True Christian Motherhood Ebook Give-Away Posted on November 7th, 2011

Several years ago when I first started looking for encouraging “Titus-2-type” blogs, I came  across June Fuentes’ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home. It was such a breath of fresh air to read her posts about beautiful femininity, the blessing of children, being a godly wife and building a godly home. June’s writing has continued to bless me as her writing illustrates a hopeful picture of family life.

Over a year ago our family was blessed to meet the Fuentes family and spend some sweet time of fellowship together. Meeting June and seeing her interact with her family made everything that she had written that much sweeter. I could see the wisdom that the Lord had given her being fleshed out.
What a treat to now offer to one my readers June’s new eBook called True Christian Motherhood.

This ebook is a heartening work that will inspire you to follow the Lord, build your home on His truths, help you to develop a vision for beautiful womanhood, and how that will effect the culture of your home.

There are so many chapters that I thought, “Oh, this is my favorite chapter” and then I would read another chapter and think the same thing. So needless to say, I found the entire book a true joy. This book is timeless in it’s exhortation and would make a great gift for a new wife or mother, a wonderful guide to mentor another woman with, or to use as a bible study.

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Choose the Better Things, Part 2 Posted on October 25th, 2011

Stories by the Fire  |  Art Print by BreezyTulip's Studio

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We have been given our assignment: the wise woman is to build her home (Proverbs 14:1a).

As I mentioned in Part One, this means “nurturing and training our family. Building relationships that will endure and thrive in this chaotic world. Making the Lord Jesus Christ the center of your home.” But how does that look in the day-to-day life?

Well, since each of us are in different stages of life with varying ages and numbers of children it will look different in each home – but the principles in God’s word can be put into action in each of our homes.

Put Jesus Christ at the center of your life and everything you do. If you belong to Christ, you are not your own. Die to selfishness and live for Jesus Christ! This isn’t something that you do once and then have mastered. It is a daily decision, hourly and yes, at times, second by second. Selfishness tears down your house. Dying to yourself builds your home.

Titus 2:2-3 and Ephesians 5:33 talk about us respecting our husbands and showing Christ’s unconditional love. We need to work on this daily. Ladies, if you are having a hard time respecting/loving your husbands then you need to be praying for God’s help and asking Him to not only help you respect/love your husband more, but to reveal to you your character flaws so that you can begin dealing with them. Usually when we are having a hard time respecting/loving our husbands, our own attitudes are pretty rotten and we are not very lovable.

Then decide to respect/love your husband! Put it into action! Your children are watching you and taking notes on how to put that in practice in their own families one day. That should be enough of a motivation right there to get you headed on the right track. You are building your home every time you choose to honor your husband instead of getting frustrated.

Love those children that God has blessed you with. Spend time with your children. Speak words of life to them with kindness (Proverbs 15:1-2, 31:26). Talk to them about life, read great books to them, train them how to work and to be diligent. Not only what you say, but how you say it will reveal your heart attitude toward God and your children. These times of talking with your children can become wonderful times of growth for your children and yourself. With your husband, discipline your children biblically so that they understand right and wrong and what it means to respect authority.

If you find that your children are driving you crazy, then you really need to look at how you are disciplining them. Are you being consistent and teaching them to have a servant’s heart? Again, you need to model a servant’s heart toward every member of your family so that they will see it lived out and want to copy you. Well, they will copy you rather you are doing a good job or not. Again, great motivation!

Let your family see you being joyfully submissive and content. Be quick to ask forgiveness when you fail, and be quick to offer forgiveness when others sin against you.

Putting all these things into practice takes time and diligence. It is not a quick fix. It is a life-style founded on the Scriptures. It is a healthy dose of both stabilizing law and sanctifying love. It is the way to building up your home. It is being a wise woman.

“But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; But only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’” —Luke 10:41-42 (NASB)

 

This was originally posted at Raising Homemakers.



Choose the Better Things, Part 1 Posted on October 18th, 2011

Stories by the Fire  |  Art Print by BreezyTulip's Studio

Illustration Courtesy of BreezyTulip’s Studio

Thinking about homemaking brings to my mind many different ideas, but the main thing that stands out is the need for us mothers & wives to build our homes. The kind of building that you don’t see immediately with the eyes, but the kind that you understand with your heart.

Our homes do require a lot of work on our part to keep them running orderly and to be a healthy and thriving place to live, but let us not get so caught up in the workings of the home that we forget or neglect the better things. (Luke 10:40-42)

What are the better things? Nurturing and training our family. Building relationships that will endure and thrive in this chaotic world. Making the Lord Jesus Christ the center of your home.

We need to be building strong families that will serve the Lord and do the kingdom work that He has called each of us to do. As wives and mothers we have been given our assignment. You may want to run or hide from it like Jonah, but don’t—your family needs you.

If you are struggling in this area ask God to give you the desire and contentment that you need to see your job through to the end.

It will be well worth the eternal results.

Practical tips coming in part 2!

 

This post was originally posted at Raising Homemakers.

 



My Dear Sweet Savior….. Posted on January 18th, 2011

Joy Comes in the Morning

.…died and rose again to defeat death and to give new life! A new life that was given to my precious daughter, Emily Rose. Emily Rose shares her story of her death and new life on her blog today. Go read and know that the Savior is always at work and we must never underestimate His goodness.



Choose the Better Things, Part 2 Posted on January 8th, 2011

Stories by the Fire  |  Art Print by BreezyTulip's Studio

Illustration Courtesy of BreezyTulip’s Studio

We have been given our assignment: the wise woman is to build her home (Proverbs 14:1a).

As I mentioned in Part One, this means “nurturing and training our family. Building relationships that will endure and thrive in this chaotic world. Making the Lord Jesus Christ the center of your home.” But how does that look……..

Continue reading at Raising Homemakers!



Choose the Better Things, Part 1 Posted on January 7th, 2011

Stories by the Fire  |  Art Print by BreezyTulip's Studio

Illustration Courtesy of BreezyTulip’s Studio

Thinking about homemaking brings to my mind many different ideas, but the main thing that stands out is the need for us mothers & wives to build our homes. The kind of building that you don’t see immediately with the eyes…..

Continue reading at Raising Homemakers



I am not a mess . . . Posted on August 29th, 2010

. . . and this is unusual!

Every fall, every August, September and October of my life I have suffered with hayfever. And I am usually a mess.

This year, I am not a mess and it is not normal for me.

The only thing different this year is that I have gone “gluten-free” with my diet.

Yes, that is all that I have done. No medications, just no gluten.

Am I completely healed? No, I still sneeze occasionally and blow my nose. But for someone with severe hayfever symptoms the key word here is occasionally.

So we are doing a happy dance in our home and Kleenex brand can just keep a bigger supply of tissues this year.

Squeals!



Year of the Pie Give-Away Posted on July 19th, 2010

My dear sister, Lou, is hosting a give-away of a set of her handmade hot pads and dish rags over at her blog Yarns of Life.

The giveaway is to celebrate the ending of her Year of the Pie posts. For the past year she has made a different pie every week and blogged about it. Thankfully, I have been able to get in on a few of her pies and be a taste tester. My absolute favorite pie was the Sugar Cream Pie. Oh, it was wonderful! It was so yummy that it will have to be a holiday pie, the kind where you shouldn’t eat it more than once a year.

Go to this post on her blog where she tells you what you need to do to enter her give-away.

The knitted dish rags are from another project she started last year – learning how to knit. She has progressed from knitting dish cloths to socks to a beautiful lacy shawl. She has posted her knitting projects throughout her blog over the past year as well.

You know what I love about her pie series and her knitting projects? She resolved to learn how to make a better pie and to learn how to knit, and she did it! These are both skills that have and will continue to bless her family and others.

Maybe you are in a season in your life where you are able to learn a new skill. What have you been wanting to learn to do?