Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Grand Work of American Women

Woman and Child
“Woman’s work is foundation work for society, for the state, for the kingdom of Heaven. In the homes of America are born the children of America; and from them goes forth American life. Who has the hand upon these springs of life? Woman. These children of American homes go out with the stamp of these homes upon them, and only as these homes are what they ought to be will these children be what they ought to be. …Woman may think her sphere and work are limited and contracted, but in this she was never found in a graver mistake. In the home she is imprinting herself upon the man; in him she builds up society, in him she builds up the state, in him she legislates, in him she executes, in him she rules. She makes man what he is, so far as human power can operate. Yes, if she never does anything else but “nurse babies,” she can do no grander work. May God impress upon our women the high, heavenly, holy duty of rearing the children of our country, and making our homes places of joy and comfort."

~ William H. Felix (1838-1912), from his essay “The Work and Sphere of True Womanhood”
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Motivated Moms Planner Giveaway!



It's a brand new year, and that means it's a great time to get organized in the home and get on a cleaning schedule if you don't already have one.  How good the Lord is to give us a brand new year, and each new day is a gift from Him.  We should recognize this and give Him thanks for this every new day.

If you want an easy way to manage and keep track of your home duties, there's a wonderful planner available that comes ready-made with all your cleaning tasks already made up for you.  Please visit me on Raising Homemakers today to learn more about this helpful tool and also enter our giveaway!

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Home Happiness

The Artist's Wife, 1903
The light of the home, the blessing, the joy, the inspiration of your home...Is this how you view your role in your home?  There is so much going on during this busy season.  Have we lost our focus?  In our modern times, have we lost our sense of how important our role at home really is?  Please join me at Raising Homemakers today for some encouragement for home happiness!




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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Christmas

Christmas Rhyme, Christmas Card
Now a happy Christmas to you all; and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you. I shall say nothing to day against festivities on this great birthday of Christ. We will to-morrow think of Christ's birthday; we shall be obliged to do it, I am sure, however sturdily we may hold to our rough Puritanism. And so, 'let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavend bread of sincerity and truth.' Do not feast as if you wished to keep the festival of Bacchus; do not live to-morrow as if you adored some heathen divinity. Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. Go to the house of feasting to-morrow, celebrate your Saviour's birth; do not be ashamed to be glad; you have a right to be happy. Solomon says, "Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment."

"Religion never was designed
To make your pleasures less."

Recollect that your Master ate butter and honey. Go your way, rejoice tomorrow, but in your feasting, think of the Man in Bethlehem; let him have a place in your hearts, give him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived him, but think most of all of the Man born, the Child given. I finish by again saying,

A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!
CHARLES SPURGEON
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, NO. 2392
A SERMON INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S DAY,
DECEMBER 23, 1891.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE NEW PARK STREET CHAPEL, SOUTHWARK,
ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24, 1854.

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the Good.” Isaiah 7:14, 15


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Monday, December 12, 2016

How We Should Live

Lady Reading
Live as if you thought that Christ might come at any time. Do everything, as if you did it for the last time. Say everything, as if you said it for the last time. 

Read every chapter in the Bible, as if you did not know whether you would be allowed to read it again. Pray every prayer, as if you felt it might be your last opportunity. Hear every sermon, as if you were hearing once and forever. This is the way to be found ready. This is the way to turn Christ’s second appearing to good account. This is the way to put on the armor of light. 

~ J.C. Ryle

Dear Ladies,

Can you imagine how life would be if we lived this way?  What a difference it would make!  What a difference our children and husbands would see in us!  Let us endeavor, with the Lord's help, to live this way, for His glory, and so that we might please Him.

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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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