Saturday, December 3, 2016

In the Shadow of Thy Wings

Broken Wings
In the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge." ~ Psalm 57:1
Not content with the blessed fact that I was hidden "beneath His wings," my faith nestled up, as it were, to the loving heart that brooded over me, and found such a glow of everlasting love there, that all outside ills and evils were as if they were not. Oh, that such times were less rare! But if any timid, afflicted souls read these few lines, let me whisper to them to run at once to their God, "when troubles assail, and dangers affright." We are so safe when "covered with His feathers," so cared for, and comforted, and welcomed, so defended from everything that could harm us. "In the shadow of His wings There is peace. sweet peace; Peace that passeth understanding, Peace, sweet peace, that knows no ending: In the shadow of His wings There is peace, sweet peace.  In the shadow of His wings There is joy, glad joy; There is joy to tell the story, Joy exceeding, full of glory: In the shadow of His wings There is joy, glad joy."
~ A Basket of Summer Fruit
by Susannah Spurgeon
How good it is that we can run to our God in times of trouble!  He is sweeter than any friend or any acquaintance.  In Him is all goodness and truth, righteousness and grace, justice and mercy.  In Him we have the dearest friend and the greatest place of refuge.  How good it is to trust in Him and take to Him our cares, and what a privilege it is to do so.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Lord's Refinement Through Our Children

Mother and Baby
"The coming of each new child strengthens and deepens my desire to be what I would have it become, makes my fault more odious in my eyes, and elevates my whole character. What a blessed discipline of joy and of pain my life has been; how thankful I am to reap its fruits even while pricked by its thorns!" 
~Katy, Stepping Heavenward

Many people in our day state that they do not want any (or more) children because it is just too hard or difficult.  However, one of the blessings the Lord brings with more children is that He causes much spiritual growth through them.  We are taught to be self-less instead of selfish.  We are taught to call upon God for help and direction when needs and problems arise. We are taught to fully rely upon God in the raising of these little ones.  We are forced to look at ourselves and the changes that must be wrought in us so that we can be good and godly examples.  God is so good to give us children!  We must be ever mindful of the example we are setting for them.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Deals for Homemakers

Jane.com often has some cute, modest clothing and other nice finds.  They are having some Cyber Monday deals you can find here:

Daily Boutique Deals

Southern Magnolia Minerals has natural mineral makeup and skincare.  I've used their products for several years, and they just changed their mineral foundation to a titanium dioxide free formula.  Today they are offering 50% off everything site wide.  Just use coupon code CMWISH50 
at checkout.

Bulk Herb Store is offering 15% off almost their entire store.  They have wonderful teas, herbs, and more!

Calendars.com is having a great sale, and it's a perfect time to get calendars for the new year.  I got the most beautiful calendar from them last year.  Cyber Monday Sale - Up to 70% off everything + 30% off $50 + Free Shipping with Coupon Code CYBER

I will update this list throughout the day as I find more deals you may be interested in.


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Monday, November 21, 2016

What We Eat is Important

 

Does it really matter what we eat? What do you think? We might want to hide our heads in the sand and pretend we can put any old thing labeled as "food" into our mouths and think it will nourish and sustain us. But the truth is that we are living in a world tainted by sin, and what we put in our bodies affects our bodies, either for good or bad.  Join me today at Raising Homemakers where I teach you a bit about eating for health.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Homeschooled Children and Public Schooled Children

Children Fishing

This was posted via Exodus Mandate earlier today regarding whether or not home schooled children should get acquainted with public school children. 
Along with it, I would like to quote J.C. Ryle:
"Precious, no doubt, are these little ones in your eyes; but if you love them, think often of their souls.  No interest should weigh with you so much as their eternal interests.  No part of them should be so dear to you as that part which will never die."

Question & Answer for today:
Should Christian/Homeschooled children get acquainted with public school children to help prepare them socially for a life in the real world?

Studying Children

Answer #1:
The purpose of a Christian child’s education is to prepare them to interact with the world from a Christian perspective. Going to government school prepares them to be secularists; a thoroughly Christian education is the only way to prepare them for the devils “last days” onslaughts. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2)

Answer #2:

As parents, we instinctively protect our children from any harm and evil. We continually discriminate on what we allow our children to watch, to associate with, and to read. Our intent is to discriminate against the evil and give them the positive influence so they will mature and leave home to start their own lives with godly character.


The parental life of constant evaluation of what goes before our children starts with the primary motivation to honor God through obedience to His revealed Word.


The scriptures are voluminous on God’s command for His covenant people to separate from the evil elements of the world system.


We cannot remain faithful and pure in our faith by continually embracing the lifestyle of a pagan culture. “See to it no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Col. 2:8)


Children Playing
 

How much more then, can we send our children to an institution that constantly displays the lifestyle of a pagan culture in attitude, language, philosophy, brutality, dress, sex, and a multitude of other vices, and not expect it to affect them in a negative manner?

Being street wise in the ways of the world is not a virtue. Even if our children are home schooled and/or attend a good Christian school, they are still bombarded daily with the pagan culture. One cannot even watch commercials on football games and not be aware of what goes on in the culture.


In conclusion, our ultimate goal for our children is no different than Christ’s great commission. We should desire that they mature and understand that all authority in heaven and earth belongs to Jesus Christ and they should aggressively take Christ’s commands into all areas of life and subdue it for the glory of God.


You cannot change a corrupt system by being part of it, or in the case of covenant children, to be weakened by the lures of sin before they mature and are trained.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Marriage is Not Hard

Marriage, 1887
"My twenties got immensely better, after I got married, because troubles were shared with my best friend. No. not my best friend. A husband doesn't even come close to what a girl calls her best friend. There's a oneness and a blending together, a leaning on each other, a magic dance of puzzle pieces, that is completely unique to a husband and wife relationship. Friendship doesn't begin to describe that union. It is uniquely God given. And because of that, it brings a stability and a growth that helps in hard times.
Pursue a godly marriage, to make your twenty somethings easier. And your sixty somethings.
Way too many are now seeing marriage as a burden or an end to the fun years. They see their twenties as a time to "do great things for the Lord in their singleness." They see marriage and family as something that infringes on their ministry and their lives, rather than enhancing it. There's some kind of generational selfishness in this, disguised as godliness.
Marriage Proposal
And they feel like they have to have all of their proverbial, ducks in a row, before they can pursue marriage. They look to have what most of us didn't have until we were in our forties, if then! They somehow miss the fact that there's a certain bonding together and reliance in one another, as you build life together.
...I just think that we need to encourage marriage, especially in our sons, to be seen as a great way to make their twenties better.
It ties in to an ongoing discussion that [my husband] and I have had lately. As we watch our daughter and her fiancé move toward their wedding date, and our son and his wife in their early married years, we would tell them this, as opposed to what we see the modern Christian culture saying now.
Marriage Proposal
Marriage is not hard! It isn't something to be warned about and looked at as some kind of chore that you enter into expecting hardship and trouble and hard work. The marriage relationship isn't something introspective and selfish, it's something otherworldly and uniquely intrinsically fashioned by God, to bring a man and a woman together, and make that togetherness better than their singleness. It's the way it is.
Let's not blame our own failings in personal maturity and sinful behavior, on the marriage relationship. Marriage is not hard. Being a selfish sinner is hard. Marriage is not something that you have to worry about working on all the time and being introspective about. Our own personal heart before God, and giving up of ourselves for another in daily sacrifice, is what we need to work on.
Couple Reading
When we shift back to the old time view of ourselves as sinners in need of mortifying sin and pursuing Christian disciplines and holiness before our savior, it changes our view of marriage. We serve our spouse and seek his/her best. We work to make life easier for one another, to relieve the burdens and encourage each other in faithfulness.
Christian marriage enhances our lives and brings a relief in shared burdens. It is a unique and wholly encompassing union of two believers into a relationship that is the closest earthly thing to our relationship with Christ.
It is not hard. It is not a chore to work at and see as an end to the carefree days. Instead, it is the beginning of your best years. The first strings of the symphony that signals the beginning of a glorious waltz between you, your spouse, and God. It is life. The hard things are simply our own sinful humanity showing through, that we would be dealing with in one way or another anyway.
This is something my friend Kathy Gruben wrote, and I am sharing it with her permission, as I just thought it was excellent.


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Freebie- Fall and Winter at Home



Are you all aware of the site Homeschool Freebie of the Day?  They have a new freebie for homeschoolers every weekday (except when they take a vacation), and some of these are even homemaking type freebies, like the one for today is.

From their site:
Today’s featured Homemaker’s Mentor ebook contains several short lessons to help you get your household ready for the cold weather months, including: A Fall Checklist for your Home; Defrosting the Freezer; Favorite Pumpkin Recipes; Making a Draft Dodger for your Home, and How to Make Jerky.

Autumn
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New Fall Skirt Arrivals from New Creation Apparel

What a joy and a privilege to dress like a feminine woman!  It's so nice to be able to dress differently than men, don't you think?  Even if you only dress up on the Lord's Day or special occasions, don't you feel differently when you do?  Dressing femininely is a part of encouraging men to act like gentlemen, to treat you like a lady.  But of course this must be accompanied by a feminine manner as well.

Well, I do think it's always nice to get a new skirt for the wardrobe.  Now is a great time to get a new skirt, or two, because New Creation Apparel currently has new skirts in stock for Fall.  If you've never heard of New Creation Apparel, they are a great company, with wonderful customer service, that has a really beautiful selection of modest skirts at affordable prices.  They even have lovely maternity skirts!  They are also one of Blessed Homemaking's advertisers, so please support them!

I will show you some of their new arrivals.  Which one is your favorite?  I really like the Double Cascading Ruffle and the Margot.

Double Cascading Ruffle   


Margot 3


Laura Navy

Ruched Denim


“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…”
― Tasha Tudor

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Perfect Peace

Bible  

How are you, Dear Readers?  I have had a busy day out with many things to do and places to go with the children, and then Bible study at church.  When I finally got home, I had laundry to do, tea to make, and I still need to plan meals for the next couple of weeks so I can go shopping.  I also still need to plan a craft for the group of children I lead in a homeschool co-op, which is coming up soon.  We will be studying India this time, so I need a craft to go along with that.

Besides this, I have things on my mind, and I am reminded that we can often get worn down by our thoughts if we are not careful.   Instead of letting our thoughts run away with us, we need to take them captive, and also keep our minds on the Lord and His goodness.  This is really the only way we can have peace in our lives, as trials and temptations will come, we have been promised (John 16:33).  So, this verse has been brought to my mind:  
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)
Our Lord and Saviour is even our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7).  Our Lord Jesus also said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)  Also, in Philippians, we are reminded to "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

We also read in the Word of God many times when the Lord has helped His people because of their trust in Him and His goodness.  See for example 1 Chronicles 5:20, 2 Chronicles 13:18, and 2 Chronicles 16:8.  Some other good verses about trusting in the Lord are Psalm 9:10 which says,  "And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."  Also, Jeremiah 17:7-8 "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

I hope these are a good encouragement for you when your thoughts turn to worry.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Homemaker and Responsibility

Young Woman Cleaning Bathroom Sink  

As homemakers, we need to have a great sense of responsibility.  Responsibility means to assume work or commitments with a feeling of accountability for that work.  When we are at home, we don't want to be purposeless in our days, but instead remember that we have a commitment here to do our best for God's glory.  We may not have a boss overseeing us, but the Lord is watching us in all we do.  We need to remember that we are responsible for our time, for training our children, for making a nice home for our families, for making delicious and healthful meals, and for teaching our children the things they need to learn.  There is an endless amount of things we can do at home--there is no room for boredom or being lazy with our work.  Of course, this doesn't mean we can never relax or rest, but we must keep that great sense of responsibility with us.

If we had work outside the home, whether in an office, business, or church, we would have responsibility for certain jobs.  Having this feeling of responsibility is a character trait that some people have, and some don't.  If you don't have it, it can be a hard one to acquire, but with the Lord's help and prayer, we can improve in this area.  If we want to succeed at home, we must realize that our husbands and children are relying on us, and that we are accountable to the Lord.  There is really no one else to take care of our homes and families--we must do it.

If you've never read it before, this is one of my favorite quotes by my friend Lydia.  It is a good thing to call to remembrance in our day to day lives at home:

"I work for a King. He has put me in charge of his home. When He comes to see how I have managed His possessions and His children, I do not want to be found wanting. I want to do my best. Everything I have is on loan from Him. I have room and board and a job to do, but it is all for Him. Therefore I want to dress my best and do my best in all my work. I also want to be creative, for this is a sincere attempt to glorify Him and His beautiful creation. How I manage my home is a form of worship to Him."
~Lydia Sherman
Some things I have responsibility for today are some errands to run, checking my children's school work, planning more lessons for all my children, returning phone calls, catching up on some housework, and other things as well.  If you have a lot to accomplish in a day, it usually helps to make a list and even make a flexible schedule, estimating the time it will take you to do such things.

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