Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
There is always someone who thinks you are strange because you do not follow the crowd, adopt the fashions, the latest hairstyles, or seek after a career. You can be minding your own business or be sober-minded and there will be someone accusing you of being mentally unstable.
I would not dream of calling someone "crazy" and I am astonished when someone tells someone they are mentally ill. If you are ever the recipient of such rudeness, it might shake you a little and you start to have some doubts about yourself. The purpose of such a remark is to discourage you and shake your confidence in who you are, in your choices, in the way you live and in your beliefs.
Before you become too devastated by such labeling or name-calling, focus on the things that someone else is calling "insane": sewing your own clothes, dressing femininely rather than masculinely (I am speaking of ladies), cooking your food from natural ingredients, teaching and training your children, caring for your home and family, being sensible with money, content to be home, not participating in the vices of the culture, etc. Is this what they are calling crazy? People who cannot think rationally are unable to do these things. To call someone "mentally unstable" is just an attempt to de-stabilize them.
The reason I like this verse is because of the phrase "a sound mind." It is reassuring to read the words, "a sound mind." If you have e-sword on your device, how about doing a New Testament word search for "sound" and "mind" and see what the Word says about them. We must judge our mental health by what God says, not by some wild accusation.
What do you think about this verse?
Friday, February 27, 2015
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Homemaking is a "high calling." Press forward toward that high calling!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
"For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." 1 Timothy 4:10
Sometimes we think that our trust in God will make life just perfect for us, but we forget that this trust will make those who are hostile to the Word reproach and ridicule. I heard a saying yesterday to the effect that, "If you are being laughed at or have pressure on you to conform to the rest of the world, you are probably doing something right."
It is not comfortable to be considered "strange" but when you decide to take the word of God seriously it makes others think you are strange. When you give up harmful vices that damage the home, others will not think you are normal. When you try to live a good, clean life and have a nice home life, it brings on suspicion and doubt.
This verse confirms this attitude:
"Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:" 1 Peter 4:4
In spite of the pressure others may put on ladies at home, life is mostly good and has enormous benefits. You will be loved and remembered for your contribution at home. In the commercial and industrial work area, your picture will not remain on the wall for long after you are replaced. But the home is deeply influenced for generations to come by the dedicated wife and mother. So keep doing what you are doing, because in time, you will see good results.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galations 6:9
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
-After I published this, my DH suggested that anyone who is wrestling with discouragement from troubling thoughts due to the barbs of others, should mentally list the things they have accomplished over the years that are good, or the things they are wanting to do that build up their homelife.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Violetby Jane TaylorDown in a green and shady bed,A modest violet grew;Its stalk was bent, it hung its headAs if to hide from view.And yet it was a lovely flower,Its colour bright and fair;It might have graced a rosy bower,Instead of hiding there.Yet thus it was content to bloom,In modest tints arrayed;And there diffused a sweet perfume,Within the silent shade.Then let me to the valley goThis pretty flower to see;That I may also learn to growIn sweet humility.VioletsBy L. Young Correthersfrom “These Blooming Rascals”Violets can be devastatingWhen they look up at you with faces sweetBreathing sheer poetry into the airMaking spring and life and love completeBut they also can be exasperatingAnd I’ll tell you why and when and where.Treat them too well—they run to leaf--Neglect them—then they come to griefBut whatever you do—under the groundThey send tough rootstocks round and roundUntil plants nearby are choked and bound.Yes—violets charm with their artlessnessBut underneath—they’re a perfect mess.