Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Very Early in the Morning


The last few days I have been woken up by myself coughing.  I, and most of the rest of the family, have a cold, that maybe is a cold, or maybe something worse. It's the kind that leaves you so tired, that you just want to lay down and sleep.

When I've woken up these past few nights, however, I am kept awake by the strangest thing!  A little bird is singing its morning song, at the time when everyone should be sleeping.  There is just the slightest bit of light coming in to what I think should be a still-dark sky.  But nevertheless, it is not, here.  Summer is approaching, and I must get used to this new occurrence of long, length of days in the northern part of the world.  The little birdie and the approaching sunrise keep me awake for awhile.  The time ticks on, and more birds join the one little songster, and my mind is tricked into thinking it is later than it is.

Eventually, I fall back asleep, only to find myself waking up much too late!  But nevertheless, it is a new day, a day from the Lord, whether it started much too late or too early.  So on I must go in this new day I've been given, praying for the Lord to help me to do what is right.

Spring is here, and it is beautiful in all its green plant life and glorious flowers.  Curious Pup has come to join us too.


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

One Day Your Daughters will Grow Up



In day-to-day life, in the busyness of the home, we may have a tendency to lose track of what is most important. There is laundry to wash, fold, and put away. There is mending to be done, academics to teach to our children, three meals to provide for hungry bellies every day. There is shopping to attend to, meals to be planned, husbands to support and encourage, and of course spend time with. Not to mention all the unexpected things that pop up in our every day lives. These things are a part of our homemaking duties and are good, worthwhile things. We should be happy to do all of these things and more at home, even if we do not find each one of them pleasant.

But in all of our toiling and sacrificing for our families, we must keep the future in mind.  You can read the rest of today's post at Raising Homemakers.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Taking a Road Less Travelled



Dear Mothers at Home,

In our current times, we must be aware that this road we have chosen--the path to raise our daughters to be homemakers--is a road less travelled.  Please join me today at Raising Homemakers where I discuss this important issue.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shuddering with Horror


If you have not heard the news already, I wanted to share with you what Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies sent out yesterday.  I am sure she would not mind me sharing in order to get the word out.  I don't like to follow politics or the news much, but when it involves standing up for and praying for the helpless members of society, I think it is Biblical for Christian women to do so.

Nancy writes:

Can you believe it? After President Trump and Republican leaders promised to defund Planned Parenthood, they have now gone ahead and given $500 million to this baby killing organization. They have fulfilled Hilly Clinton's promise instead. It's hard to take in.

Planned Parenthood is the Auschwitz of our country. They kill over 320,000 babies every year! And then they have the audacity to sell the baby organs to make more money-precious limbs, livers, hearts, brains, eyes, and even whole heads! And they even have a law suit against David Daleiden, the brave young man who exposed what they are doing. What is his crime? Telling the truth.

We can't let this go without standing up for what is right. We must always stand for life. God is for life. He is the author of life, but Satan hates life and wants to kill, rob, and destroy.

What can you do? Pray above everything else. Pray for repentance among our national leaders for helping to kill babies. Pray for God to change their hearts. Pay for leaders who will stand for truth. Pray for pastors and clergy who will stand for truth. Pray together as a family each day.

And pray in your churches? Did your church pray about this matter on Sunday?

And be a voice. Go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ where you can leave a message for President Trump. Tell him that you expected him to keep his promise. Tell him to stand up for life and do something to defund Planned Parenthood.

Phone your senators. Go to:
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/2/1629046/-Call-your-senator-Phone-numbers-for-every-office-of-every-U-S-senator

Phone your congressmen. Go to: https://www.house.gov/representatives

If you would prefer to email, click on the name of your representative which will take you to where you can email them. I both emailed a message and phoned my senators and representatives.

By the way, why did I say I was shuddering with horror? Paul writes in Romans 12:9: "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." The Greek word "abhor" is very strong and means "to shudder with horror." Is there anything more horrifying than the killing of unborn innocent lives? If it doesn't make us shudder, we should ask God to soften our hearts to beat with His heart.

Proverbs 31:8, 9 exhorts us: "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and please the cause of the poor and needy."

Did you notice that this Scripture doesn't tell you to keep your mouth closed, but to OPEN YOUR MOUTH!

Make your voice heard.

Thanks for standing for life,

Nancy Campbell
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charles Spurgeon on Sunday School


"Nowadays, the world has in it, alas, so few of Christian mothers and grandmothers, the church has thought it wise to supplement the instruction of home by teaching held under her fostering wing. Those children who have no such parents the church takes under her maternal care.. . . They endeavor to perform the duties of fathers and mothers, for God's sake, to those children who are neglected by their own parents; and therein they do well. Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that the Sunday-school is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for the Christian parents to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

~Charles Spurgeon "The Child Timothy and His Teachers." Come Ye Children.
Perhaps this is one of the Church's grave errors in our modern times.  Many Christian parents are guilty of doing just what Charles Spurgeon long ago warned parents against.  They are neglecting their duty to train up their own children, and instead leave it to the church, Sunday School programs, and send them off to school during the week.

But whose job is it to raise our children?  Who will bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  Who knows our children best and will stand before the Lord in accountability?  Exactly whom the Lord gave the job to.  Parents.  No one is better suited.

Sunday School is a wonderful thing for children who have no Christian parents, just as Charles Spurgeon states.  But Sunday School was never meant to replace the family altar, the parents teaching their children the truths of the Bible.  Let us never be guilty of neglecting our duty.  Let us never do something just because others are doing it, even in the church.  Let us remember the purpose of Sunday Schools, and remember it is our own duty to teach our children.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Meek and Quiet Spirit


Are you doing everything you can to have a meek and quiet spirit?  Are you truly being your husband's help meet, or do you expect him to cater to you?

I am not writing this to women who are in abusive situations.

As women, it is easy for some of us to become selfish and demanding in day to day life.  We need to examine ourselves and see if we are seeking our husband's good instead of pursuing our own interests.  If we have concerns, there are times to bring them up, if we can do that while keeping a meek and quiet spirit, and also knowing it is of utmost importance.

If we have husbands that so generously want to please us, we may get into the bad habit of being demanding, instead of keeping a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price (1 Peter 3:4).  We can wear our husbands out with our good intentions of pointing out every little thing to them that we think needs fixing or changing.

Instead, we need to have a view to respect, admire, appreciate, and accept our husbands, just as they are.  Then they can feel free to be themselves around us, and know that we support them like no one else does!  (Of course, we never support or submit to sin, but we should never have a self-righteous attitude about it either.)

Prayer is a wonderful thing as we take our concerns to the Lord Who knows all, and certainly knows better than we.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Foundation to Improve Your Family's Health


Many years ago, when my children and I suffered from health problems, I took them to the doctor for help.  But I was either only offered prescriptions to mask the symptoms, or was given no help at all because the doctors had no answers.  After this, I began to research how I could naturally help my family be healthy, and a big majority of my research pointed to what we were eating!  Through God's loving providence, I learned about eating a traditional foods diet and began to implement what I was learning.  We saw dramatic improvements to our health.

I am forever grateful to the organization and work of Dr. Weston A. Price, who pioneered the research into the diets of traditional people groups several years ago.  There is now a foundation (WAPF) in his name that has made it their mission to spread the message and research on healthy eating, and you can join and be a part of the foundation.  I have been a member for several years and greatly appreciate their work and information, so I wanted to let you know that they are offering a discount in March of $10 for new members ($30 for US and $40 for non-US).

WAPF as a group is able to accomplish things that as individuals we can never do alone.
  • WAPF has helped bring traditional foods back to the plate—fermented veggies, raw milk, grass-fed meat, bone broth and more!
  • WAPF has been active in gaining greater access to these foods by backing supportive legislation and connecting food producers with consumers such that the availability of these foods has increased dramatically.
  • WAPF has supported the scientific validation of these foods through articles and research which helps people appreciate the value of these foods and eat them.
See even more things they do at: http://bit.ly/memberoverview

Please support this organization by becoming a member. Membership dollars help them continue their work. You will benefit by getting their quarterly journal, shopping guide and can join their members-only Facebook group. To join:http://bit.ly/membercheckout

If you join, please send me an email to let me know, at blessedhomemaking dot gmail dot com.


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Monday, February 26, 2018

Time to Buy Skirts


Hello Ladies at Home,

Have you been looking for modest skirts in the stores but have been unable to find them?  I know how difficult that can be!  Many of the skirts in-store are too short or too tight.

One of Blessed Homemaking's sponsors, New Creation Apparel has shared that several of their most desired skirts are now re-stocked.

Also, other favorite skirts will be re-made for summer, and new and popular designs will be posted shortly!

Be sure to check out their "close-out" items for exceptional value while they last!
New Creation Apparel also has several styles of maternity skirts which are so comfortable that customers who are not pregnant, enjoy wearing them.

I am very thankful for companies like New Creation Apparel that make dressing modestly and femininely a reality in our modern times.  They are a wonderful company with quality and affordable apparel.





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Thursday, February 15, 2018

It’s Time to Sew: Patchwork Projects for the Holidays




Today we have a guest contribution post from Sally.

Sewing is an activity that many homemakers find relaxing, healthy and even spiritual in nature. Whether you’re repairing a minor problem with some clothes or you’re focusing fully on a patchwork project to display on the walls of your home, the absorbing nature of the task can be a meditative experience.

It's written in the Letter to the Hebrews that we should "make every effort to live in peace with everyone", and that starts in the home. Not only is the task of sewing a natural way to wind down, framing your creation and placing it on the wall can help give your home a holy, peaceful ambience. There are plenty of ways that your sewing can be customised to fit the religious holiday seasons,
too. In this post, we’ll share some of our favourite ideas.

Lent and Easter
Peace and relaxation is important for any home. In the book of Samuel, David tells his men to meet others with the greeting "peace be to you, and peace be to your house".

For instance, relaxing and calming indoor fountains are a great feature to add to ensure a calm atmosphere, which is essential at any time of the year, but even more important during the holidays when spirituality is key. Easter time is the most important part of the year for many Christian families, and it’s common for homemakers to create Easter baskets and other special displays to create a spiritual atmosphere. But have you considered sewing some special patchworks to display around your home at Easter?

Depicting scenes from those books of the Bible which tell the many stories of Easter, such as the Gospel of Mark, is one option. And if you would like to have a mixture of religious and nature-based works, why not consider designing a quilt or patchwork which celebrates new life? Sites like Etsy are excellent resources for finding designs, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Christmas

In honor of the story of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus Christ when he was born in Bethlehem, Christians have continued the tradition of exchanging gifts at Christmas time.

Patchworks are the ideal gift for many people, as each one is truly unique. And while some family members may not be looking to display designs on their walls at home, there’s no reason why you can’t customise your sewing. If you’re making gifts for children or grandchildren, why not design a beautiful and modern patchwork quilt that they can add to their bed linen box?

If you’re part of a circle of homemakers, why not consider a patchwork exchange for Christmas? Under this system each person makes just one item, and then each person receives another one in return. That way, you can focus fully on just one gift while ensuring that each person receives a thoughtful present they will treasure for a long time to come.

As is written in the book of Luke, "whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!'" No matter what time of year it is or what holiday you're celebrating, it is important to live out this principle by creating a calm atmosphere for you, your family and your guests. No matter what you plan to sew, patchwork is the perfect way to achieve this aim.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Against the Proletarization of Women ~ Antonia Cunningham, 2003



Until the latter half of the nineteenth century, the American family was viewed and regarded as a legitimate sphere of powerful economic and influential government, complete with land, an armed defense, a covenant head, and that covenant head's subjects. (The word "economy" literally means the law of the home.) Christian men often held positions as statesmen and justices in the civil sphere as well as ruling positions in the ecclesiastical sphere.

However, as men became influenced by the Jacobin, egalitarian philosophy of the French Revolution and began to follow Unitarian religious philosophy rather than the Calvinism of their eighteenth century Puritan heritage, the family began to be much less influential. Biblical covenantalism and federalism gave way to anti-biblical democratic individualism.

The doctrine that a woman's place is in the home was as recently as 50 years ago held by most Americans, not just Christians. It was only challenged when the humanistic Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s began to influence our nation.

Marriage is an economic institution. God has created the woman to be the helper of man, not to be a provider. The woman is an object of provision - otherwise the man's role as provider is meaningless. If the husband is not providing for the home, he should be severely rebuked and disciplined by the Church, until he demonstrates that he is providing for his wife. However, it is just as wrong for the wife to provide physical food for the home in response to her husband’s abdication as it would be for women to provide spiritual food to the congregation if male elders are teaching heresy. It was Adam who was given instruction to till the ground and provide.



As politically incorrect as the biblical view for the woman's place in the home is today, the biblical mandate on this issue (as any other) must be upheld, and God's Supreme Law-Word must be obeyed over the rules of men (Acts 5:29). When the Bible gives examples of women working, this work is always home-based. Some examples are Dorcas (Acts 9:36–42), Lydia (Acts 16:14,15,40), and the woman of Proverbs 31.

A married woman who works for another man is literally forced to obey two economic masters, and is consequently unable to be subject to her husband in everything as the Lord commands (Eph. 5:24). The husband also disobeys the Lord when he gives his wife to another for economic support. He is no longer providing for his wife. Instead, another man is now providing for her, and she is in his charge. On a collective level, this abdication leads to the tyranny of socialism and statism, a phenomenon that is increasingly prevalent in the United States as biblical, familial, ecclesiastical, and civil federalism and localism continue to be eroded by antinomian pietism, secular humanism, and mob rule.

As shown in Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto, one of the first objectives of socialism is to seize private property that God has authoritatively and graciously given to mankind through the positive sanctions of His eighth commandment. One of the ways a socialist society is built is through taking the woman out of her biblical, natural sphere of the home and placing her in the workforce alongside the men - all in the name of an economic and social egalitarian, utopian ideal.

It is already clear at this point that the emancipation of woman, her equalisation with man, is and remains impossible so long as the woman is excluded from the productive work of society and remains restricted to private household work. The emancipation of woman first becomes possible when she is able on an extensive, social scale, to participate in production, and household work claims her attention only to an insignificant extent. And this for the first time has been made possible by large scale industry, which not only admits women’s labor over a wide range, but absolutely demands it, and also strives to transform private household work more and more into public industry ~ Friedrich Engels, co-author of The Communist Manifesto

I believe there is a direct correlation between feminist careerism and the high property taxes that are forced upon property owners today. Unemployment skyrocketed in the 1960s when women left the home and men were forced to compete with women for employment. Herein lies another reason why I believe a woman should not leave the sphere of the home to work. We cannot, in good Christian conscience, be employed in jobs that men need for the support of their wives and children. 



A married woman is employed in the most important job in the world. She works in her and her husband’s home - under their vine and fig tree, on their land, under God's primary and her husband's secondary federal and economic authority. No firm can pay a woman to care for children or an elderly parent. No business can pay a salary worthy of a woman praying with a hurting sister over muffins and coffee at 11:00 a.m. on a Tuesday. No president of a company can pay a wife to give her husband a much-needed foot massage after a good, hard day's work. No CEO in any corporation can pay a woman to make a home-cooked meal for her family or for a bedridden brother in Christ.

During the War for Southern Independence 140 years ago, many black Confederates fought for the freedom to be stewards of their own land and that of their masters, refusing to be subjected to the tyranny of a coercive, centralized Unitarian State in the name of emancipation. In the same way, let us, as married women, contend for our God-given right to be full-time housewives to our husbands and servants to other members of the Body of Christ, forsaking the world's current administration of centralized government, socialism, and statism.

To be sure, I am in no way saying that a woman should be confined to the home or that she cannot make money from the home. Indeed, this is the hallmark of the Proverbs 31 woman. I believe that as long as it does not interfere with the work of the home, the wife is also free to work in her husband’s office or with him in a partnership situation (such as a legal or medical practice). I teach and have taught piano lessons from our home for some time in order to earn money for the household. However, this is not meant to be provisional income (as our role as women is that of helper and not provider), but income used for the improvement and beautification of the home. I am under deep biblical conviction that this economic arrangement serves not only to protect women from their usurping, independent, sinful tendencies, but also protects the man from his sinful tendency of abdication. This type of administration also collectively fulfills the dominion mandate, since it helps to benefit society as a whole and strengthen familial government. 



It is no wonder that so many evangelical Christian women today are entering seminaries with what I believe is mostly a sincere desire to provide spiritual nourishment to starving, backslidden, or apostate congregations; this same generation of women has been told the lie that it is their responsibility to provide economically for their own households. It is inconsistent to tell women that they may not have a career in the pulpit or in the armed services (this includes combative roles) if we as a Church are unwilling to specifically tell women that their role or "career" is to be their husband's helper as keeper of the home. Egalitarian roles in the powerful and influential sphere of the family will inexorably create a secular humanistic state, leading to both spiritual and economic slavery and tyranny (1 Sam 8:1-18; Isaiah 3:1-12). The only way to avoid this tyranny is for married women to be keepers at home, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed (Titus 2:4).

I would give a woman not more rights, but more privileges. Instead of sending her to seek such freedom as notoriously prevails in banks and factories, I would design specially a house in which she can be free. ~ G.K. Chesterton



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