Friday, January 12, 2018

Staying Close to Our Children

I read this wise quote from my friend Lydia today:

"You have heard of the current popular phrase, 'separation anxiety'---well, that should never be, because the mother and child were not designed to be separated. It is normal to feel anxious when mother is not around, and wise mothers will not leave their children while they pursue other things. Childhood is so fleeting. You will one day turn around and wonder how your children grew up so fast, and how it all happened in such a hurry. Savor those years and be content at home with your children and you will not regret it." 
~Lydia Sherman
When our babies are first born, they are with us almost always.  Once some time passes, and the newness wears off, do we lose our fondness of our children--the great blessings God gives us?   We are amazed when our child first says, "Mama", then do we tire of hearing it?  Instead, we should expect and rejoice when our children come to us for something--for love, for care, for nurturing, for helpl.  We only have few years to impart wisdom to our children.  Let us use each day well, dear mothers.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Christian's Integrity

As Christians, we must live lives of integrity.  If we profess Christ, our private lives must align with this profession.  We cannot and must not have secret lives of sin, giving ourselves over to the flesh.  We cannot have lives hidden in the darkness, while professing Christ in church on Sunday.  While we may try to hide things in secret, we must realise that all our deeds will one day be made known (Luke 8:17).  And the Lord God knows them even now.  Do we try to fool ourselves into believing our sins are left unseen because no one else is around?  We must remember that God sees all (Hebrews 4:13).

Maybe we have lived lives even after professing Christ, that we have tried to hide from friends and family.  The internet is especially a dangerous place for some, for many, in our present age.  No longer must sin be pursued in the dark alleys, but we can easily access it through the internet and TV, and even carry it around on our smartphones.  If we have let our morality slip, we must repent and never return to the dark paths of wickedness.  God calls us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).

Will we, as Christians, still sin?  Unfortunately, yes.  But we should not have secret lives of sin.  We should never be slaves to sin--read Romans chapter six.  When we sin, we must be quick to repent, turning away from that sin.  We must have true sorrow for our sin and long to be more like our Saviour.  Only then can we be salt and light in this world.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

3 Christmas Gift Ideas That You Can Make By Hand

Today we have a freelance contribution post by Sally.

Christmas is almost here, and it’s a time of giving, being with family, and remembering the reason why we’re celebrating this occasion—Jesus Christ. Sadly, too many people get caught up in the gift-buying frenzy and are forgetting why we acknowledge Christmas in the first place. While the Bible reminds us to be generous as it reminds us that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), we should never forget the true meaning of this special holiday, that the Son of God, was born on Christmas day. As Christians, it is important to celebrate our Savior’s life and the way that He lived by giving meaningful gifts to family and friends, and what can be more meaningful than a present that was made by your own two hands? Here are 3 Christmas gift ideas that you can make by hand.

Quickbread mix in a bottle

It is tradition to give food as a gift to loved ones, and even some of the most notable people in the Bible have been known to give wine, bread, grain, or meat on special occasions. This Christmas, you can give a cake that you baked by yourself, or assemble quickbread mix in a bottle. Just layer 2 cups of flour, a cup of rolled oats, half a cup of sugar, some sugar, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts in a bottle or a 1-quart mason jar. Add a label to the bottle for the recipe instructions so the recipient will know how to make the quickbread.

A hand sewn pencil case

This would make a good gift for children and teens. You can make a simple felt pencil case with a button closure or make a Japanese-style patchwork pouch. The latter, which takes a little more time and effort, can also work as a makeup bag which would make a great gift for women. All you need is some fabric squares, ecru cotton lace, and some grosgrain ribbon to make the pouch.

Personalized mugs

This is a gift that you can make with your children to give to grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Get a few white ceramic mugs and some Sharpie markers in different colors. Let your kids draw or write messages on the mugs. Place the mugs in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. Leave the mugs inside until the oven cools completely to prevent cracks.

Giving a gift that we made with our own hands this Christmas reminds us of the true meaning of the holiday as we create things for the ones we love. As we give, let us not forget to celebrate Jesus Christ, who is the reason for this holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Why Having A Hobby Is Vital For Christian Women

Today we have a lovely freelance contribution post by Sally.

In today’s modern times, many people spend far too much time immersed in technology, and everywhere you look, there’s someone texting or talking on the phone or making social media updates. We’ve become so reliant on our gadgets that we’ve forgotten about having a practical hobby such as sewing, painting, or crafting. Using our hands to create something that’s useful or beautiful is another way to live according to the Bible’s teachings. As the Bible reminds us in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” As Solomon says here, whatever we choose to do in this earth, we’ve got to give it our best effort, whether it applies to our work, caring for our children, or engaging in a hobby. Here’s why having a hobby is vital for Christian women.

It gives us the opportunity to glorify God with our hands

If you don’t have something that you’re currently interested in, finding ways to enjoy a new hobby is a good thing to do as being creative gives us the opportunity to glorify God with our hands. Whether it’s hand embroidering lettering and texts like Bible verses or painting a still life of a bowl of fruit, making something good with our hands every now and then enriches our lives. Moreover, we are reminded that God gave us the gift of artistry and imagination and that these gifts should be put to good use in accordance with His will. Try cross stitching or embroidery, or making clothes or pillowcases by hand or sewing machine.

It enables us to make use of our spare time in a way that pleases our Creator

A woman who makes use of her time wisely is one who chooses to live in a Godly way. As we are reminded in Proverbs 31: 10-31, “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands…She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness…” Instead of watching TV or gossiping with the neighbors, a hobby like quilting or woodworking enables us to make use of our spare time in a way that pleases God, as not only are we rejuvenated by our interests, but the things we make can be useful in our home. Start small and try making a birdhouse or a child’s study table, or make a patchwork quilt by hand.

It allows us to enjoy the pleasures of life in a Christian way

God wants us to be happy and to enjoy life while living the Christian way. As it says in Ecclesiastes 3:12, “I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.” Having a hobby allows us to have a good life as rest and recreation are important to have a more enjoyable life.

Having a hobby is vital for Christian women as it makes life a little fuller and gives us another way to glorify our Maker. However, we should take care not to let our hobbies overtake our lives in such a way that we neglect the important things in life. There is a time for everything, so make ample time for recreation but don’t forget to have time for what matters most—work, our loved ones, and God.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Skirts, Planners, Makeup (Sales for Homemakers)

As mothers, wives, homemakers, most of us have an interest in looking pretty and feminine, and also in planning out our days and keeping on task.  We also have a great interest in saving money and thereby reducing the strain on our husbands who work so hard to provide!

And so, I wanted to share with you today just a few sales that are going on today at Raising Homemakers.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Blessed Thanksgiving to You All

Dear Readers,

I just wanted to write and wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.  I hope it is blessed and can be a special time of remembering the Lord's goodness to you and your family, even during trials.  The Lord is good always, and worthy of our praise.

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week and have invited a few people to join our family.  The children very much want to dress up as pilgrims and indians, so they've been deciding what to wear and making special pilgrim hats and indian headdresses for the occasion.  Today we will be busy in the kitchen preparing food.  The older girls will be preparing many dishes, which is so different from when I had to make everything!   We will be having turkey, stuffing, gravy, homemade dinner rolls & popovers, garlicky bacon green beans, loaded fauxtato casserole, sauteed brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple crisp, and pumpkin cream cake.  Everything will be homemade from scratch, as that's the only way I do things (smiles).  My husband was surprised to see all the cream cheese in the refrigerator.

Here are some neat ideas that you may find useful for celebrating Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving, and thank you to all of you who take the time to leave comments here, as it is a great encouragement to me.
O Lord, who clothes the lilies
And feeds the birds of the sky,
Who leads the lambs to pasture
And the deer to the waterside,
Who has multiplied loaves and fishes
And converted water to wine,
O Lord, come to our table,
As guest and giver, to dine.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

God's Word to Little Ones

Our weeks of late find us many times at church.  We are usually gathered together as a family in the church building, waiting for the service to begin.  It is quiet before the organ starts playing, and so we read the Bible passages quietly while we wait, and sometimes read the hymns that we will sing.  It is a lovely time of preparing for worshipping the Lord and hearing His Word taught from the pulpit.  My wonderful husband suggested we prepare in this way, and so the children and I have all followed suit.

All, except for one little one who cannot yet read.  And so, our dear little one, every time while we are waiting for church services to begin, asks me to read the Bible passages to her.  This came with no prompting from me or anyone else in our family.  But she wants to hear God's Word, for it is for little ones too.  I am so thankful for her desire to hear God's Word, and it is my hope and prayer that her desire will only grow more and more.

I am reminded of a time when I would read to our dear ones two simple little books for children, and also Morning Stars.  I have begun reading these sweet books to the little ones again, when we have some quiet moments before bed to ourselves.  I remind them to think on the truths we read, as they go to sleep.  What lovely thoughts to sleep on--thoughts of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.  And this is the most important thing we can teach our children--our need for a Saviour, and the love He has for His children.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Would Recommend All Parents to Get This Kind of Bible

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path!" Psalm 119:105

In many houses you will see beautiful Bibles bound handsomely in morocco leather, with gilt edges, and full of bright pictures. I love to see a beautiful Bible in a home--especially if it is not kept too clean and unsoiled. But the most beautiful form in which a household Bible can be bound, is in the holy life of godly parents. There is no tinted, gold-edged paper so lovely--as the pages God gives us on which to write our daily record.

The precepts and lessons of the inspired Word sound very sweetly when read out of a richly-covered volume--but they sound far more sweetly, when the child can spell them out of the parent's daily life.

It is well for a parent to read to his child from the inspired page about the beauty of holiness; but it is better still when the child can see that beauty shining out transfigured in every feature of his parent's character.

It is well for him to read of the patience, gentleness, meekness, forbearance, and love of Christ; but it is better when he exemplifies all of these traits.

It is well for him to teach the child what the Bible says about lying, profanity, intemperance, and all sins; it is better when his life proclaims all these lessons.

No family Bible is so well printed and bound, as the one that is printed on the heart, and bound up in the life of a godly parent. I would recommend all parents to get this kind of Bible--and to keep the dust off it always by constant use. This is the best kind for a lamp to the children's feet.

A beautiful Christian life is a living epistle written by the hand of God--which the youngest child can read before it has learned to spell out the shortest words of the language. It is a sermon that preaches Christ all day long--seven days in the week!

There is no heresy so dangerous to childhood--as heresies lived in the home!

(J.R. Miller)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy to be Home

Dear Ladies at Home,

The enemy of our souls would like us to think of our work here as drudgery.  He would like us to pick on our husbands.  He would like us to waste away minutes that turn into hours.  He would like us to see teaching our children at home as "too much work" and "too hard".  He would like us to tire of training our children.  He would like us to be dreadfully unhappy, and to see that unhappiness as stemming from the work we do at home.  He would like us to tire of cooking, of cleaning, of making a beautiful and peaceful home.  Why?  Because our Enemy knows how important our task is--this kingdom work, and he'd like to take us away from it as much as possible.

How far our Enemy has succeeded.  How many Christian women are at work these days instead of being at home, keeping it?  How many Christian women shuttle their children off to someone else to take care of and then go out themselves to provide an income?  How many times are young ladies pressured about going to college and asked what career they are going to chase after?  And we think this is normal, but it's not.  It blasphemes the very Word of God (Titus 2:3-5)

I am so thankful that my husband sees the need for him to be the provider, and for me to stay home, taking care of our home and our children.  It is so good to show our husbands that we are happy at home and are thankful for his hard work which allows us to be here.  There will always be something that I could find to complain about.  I could look at my work here as drudgery, but instead, I want to be thankful, I must be thankful.  This is the work the Lord has given me to do, and I am so glad.  I am the only one who can be our children's mother.  I am the only one who can be a help meet for my husband, and there is no one else better to take care of our own home.  Every day we have at home is a gift from the Lord. Let us not take it for granted.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to be Motivated for Day to Day Homemaking

How can we be motivated every day for taking care of our husbands, children, and homes?  I'm sure you, as I do, wake up some days and find it hard to want to get going, and maybe find it hard to get started.  Maybe we feel like we'd just like to sit around and waste time.  Maybe we are pulled away by social media or other distractions on the internet.  How do we get motivated?  Please join me on Raising Homemakers today where I answer this question.

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