Monday, February 20, 2017

Appreciate Your Husband


Dear Ladies at Home,

If you have a husband who goes to work every day to make the living, you have a fine treasure indeed!  Especially in our day and age, where there is much pressure for women to work also, and there is added financial stress on husbands due to all of the government's taxation on their income, a husband who provides the living is a hero.  Even though this is his God-given duty, it will bless him immensely to hear you express your appreciation in this area.  Make sure you let him know every day how much you appreciate his hard work to provide the income so that you (and your children, if you have them), can have your needs met. 

In appreciating your husband, make sure to do your best every day to make a welcoming home for him to return to.  There will be days we don't have as much success as we like, but we should make every effort to attend well to the children, keep a clean and orderly home, and have nice meals on the table.  But don't forget the important part of actually expressing your appreciation to your husband in words, with sincerity.

There are many more things to appreciate your husband for, and I will try to write another post on this soon.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

What Saith the Scriptures?



Are we ever guilty of saying the Word of God does not speak on a subject when it actually does?  I have heard this several times:  The Scriptures do not speak on this matter.  But in reality, they do.  Does the Lord not give us instructions on important life matters?

I submit to you that He does.  However, some times we are unwilling to listen.  We may even have something pointed out to us--specific Scriptures to address our situation, maybe even church history to show what beliefs have been passed down through time.  But are we willing to listen to the Lord's counsel, or His commands?  We must not be stubborn and unwilling to listen to the very Word of God.

If we are ignorant on a subject, should we not search the Scriptures and ask the Lord for wisdom?  (James 1:5)  Or would we rather have the wisdom of men instead?  This wisdom is not comparable to the Lord's perfect wisdom!  (1 Corinthians 2:5-6, 1 Corinthians 3:19)

Or perhaps we have a lack of faith, or unbelief.  If we have been shown what Scripture says on a particular matter, yet we do not follow the Lord because of fear, this is surely a lack of faith!  We must pray: Lord increase my faith (Luke 17:5).  Then we must trust in the Lord as we walk in steps of obedience.


Perhaps we see what everyone else around us is doing--the world--or even, perhaps, our fellow believers.  We see that they are going one way, and we are tempted to follow because it's the easiest way.  However, when we know what is right to do because we've read it in the Word, we need to do it.  The Lord has not called us to a life of ease or comfort, though He does bless and care for His children.  We must know that we need to follow Him regardless of what everyone else is doing or failing to do.

And we must follow the Lord with humbleness of mind, with a holy fear and awe of His greatness.  We must not walk in pride, but in humility, remembering that it is the Lord Who has purchased us with His very blood.

Following the Lord may not always be easy, but easy should not be our goal.  We must have our eyes on Jesus, trusting in Him as we follow His will for us, even when others around us are doing something else and do not understand.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Enjoying the Warm Weather

The weather here has been like Spring.  The days have been so warm, we've had our windows open all day.  I had meal planning to do this evening, but the children beckoned me to come see the sunset.  It really was beautiful.  What a wonderful, creative God we serve.

After watching the beautiful sunset, the children started a game of dodge ball, just like we would play with Daddy.  Instead of them chasing him though, the children were going after me.  Creative said I was like a little girl the way I was screaming and running away.  Well, it is good to stay youthful :)

After a little while, the ball bounced off somebody and went into the neighbor's yard.  So we then had a game of freeze tag.  I'm sure we stayed out much too late, as it was way past dinnertime when we finally came in.  I whipped up some blueberry pancakes with sprouted flour, and we had a late dinner.  But I suppose these spontaneous times are needed occasionally.  I  know we all had fun.
 

Life is so busy right now and much is on my mind.  It seems there are always trials in life, and the Lord deals more to some than others.  While making dinner, I put on some Scripture Songs and was reminded of the promises and goodness of God, and comforted by the Psalms.

When in a trial, it also does good to go over the things you have to be thankful for.  Some of my list right now:  my wonderful, Godly husband; my beautiful and special children; God's provision; God's sovereignty; times of joy and fun; being able to run around with the children; and having our good and gracious Heavenly Father on our side.


I hope you are well, my dear readers ♥

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Children, God's Gifts

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Family planning is the mother of abortion. A generation had to be indoctrinated in the ideal of planning children around personal convenience before abortion could become popular. We Christians raise an outcry against abortion today, and rightly so. But THE REASON WE HAVE TO FIGHT THOSE BATTLES TODAY IS BECAUSE WE LOST THEM 30 YEARS AGO. Once couples began to look upon children as creatures of their own making, who they could plan into their lives as they chose or not, all reverence for human life was lost. Children as God's gifts whom we humbly receive are one thing; children as articles of our own manufacturing are another. You can do anything you like with what you yourself have made.

~Mary Pride in The Way Home
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Quietness of Children

Sleeping Child, Greenaway
All the children have been in bed for awhile, but breaking the quiet of the night, I heard little Shining Light crying.  She would start, then stop, and then start again.  I went to see what was the matter.

For the past several nights, she's been snuggled up next to little Child of Truth, by their choice and agreement.  Sisters are such blessings when they get along nicely.  When I opened the door and spoke softly to Shining Light, she stopped crying out, but I could see the tears trickling down her tender face.  Her soft little eyes were open, sleepily, and she started to tell me how she saw a "dirt road" and something else...she had been dreaming.  I spoke gently to her that it's okay...and rubbed her tiny back while she dozed off to sleep again.

As I sat on the floor by the bed, I listened to the soft sounds of the clock ticking and several of our children breathing quietly.  I looked at all their peaceful, sleeping faces and thought of what miracles they are, every one of them, and how amazing it is that the Lord entrusts us with such souls.

How easily we forget, in our day-to-day rush of life, the important things that have been given to us...Like the raising and training of children's souls, like husbands, like wives...our dear family that we are around every day and are either showing Christ to...or not.  How we need the Lord's help hour by hour, moment by moment, to do well in the place He has put us.

This is what I thought of, as I paused there by my little daughter's bed.  The days and years are so fleeting.  There are so many temporary things we must contend with, but their souls, their souls will go on forever.  Let us take heed and remember, mothers. ~Ephesians 5:15-17

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

10 Reasons to Not Plan Your Family Size

Baby
  1.  The Lord, in His holy Scriptures, calls children blessings.
  2.  He calls them a reward.  Why would we not want a reward from the Lord?  Would we refuse any other reward from Him?  A bigger house?  A newer car?
  3.  There are no Scriptures supporting the use of birth control.
  4.  The only mention of any sort of birth control (deliberately preventing a child from being conceived), follows with the Lord killing the man who committed the act.
  5.  We see many Scriptures that describe how the Lord opens and closes the womb.  He is in control.
  6.  If we claim to believe in the sovereignty of God, how can we deny His sovereignty in the the life He creates in the womb?
  7.  When we have children, we have little disciples around us all day in the home, whom we can teach in the ways of the Lord.
  8.  What better way to spread the Gospel than by sending forth shining lights from our own homes?
  9.  When we have the attitude of not wanting another baby because "circumstances aren't right", "finances are tight", or "it's just too hard", we are having the same attitude of people who kill their children in the womb.
  10.  Up until the early 20th century, the Protestant church was completely opposed to couples using birth control and considered it sin.  Why has this changed?  I suspect a couple of reasons.  Firstly, the church, at large, has become more like the world and has adapted its values in many areas.  Also, I believe birth control became more readily accepted so women could go out to work outside the home--something else that is not Scriptural.  With couples being able to "choose" when and how many babies to have, it freed up women to go out into the workforce, therefore weakening the family with mothers away from home.
Baby

Let us pray that the Lord's church will return to His ways of family life and strengthen our families so we can bring Him glory through our home life.

Recommended resources:

The Way Home
The Bible and Birth Control
Children are a Blessing
The Bible and Birth Control audio recording

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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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