Friday, June 23, 2017

The Key to All Our Relationships

If you are seeking to be a good wife and mother, there is something you must first have.  This is the key to all our relationships.  We cannot succeed without it!  Please join me at Raising Homemakers today to find out what it is!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Encouragement



Sometimes we mamas have hard days, rough days, days that drain us emotionally and physically.  We have days we may wonder if what we do really matters, or if anybody sees us or notices us...

We may do lots (or all) of our homemaking tasks without a single thank you.  Especially as children get older, they seem to thank us less, need us less...Of course, we know that we must do what we need to do, for the Lord, whether anyone else appreciates it or not.  But, it is always nice to have someone express sincere love and appreciation for us.

I kind of had one of those days today--a day that was not so easy, and just tiring.

I had put the little children to bed a while ago, and finally the older ones had gone to bed also.  I was so tired, I had to force myself to prepare the food for the next day and take care of the last bits of laundry...I was tired and just felt so drained...

I retired to the bedroom and sat down and prayed silently to the Lord that I just needed some encouragement, anything!

It was only a few minutes later that a little note got pushed through the crack in the door...



I know that this lovely note of encouragement came from Creative, and I was so blessed that the Lord answered my prayer in this way that I began to cry.  How very thankful I am for the Lord being so kind to me, and for my daughter being so thoughtful.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What Will You Wear to the Beach or Pool?


May God bless all of those ladies, young or old, who will SWIM this summer and do so modestly,...
and who will facilitate your daughters doing similarly.
May God bless the work of your hands as you endure the frustration of going store-by-store, site-by-site, seamstress-by-seamstress --
almost ready to give up! --
but pressing on in a desire to honor your God,
your husbands -- perhaps current, perhaps future --,
and/or the eyes of others' husbands and sons who will bear witness to your time in the water.

There are a number of us who notice your Godly character, as reflected in your swimming attire.
We not only appreciate your example to our daughters,...
but we also appreciate that our husbands and sons will not be put in the awkward position of perhaps needing to look at the birds in the sky or flat-out LEAVE the swimming area that they had hoped to enjoy.
There is nothing more fun than time in the sun without the unnecessary awkwardness of nudity or partial nudity all around.
And there is nothing more lovely than seeing modest women and girls fulfilling the positive duties of "thou shall not commit adultery" and "flee fornication" in their shopping leading up to and during the summer pool season.
~K. Harrhof
The below video has some interesting information on the history of how bikinis came about, and what women used to wear to go swimming.  She also presents information about how immodestly dressed women affect the male brain.  Our culture has truly lost their sense of shame and decency in this area.  Women wearing the current popular beach attire should be embarrassed by it!  Please, as the summer months approach, think about what you are wearing (and your daughters).  Think about how it affects the people around you.  No one wants to see all your flesh hanging out, or at least no one should be.   Note:  the nice lady presenting the information has her own swimwear line, but I do not recommend them as they really don't cover enough.  



Also, someone has recommended Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America.  I've heard it mentioned before, but now I've moved it up on my to-read list.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring Sightings

It has been very warm here, especially since we have not been able to run our cooler during the past week.  Last week, our roof started leaking from our cooler, so we had to stop using it.  It has gotten up to 87 degrees in the house most days.  But hopefully that is fixed now.  These things in life are when we must learn contentment in all circumstances.  I am very thankful that the cooler is fixed now, but we still have ceiling damage to get taken care of.



 Not too long ago, I also suffered a miscarriage.  Just a week after we found out we were expecting, and our little one was gone to be with the Lord.  It has been a very hard thing, as everyone was so excited to have a new baby in the house.  There were so many discussions with the children in that week, as they excitedly talked about what the baby might look like, if it would be a boy or a girl, remembering how babies smell and the sweet noises they make.  But the Lord is good, and it was His will that our baby should be in Heaven with Him now.  I am reminded of the many women who have not been able to have any children here on this earth, and how it must break their hearts.  I am very thankful to the Lord that He has seen fit to bless us with several children on this earth.

But we continue to learn and grow, clinging to Christ in the midst of life's toils and trials, and really, we have so much to be thankful for.  We know in this life we will have tribulation, but the Lord says to be of good cheer, as He has overcome the world.

We have had other things to enjoy this Spring, like beautiful sunsets:


One of our daughters requested this cake for her birthday.  It was made a few weeks late, as we had so much going on during her birthday week.  It is called "Chocolate Berry Wedding Cheesecake".  It was good, but I think I did not put enough coconut sugar in it.  I will have to make adjustments for next time.


And then, we have had these lovely bright yellow birds at our hummingbird feeder recently.  I believe they are orioles.  They are very timid--you have to sneak up on them without making a sound, and without making a noise either.  They make quite a lot of noise themselves, but they are really beautiful.  I managed to take some pictures of a male.





I have been so busy this week that I have had the older girls cook all the meals.  But at least they are getting more practice, and I am sure glad I trained them when they were younger and taught them how to cook!  Now I just must not forget to teach the younger ones too.  The children are having homemade thin mint milkshakes for breakfast.  They really enjoy them.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Warning for Our Modern Times


Dear Mothers and Housewives,

 I have a warning for us all today.  Please join me at Raising Homemakers to see what it is.


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Clearance Sale on Skirts! New Creation Apparel

New Creation Apparel is having a Spring Clearance Sale to clear out limited quantity skirts!  The prices are great, and I know the quality is outstanding as well, as I own many skirts from New Creation Apparel.

Here are just a few examples of these lovely, modest skirts for women that are on clearance right now:


Ruched2 Deep Royal Blue


Ruffle Butterfly

  

Maternity Summer Fun

New Creation Apparel also carries modest maternity skirts like this one.  I have worn their maternity skirts during pregnancy, and they are comfortable and durable!

 

All of New Creation Apparel's skirts are designed to be long and modest, which is great for the Christian woman!  See the rest of their clearance skirts here.

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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!




I would also like to add a link to this excellent article on the subject by my friend, Lady Lydia.

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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