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You are loved and lovely and being a homemaker and keeper at home is precious work. Never be persuaded otherwise or allow the enemy to come in and flood your thoughts out of your home and wash away your commitment to improve and be strengthened in your role as the wife: helper to your husband, the keeper of the home, the mother of children and the light and joy of the family. You're worth it. Be an excellent homemaker. Your family is worth it! Do good things daily!

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Kathryn's letters & photographs from her work in Africa

Timothy's missionary work in Ghana, West Africa

From a young age, Timothy knew the LORD had called him to be a missionary. The Lord has been only faithful and Timothy's been faithful to his calling. I would like to recount for you a miracle the Lord performed and I would like to share with you the joy we have in walking with our faithful Lord.

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.
Praise ye the LORD.
psalm 113.9

A Faithful Christian Wife

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O, to be A Faithful Christian Wife!  I was reading some different articles and a thought struck me: how will I be remembered?   And then I was mulling over some more aspects of this— I don’t know what first sparked line of thinking, but it’s led me to reflect on the life of a precious sister in the LORD who has dedicated her life to her husband and family – most notably and obviously in the recent years of her husband’s complete physical disability.  Then, the other day when our son drove off to school I was standing on the porch wondering what I’d ever done for him and if I’d remembered to tell him this thing or teach him that thing; I couldn’t, at that time, recall a significant thing I’d done to help him—everything seemed so incomplete.  And then, my husband had some appointments and some things to do and I wondered am I doing all I can for him––am I truly a help meet, or fitted, for him?  Then I had to decide to move on from all this wallowing and reflection and get busy.  I needed to look well to the ways of my household for the idle hands weren’t helping the mind to “think on these things” of the Word.  I continued to mull over the thoughts and sift them through Scripture as I worked. 

She was a faithful Christian wife.

I looked up that phrase through a Google search and you know what came up? Yes, hundreds of links – links to obituaries.  You know the sort that start out something like, “We’ll never forget, Dorothy (or insert your own name here),  as she was such a good woman –a good mother and she was… She was a faithful Christian wife.  So that’s the eulogy, that’s the obituary, but what about the life?  What was it or what did she do to demonstrate that or warrant that tribute and those accolades?
 
That description, “She was a faithful Christian wife,” is full of significance as each of the words carry a very important meaning and charge.

Faithful,  Christian, Wife and, Was.  She was.  That means that at another time she might well have been talked about or introduced: she IS a faithful Christian wife.   Not just she is a wife, or she is a Christian, or she is faithful, but: she IS a faithful…Christian…wife.

O, to be today: a faithful Christian wife.

What does the Word say to us wives about the faithfulness of a faithful wife.  Let’s think about a few verses and the deep importance and significance of faithfulness and what it looks like.

One of the significant measures is how her husband sees her or what he thinks of her:

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her…”
 –Proverbs 31.11 

And what does she do to earn that trust?

 “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
–Proverbs 31.12 

 

This sort of “doing him good” comes from faith and we know that faith is a gift of God.  This woman isn’t faithful because her husband loves her, he loves her because she is faithful.  She’s not remembered as a faithful wife because she told others she was faithful, she’s remembered as being faithful because her life demonstrated faith-a faith that was visible-a faith other could see.  She’s remembered as a wife with that description: faithful, because she was seen as both loyal to God and loyal to her husband.  Otherwise she just might have been remembered as a nice woman, a hard worker, a good cook, etc., etc.  But something about her –her character, her behaviour and her dedication to her husband influenced that description: “a faithful Christian wife.”

That must mean that there’s much more to her life than simply what her husband thinks of, or thought of, her…

What do others see in her or about her?  Her words and behaviour tell a lot about what she thinks of her husband… this is what others see.  When a woman looks well to the ways of her household, we needn’t look far to see the qualities that are demonstrated in the life and work of a “faithful Christian wife.”  From the Proverbs we learn important homekeeping guidelines and it’s where we can glean some gems… gems of great value: far above rubies — qualities of bringing, giving, extending, reaching, seeking, making, rising up, looking well, etc.   It may be that we didn’t receive or follow training in our childhood or schooling—many of us didn’t have models of true homemaking—but we see the loving LORD has provided us examples of what we need, what we can learn to do and what we can strive to accomplish in the life we have today.  Above all, we see the imperative of faith and fear of the LORD.  We see that this “faithful Christian wife” is looking well to the ways of her household— she doesn’t give into dread and anxiety.  She’s been working diligently to know the ways of her home and has looked around, behind and ahead for what is needed for her home and family… and in doing so, the sweet result is that the heart of her husband safely trusts in her. 
 

Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Proverbs  31.25

That’s the kind of woman who is eulogized as a faithful Christian wife.  Those words are the fruit of her hands… and she’s praised in the gates.

 How will you be remembered?

Spurgeon on Mothers

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was England’s best-known preacher for most of the latter half of the nineteenth century – Spurgeon was twenty years old when he became the pastor of London’s New Park Street Church. Imagine that, at twenty years old! The motto of Spurgeon’s ministry and Metropolitan Tabernacle church in London England was, “We Preach Christ and Him Crucified. Here’s a small taste of what he concluded

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Motherhood, A Call To Carry On

Motherhood: A Call to Carry On

Carry on, Dear Sisters. When you’re drop dead tired and there’re still several hours and as many chores left to do at the end of the day: Carry on. When you have so much to do you don’t know how you’ll do it all: Carry on. When you have so many needs to fill and seemingly not enough resources to

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Meet Him In The Morning

Dearest Sister~

It truly is a joy to me to share with other sisters in the LORD the good things He has done and is doing in our midst. Though we cannot always see or understand the workings of the LORD, He is, indeed, at work and all God’s ways are good. We can count on Him for that.

Consider being at the

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Recent Posts: the welcome home blog

Our House Our Welcome Home

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We stepped inside the front doorway of our new house nineteen years ago. From that moment, this nearly one hundred year old farmhouse felt like home to me. In my notebook that I carried most everywhere I went was a page of notes — prayer requests, actually. And among those requests were *specific details — astonishingly, right before my eyes, most everything in and about this home that day. I realized that the Lord had, in His merciful kindness allowed me to write that list, pray over it and wait on Him. It was also in His merciful kindness that He would provide or answer those requests.

That list was made as a result of talking with my sister in law about the non-availing search for a home for our family — her thoughtful, encouraging suggestion was that I just write out a request and lay it before the Lord. She encouraged me to write it out seeing that He already knew my heart and more importantly, that He already knew what we needed and, Providentially, His own answer to those needs.

The day I first walked through this home, […]

Pamela’s Guacamole Dip

In light of Cinco de Mayo, mañana… here you go – a guacamole recipe to go with whatever you’re fixing (you can make it with lower/no fat mayo and it will work just fine). O, and don’t forget to get a bag of *Juanita’s Chips or fry your own *flour tortillas that you’ve cut into wedges. *These are not THM 😉 ♥

Guacamole Recipe Type: Dip Cuisine: Mexican Author: ♥ pamela Prep time: 20 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 8 cups Guacamole dip for chips, taco salad, etc., Ingredients 5 Large Avocados 2 tomatoes 1 small yellow onion 2 cans olives 1-1/2 cups chunky salsa (your preference mild or hot) * 1 T. minced garlic 2 tsp. Tajin Clasico Seasoning 1 tsp. garlic salt 2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce 1 cup Mayonnaise Salt and Pepper – to taste Instructions Mash avocados in bowl—if using small avocados, then you’ll need to get a few more. Put the Salsa into a screen mesh colander over a bowl to drain off liquid. Save that liquid for adding to Mexican rice, taco soup or taco/burrito/enchilada meat. Finely dice tomatoes and kinda squeeze them out as you lift them into the bowl. Finely […]

Sincerely wrong. The IBLP-ATI Years.

Another IBLP/ATI article has surfaced… and brings to mind so many memories tonight. As many of you know, for several years, beginning in the late eighties, our family was involved in attending and subscribing to the Institute in Basic Life Principles and then for a few years with the home school program, ATI – the Advanced Training Institute. It is very easy to distance ourselves from both IBLP & ATI today — but there was a time in the early days, it would have been unthinkable (I’ve written about this a number of times as referenced below). It would have been unthinkable to question the material, motives and authorities in ATI. I think that’s probably the case for other former IBLP/ATI families, by the way. Even though, from time to time, a couple of other families we knew would talk over some ATI issues or problematic areas.

ATI was a time of eager desire, a time of striving, a time of sincere effort to be and do all we could possibly do to be a godly family, to be wise parents raising up a generation of bright and cheerful, obedient and attentive, grateful and radiant children. […]

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