There is a difference. There are two kinds of sinners: those trying to honor God and obey His law, and those who are in open rebellion against Him. When preachers repeat the misleading statement that we are all sinners and none is better than the next, it groups all people (whether redeemed or not) into the same category. However, this is simply not true!

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