Sunday, April 23, 2017

We Must Preserve Purity



Many of our churches today do nothing about immodesty.  Jesus did not die in agony upon Calvary's cross to dress his beloved bride like a harlot.  He did not.  His enemies stripped him in public to shame him.

Professing Christian women today expose themselves voluntarily, without shame, in skimpy clothing, short skirts, swimwear, low cut tops, obscenely tight clothing and pants.

Yet, the word of God, which is sufficient for all things in life, plainly commands women to adorn themselves in modest apparel because you're the bride of Christ ~ in modest apparel, with shamefacedness, sobriety and self control.  Our Savior clothes His bride in righteousness, good works and heart felt modesty.  He gives her a heart for purity, not sinful sensuality.

Godly older women can advise young women regarding sexual purity in a way far more appropriate than men can, and by doing this, older women actually help guard and maintain purity in Christ's congregation, and their homes.  She is like a wall that helps preserve purity in the body of Christ.

This is from Part 2 of The Sufficiency of Scripture for Women's Ministry:  https://ncfic.org/events/view/sufficiency-of-scripture-2009

This is not a nice idea, some illusion, or something unattainable for the Christian woman.  This is something we must stand for, require of our daughters growing up, and not falter on under pressure. We are to show forth the purity of the Bride of Christ, and we can not do this while exposing our bodies inappropriately.  Some have strayed.  We must return to exhibiting purity in this dark world.  We are strangers passing through and must be mindful of our heavenly home.  Ladies, we must be a light for Christ in how we dress.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Great Responsibility for Women


Dear Christian Ladies,

It has sadly become the trend, even among many professing Christian women, to see how far we can push the boundaries when it comes to our clothing.  Join me at Raising Homemakers today, where we will consider our responsibility in what we wear.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Importance of Older Women at Home


I am not an "empty-nester" yet--not even close, but I have often thought of what I would do when this time of life comes.  I know that I certainly don't want to be out working at a job, because that is not what Scripture commands us women to do.

I won't speak to this too much, since I'm not in this phase of life yet, but I will say that just because our children are grown and gone, does not mean we have nothing to do at home!  We should not be staying at home when they are younger just for them, anyways.  We have husbands that need caring for too.  It is lovely to see when older women in the church are still at home, taking care of their homes and husbands, and are available to help when someone in the church needs it.  There is plenty to do at home in this phase of life, and so I am going to share a video with you that an older woman has made that talks all about this.  I hope you enjoy it!



This post appeared in issue #135 of the Christian Home Magazine.
 
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Influence of a Wife and Mother


As Christian women, we have a great influence in the lives of our husbands and children.  We must never forget the importance of our job here at home.  Those around us may try to persuade us that our position of wife and mother is measly, piddly, and of no significance.  However, this is not truly the case at all.  While society's mindset, and even the mindset of much of the church, has changed, we must keep the mind of our Heavenly Father, who values motherhood and the raising of children, and also our role of supporting our husbands in the home. 

Let us be reminded of the former mindset of our Christian predecessors by these quotes from J.R. Miller.  J.R. Miller was a Christian author and pastor who lived from 1840-1912.

"A true wife makes a man's life nobler, stronger, grander, by the omnipotence of her love 'turning all the forces of manhood upward and heavenward.' While she clings to him in holy confidence and loving dependence she brings out in him whatever is noblest and richest in his being. She inspires him with her courage and earnestness. She beautifies his life. She softens whatever is rude and harsh in his habits or his spirit. She clothes him with the gentler graces of refined and cultured manhood. While she yields to him and never disregards his lightest wish, she is really his queen, ruling his whole life and leading him onward and upward in every proper path."
"Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her."
You can purchase J.R. Miller's excellent book on the family here.

This article was published in issue #133 of The Christian Home Magazine

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Planning Meals for Your Family



If you are not already planning meals for your family, it is a wonderful thing to do and will help you to be organized when you go shopping.  It will also help you to save money, and keep down stress since you have a meal plan for each day at home.  No more meal times where you don't know what you're going to serve your family!  Today at Raising Homemakers, I am sharing with you how I plan our family's meals.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Having to Wait


Dear Ladies at Home,

Are you in a season of waiting?  Is there something you have requested from the Lord, maybe again and again, but His answer is not coming...This doesn't necessarily mean no, but often means "Wait".  Should we give up and stop praying about this something that we need or desire?  I don't think so.  I think we should keep asking, as long as our desires are for something good, and as long as our hearts are surrendered to the Lord, knowing that it is His will that will be done and in His perfect timing.  In these seasons of waiting, we must keep trusting in Him.  We also look to Him for our comfort and strength.

Like a little child who asks his parent for something over and over, we may keep petitioning our Father in Heaven for His help in our circumstances.  For Who else may come to our aid but Him?  And like a little child, we keep trusting in our Heavenly Father to do what is best for us, and in His timing.  We do this because we remember His goodness to us in times past.  We know His character.  We know His love for us. We are faulty creatures, but this is the kind of trust we ought to have in God our Father.


There are several Scriptures that tell us to wait on the Lord:
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
~Psalm 27:14

Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
~Psalm 37:34

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
~Proverbs 20:22

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
~Psalm 37:9
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
~Isaiah 30:18

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~Isaiah 40:31
I especially like this one:
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
~Psalm 123:2
Why does the Lord Have Us Wait?

There are many reasons the Lord would have us wait.  He is holy and righteous and knows all things. While we see only the here and now, and what we think is best, our great God and King knows everything that will come to pass.  We have a very limited knowledge, but the Lord knows all.  He may be having us wait for His perfect timing for something to come to pass.

The Lord also may be trying us, to prove what is in our hearts.  The Scriptures mention many times how the Lord sought to prove His people. Some examples are in Exodus 16:4, Exodus 20:20, Deuteronomy 8:2, Deuteronomy 8:16, Judges 2:22, and Judges 3:4.


What to Do When Having to Wait

What can we do when we have to wait for something?  Well, for sure, we should not just "wait around" doing nothing.  We should keep busy in the tasks the Lord has given us to do.  For us ladies, that means keeping busy with cooking, cleaning, taking care of our husbands, our children, and all those things at home.  There is always much to do.  It may be tempting to lose heart when we are having to wait, but we must keep busy doing good.

Also, we must keep praying and laying our requests before God.  We must keep having our time in God's Word, really learning from the Holy Scriptures and being quiet and still before the Lord.  This, of course, is of utmost importance no matter what is going on in our lives.

So, when we have to wait, let us not lose heart but keep trusting in our Lord, knowing that He cares for us.  And let us always keep praying.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
~Psalm 84:11

This article appeared in issue #136 of The Christian Home Magazine.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Appreciate Your Husband


Dear Ladies at Home,

If you have a husband who goes to work every day to make the living, you have a fine treasure indeed!  Especially in our day and age, where there is much pressure for women to work also, and there is added financial stress on husbands due to all of the government's taxation on their income, a husband who provides the living is a hero.  Even though this is his God-given duty, it will bless him immensely to hear you express your appreciation in this area.  Make sure you let him know every day how much you appreciate his hard work to provide the income so that you (and your children, if you have them), can have your needs met. 

In appreciating your husband, make sure to do your best every day to make a welcoming home for him to return to.  There will be days we don't have as much success as we like, but we should make every effort to attend well to the children, keep a clean and orderly home, and have nice meals on the table.  But don't forget the important part of actually expressing your appreciation to your husband in words, with sincerity.

There are many more things to appreciate your husband for, and I will try to write another post on this soon.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

What Saith the Scriptures?



Are we ever guilty of saying the Word of God does not speak on a subject when it actually does?  I have heard this several times:  The Scriptures do not speak on this matter.  But in reality, they do.  Does the Lord not give us instructions on important life matters?

I submit to you that He does.  However, some times we are unwilling to listen.  We may even have something pointed out to us--specific Scriptures to address our situation, maybe even church history to show what beliefs have been passed down through time.  But are we willing to listen to the Lord's counsel, or His commands?  We must not be stubborn and unwilling to listen to the very Word of God.

If we are ignorant on a subject, should we not search the Scriptures and ask the Lord for wisdom?  (James 1:5)  Or would we rather have the wisdom of men instead?  This wisdom is not comparable to the Lord's perfect wisdom!  (1 Corinthians 2:5-6, 1 Corinthians 3:19)

Or perhaps we have a lack of faith, or unbelief.  If we have been shown what Scripture says on a particular matter, yet we do not follow the Lord because of fear, this is surely a lack of faith!  We must pray: Lord increase my faith (Luke 17:5).  Then we must trust in the Lord as we walk in steps of obedience.


Perhaps we see what everyone else around us is doing--the world--or even, perhaps, our fellow believers.  We see that they are going one way, and we are tempted to follow because it's the easiest way.  However, when we know what is right to do because we've read it in the Word, we need to do it.  The Lord has not called us to a life of ease or comfort, though He does bless and care for His children.  We must know that we need to follow Him regardless of what everyone else is doing or failing to do.

And we must follow the Lord with humbleness of mind, with a holy fear and awe of His greatness.  We must not walk in pride, but in humility, remembering that it is the Lord Who has purchased us with His very blood.

Following the Lord may not always be easy, but easy should not be our goal.  We must have our eyes on Jesus, trusting in Him as we follow His will for us, even when others around us are doing something else and do not understand.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Enjoying the Warm Weather

The weather here has been like Spring.  The days have been so warm, we've had our windows open all day.  I had meal planning to do this evening, but the children beckoned me to come see the sunset.  It really was beautiful.  What a wonderful, creative God we serve.

After watching the beautiful sunset, the children started a game of dodge ball, just like we would play with Daddy.  Instead of them chasing him though, the children were going after me.  Creative said I was like a little girl the way I was screaming and running away.  Well, it is good to stay youthful :)

After a little while, the ball bounced off somebody and went into the neighbor's yard.  So we then had a game of freeze tag.  I'm sure we stayed out much too late, as it was way past dinnertime when we finally came in.  I whipped up some blueberry pancakes with sprouted flour, and we had a late dinner.  But I suppose these spontaneous times are needed occasionally.  I  know we all had fun.
 

Life is so busy right now and much is on my mind.  It seems there are always trials in life, and the Lord deals more to some than others.  While making dinner, I put on some Scripture Songs and was reminded of the promises and goodness of God, and comforted by the Psalms.

When in a trial, it also does good to go over the things you have to be thankful for.  Some of my list right now:  my wonderful, Godly husband; my beautiful and special children; God's provision; God's sovereignty; times of joy and fun; being able to run around with the children; and having our good and gracious Heavenly Father on our side.


I hope you are well, my dear readers ♥

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Children, God's Gifts

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Family planning is the mother of abortion. A generation had to be indoctrinated in the ideal of planning children around personal convenience before abortion could become popular. We Christians raise an outcry against abortion today, and rightly so. But THE REASON WE HAVE TO FIGHT THOSE BATTLES TODAY IS BECAUSE WE LOST THEM 30 YEARS AGO. Once couples began to look upon children as creatures of their own making, who they could plan into their lives as they chose or not, all reverence for human life was lost. Children as God's gifts whom we humbly receive are one thing; children as articles of our own manufacturing are another. You can do anything you like with what you yourself have made.

~Mary Pride in The Way Home
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