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The Devil Wants Women Out of the Home

The Devil Wants Women Out of the Home

“Why does the devil want women out of the home? So he can get his claws on the children. He wants to steer them towards his ways. It’s the mother who protects the children from the lies of the deceiver” (Nancy Campbell). God is clear in His Word that He wants women to be keepers at home (Titus 2:5) but women rebel against this today. They don’t want to be keepers at home since this isn’t valued in our culture. No, only making money is valued in our culture. Raising the next generation is not.

God tells us that women are to be keepers at home so they don’t blaspheme the Word of God. What does this mean? It means that when mothers aren’t keepers at home, their children are with people who are not their mothers. God gave mothers to children to protect and nurture them. Children are not nearly as safe when they aren’t with their mothers. This blasphemes the word of God since God wants children safely at home with their mothers.

Mothers are to teach and train their children in the ways of the Lord. When they are not with their children full time, they can’t do this and the children are being influenced by those who don’t love and care for them like their own mothers do. Those caring for the children are most likely working for a salary and don’t have the children’s best interest in mind. Yes, there are many great teachers and preschool workers but they can’t possibly fill the role of a mother in the children’s lives. There is just no way.

Children are exposed to garbage away from a godly mother’s home. They hear things they shouldn’t hear. They see things they shouldn’t see. Yes, Satan is getting his claws into the children and if mothers aren’t around to protect their children, no one will. God wants mothers to be keepers at home to raise up their children in the Lord.

The healthiest and happiest children are those who have been raised up by godly mothers full time. They are secure in who they are in Christ and haven’t been marred by the Devil and his schemes. They are prepared to go out into the world and be salt and light instead of trying to heal the wounds from their childhood.

Women are safer in their homes than out in the workforce. They don’t have to worry about sexual harassment and abuse, plus hearing and seeing things that are opposed to God’s Word and what He commands that we dwell upon: the good, the lovely, and the pure. Their marriages are stronger since they aren’t exhausted from working out of the home all day and giving their energies to others. They can be busy at home and make it a beautiful place for their families, friends, and visitors.

Go home, women. Yes, God will provide a way. Seek His wisdom in prayer and He promises to give it. He wants you home with your children.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

*Photo by Daniel Gerhartz

Are Homeschooling Mothers Arrogant and Not Intelligent?

Are Homeschooling Mothers Arrogant and Not Intelligent?

On a recent post about homeschooling (which had some great discussion in the comment section you may want to read), one comment written by Jessica, a mother of ten children, stood out to me that was in response to this comment made by Michelle.

“I am a teacher in a Christian school. The reason we chose not to homeschool is because we want our children taught by qualified instructors. I have a K-6 Certification with an endorsement in Middle School History. I am not arrogant enough to think I can teach my children all they need to know. My son’s Algebra II teacher is a math major, and his science teacher has a double major in chemistry and physics. They are much better qualified than me. His dad can still help him a little bit in math, but I have no idea how to do those math problems. Before you say all he needs is basic math, he wants to be a pharmacist so he will need higher math.

“I cringe when I see homeschool moms who can’t even use ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ or ‘there, they’re, or their’ correctly. One of my dear friends who homeschools posted on FB about a dresser ‘For Sell’ instead of ‘For Sale’. The children suffer because arrogant parents think they know everything. If one wishes to homeschool that is fine, but join a co-op group and work with other parents who have different abilities who just might have more knowledge than you.”

Here is Jessica’s reply: “I have so much to say on this subject and yet no time to really go in depth. Here are a few things, though, that I’d like to say, in response to some of the arguments against homeschooling:

“I am a homeschooling mother of ten. We have been homeschooling for going on 18 years now. We are constantly complimented on our children’s character (when we are out as a family we do get stopped by people often who want to tell us how refreshing it is to see such well-behaved children). We have been told time and again how much you can feel the love in our home when they visit.

“I don’t say this to brag or to be prideful; I say this to make a point about the family relationships that are a natural consequence of being together all the time as homeschooling affords. The numbers have proven homeschooling to be a superior form of education, so one only has to look at the statistics before arguing against it.

“However, academics are not our family’s reason for doing so, and so I mention that point only because it seems to be a moot point to me, yet it surprises me that there are those who are still in the dark about this. As far as the typos and misspelling issue – that is across the board. To narrow it to *only* or *mainly* homeschooling mothers is simply small-minded. I am often times typing on my phone which causes many errors and typos and since I do not A) have an editor to go back and make corrections or B) have the time to devote to doing it myself, then it will stay as it is, typos and misspellings and grammar errors and all. Especially if it’s only a comment or response. If I were writing a book or article or paper, that would be different. But a comment or Facebook post doesn’t always warrant my 100% effort in English grammar. I don’t have time for that.

“As a matter of fact, seeing how successful homeschooling has been proven to be, I find it’s a great testimony in favor of it that some mothers may struggle with their grammar. Because the majority of them learned their incorrect English grammar and spelling from their PUBLIC SCHOOL education, and yet are still raising and teaching children who excel in academics and life. In fact, there are so many first language English speakers who’s grammar skills are simply not up to scratch, and they might need even more education when it comes to English.

“As far as raising sons to be providers, a college degree does not guarantee that. That is a character trait more than an academic trait. That stems from hard work, the willingness to work, love for family, and the willingness to obey God’s commands – none of which are taught in the government schools.

“I don’t like to talk money, but because of the link Lori shared about jobs I will say that my husband makes well over that $70,000 a year with no college degree. He retired from the Navy last month and holds a civilian job with a government contractor. He is now taking college courses, mainly because he paid into his G.I. bill when he joined the military and he doesn’t want any of that college money to go to waste.

“Again, I don’t say that to brag at all. We have lived off of $30,000 take home pay with seven children on an enlisted man’s salary and have always had more than we needed. I say it because we have done our best to be obedient to God’s ways and He has ALWAYS provided for us, because He is faithful and can be trusted and His ways are ALWAYS right.

“And now, I’ve spent more time on this than I intended but I felt compelled to chime in I’m sure there are plenty of mistakes in my comment, but my children need me, my life duties are calling, and I don’t need to spend anymore time on my phone right now! Have a nice day!”

…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

She’ll Get Fat and He’ll Have a New Boss

She’ll Get Fat and He’ll Have a New Boss

“My mom gained 90 lbs after marrying my dad. My wife gained 40 lbs the first year of our marriage. Some women chop their hair in half the first year of getting married. Some women want $80K vehicles every several years and $1 million houses ($2 million after interest and another million after property taxes over 30 yrs).

“American women are bossier than other countries, more expensive, more overweight, more likely to file for divorce and leave husbands broke or require them to work 60 hr weeks, so they’re not helpmates (they make guy’s life harder). If wife has college degree and there is a divorce, 90% of time wife is the one filing. She wants kids, then files for divorce when kids turn 18 even if man is fit, makes good money, and picks up kids from soccer practice.

“If the lady starts making more money than man, then she often files for divorce. As my best friend said to me the day before my wedding, ‘Are you marrying a wife or a boss?’ I said ‘I’m marrying a boss.’ So it’s not just the expense of divorce; men know if they get married she’ll likely get fat and he will get a new boss.”

This was a comment by Andrew on a post I wrote long ago called Men Giving Up on Marriage. It’s a sad reality for many men today. Many women are so far from what God has called them to be that they have little that attracts men to them.

Instead of gaining a lot of weight after marriage, women need to discipline themselves and say “no” to their flesh because of the Spirit’s mighty work within them. This doesn’t mean they have to be skinny but in shape and healthy. They need to eat food the way God created it to be eaten. Give up sugar and junk food. Make food from scratch. Eat healthy fats like grass-fed butter, olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil which is much more satisfying and healthy. If they have trouble keeping the weight off, they should join Weight Watchers or something that keeps them accountable. Gluttony is a sin and should have no part of their lives.

Most men love long hair. Ask your husband how he likes your hair best and wear it that way. I remember in high school some guys were sitting near me and were bemoaning the fact that most girls go off to college and cut their hair short which I am sure is from feminist influence. Long hair on a young woman is beautiful. Yes, I know that some women can’t grow their hair long or they just look much better with shorter hair but make sure you are trying to please your husband with the way you look. If he loves your long hair, don’t cut it!

It’s okay to drive old cars! We purposely had our children drive a 1984 Mercedes to school in high school since we wanted them to not care about keeping up with the Jones’ and all of the wealth of our culture. Learn to live within your husband’s income whatever that is and be content; for godliness with contentment is GREAT gain! Buy The Tightwad Gazette and read Laine’s Letter for inspiration but never spend more than your husband makes. If you have running water, hot water from a tap, toilets, a stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher, you are living richer than the kings of old! Be thankful.

“We are conditioned as a society to think we need things in order to have the perfect life and to be happy. This is the mindset that gets us into trouble. We truthfully need very little in order to live. A frugal mindset makes us appreciate what we have more, though there are times when this is hard. When another unexpected bill comes and I have no idea how we’re going to pay it, my faith walk gets real and I have to put on my hiking boots. I have to choose to believe God is also the God of my finances and will provide a way. “ (Melissa K. Norris)

Andrew also stated that women with college degrees and who make more money than their husbands often file for divorce. Eighty percent of divorces are filed by women these days. College degrees and the ability to make a lot of money has caused women to no longer be dependent upon men, just as the first radical feminists founders wanted it to be. Women have been deceived into getting these things “just in case” but it has turned into more broken marriages and children’s lives devastated.

Commit your life to your husband until death do you part! Learn to love him as he is and don’t try to change him. Accept and cherish him. Be his help meet instead of his boss. He’s your head so obey him! Learn what pleases him and do it.

Make your husband’s life easier, women. Make him happy that he married you!

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
Proverbs 5:18

Why Are Children Leaving the Church in Droves?

Why Are Children Leaving the Church in Droves?

The following was posted on Elisabeth Elliot Quotes on Facebook:

A friend asked a thought provoking question today…“Why are our children leaving the church in droves?” I need to rent a soap box for this one! But here is my answer (for what it’s worth) and it’s just a small part of the answer. I see so many mistakes in young families these days, and I wish I could reach them and get them to listen. Child rearing and family life just aren’t that hard when you follow the Bible’s advice. So here’s what I answered if you are wondering.

My opinion is that we have broken so many of God’s principles concerning family life. We allow the church youth group to keep our children too busy and separated from their families, then we have our kids in public schools where they are taught the very ideas that go against what the parents are trying to instill. Add several hours per day on social media and the parents end up being in less than 10 percent of their children’s lives. And it starts all the way back in child care centers when they are just wee babes. Parents and their children are strangers these days.

We need to get back to moms being at home with their kids, teaching them in homeschool, attending church faithfully, and keeping their kids with them while at church. What ever happened to families worshiping together? Don’t even get me started on TV, social media, and Hellywood! And where are “family devotions” led by Dad? We are paying the price for snubbing our noses at God’s User Manual aka The Old Bible. (Pam Cassada) 

Of course, many women were highly offended at this and wanted scripture reference for what she wrote. If women aren’t living up to the commands of God’s Word, they will cry “legalism” or “you’re judging” instead of examining their lives for error. Here is how an administrator at Elisabeth Elliot Quotes responded:

I will put my trust in what the Bible tells me of Jesus and of Heaven. I will put no stock in someone’s “died, went to Heaven, and came back” stories.

Here are the scriptures I promised to post today:

Titus 2 on mamas staying home with their children

Deuteronomy 6 on homeschooling and dad leading devotions in the home

Hebrews 10:25 on faithful church attendance

Matthew 21:15, 16; Psalm 148: 12, 13; Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 8:1, 2, 5, 6, 9 on children attending church service with parents

The only hope for our families, for our churches, for our nations is a return to the Holy Bible. Do as it says! Do not argue. Do not misconstrue. Do not put your own interpretation on it. Believe it. Live it. Don’t say one can’t do it in “this day and time.” Don’t believe the devil’s lie that someone else can care for YOUR children. Don’t believe the devil’s lie that putting your children in a godless education system won’t hurt them. I realize we have Christian teachers, etc., but as a whole our education system in America is set up to indoctrinate our children in the ways of the world and not in God’s ways.

If you are not fully familiar with who Elisabeth Elliot is, read her books Through Gates of Splendor, Let Me Be a Woman, and The Shaping of a Christian Family. Elisabeth’s daughter raised eight children on her husband’s income in California for many years. She homeschooled.

Some of you have said Elisabeth traveled to speak and wrote books thus making her a working mother. But you must remember that Elisabeth and Valerie lived in the jungle until Valerie was around 8 years old. Yes, Elisabeth was translating scripture and working as a missionary, but often their home was a hut without walls and so as Elisabeth did her work, Valerie was usually a few feet away playing with the Waorani children or sleeping on her mat beside Elisabeth’s hammock. Elisabeth wrote three books while living in the jungle.

However, after coming back to the States and then later on marrying Addison Leitch, she did not publish another book until Valerie was 19. She put being a mother to young Val first always.

Ladies, the family is under attack. It saddens me when I hear young Christian mothers say they don’t cook meals, they eat in front of TV, they never read aloud to their children, they have no time for Sunday evening services at church, because ball practice, dance lessons, etc, come before family devotions. Their children have never heard them pray. I could go on and on. It IS POSSIBLE to live as scripture instructs.

Pour your life, your time, your energy into your family. I know there are circumstances such as an unwanted divorce, widowhood, disabled husband, etc, that make it impossible for mother to stay home. God knows and understands these cases. But His ideal is daddy supporting the family, mama guiding the home, and children learning the Word of God at mama and daddy’s knees. Don’t discount this!

In our church, the working mama is a rarity. It can be done! We have mamas with nursing degrees, teaching degrees, etc. who are stay-at-home moms. Motherhood, full-time devoted motherhood, is a proud profession! I have one daughter and two daughters-in-law with college degrees who are now stay-at-home mamas pouring their hearts into the training, nurturing, and raising of their children. One sells health products from home, one sews for extra money, and one takes care of all the finances for her husband’s timber business. They are busy AT HOME. They love their husbands and love their children as scripture teaches.

I am not saying if you work you don’t love your husband and children or that you don’t cook, etc. No, no, no a million times no. But please, don’t get upset at me for posting scriptural truth and quotes by Elisabeth and others about being keepers at home. Do as you wish. But do pray and ask God to show you His will and give you the “desires of your heart.”

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Why I Don’t Make a Disclaimer on Every Post About Submission

Why I Don’t Make a Disclaimer on Every Post About Submission

Whenever I write about submission, women have a tendency to come up with all of the exceptions, mostly, “What if he asks you to sin?” One woman wrote, “I almost agree completely with this article, but find it strange that she doesn’t make a simple disclaimer that we are not to submit to our husbands if they are asking us to sin or break the law. We are first and foremost subject to Christ. I agree that 99.9% of the time, there is little to no room for not submitting, but you are not disobeying God in a case in which your husband is leading you to sin against God’s word, which does happen, sadly.”

God’s Word doesn’t give the exceptions so why should I? Instead of focusing on the .1% exception, why don’t they focus upon learning to be submissive and see what happens? Since women have the ability to build up their home or tear it down with their own hands AND win their disobedient husbands without a word by being in subjection to them with godly behavior, why isn’t their first reaction, “Since this is God’s prescription for me, I am going give 100% to learning how to be a godly, submissive wife and leave the results up to the LORD”?

Maybe, just maybe, women do have an amazing amount of power for good in their husbands’ lives if they just believe God and obey Him, instead of trying to figure out the .1% exceptions. The same issue is concerning keepers at home. If instead of looking at all the ways they can’t come home, why not believe God, obey Him, go home, and see how He works? I am sure God works on a disobedient husband in mysterious ways for good when a wife goes about winning him without the word and I am also sure He can provide for mothers to be home full time with their children; for NOTHING is impossible with Him.

Finally, when studying and learning the Word of God, we take it as a whole. We know that we are not supposed to murder or steal. We know we aren’t to be adulterers or participate in any type of sexual immorality, therefore, if your husband asks you to participate in something that is strictly forbidden in the Word and evil, then you have every right to not obey your husband. We must always take the Bible as a whole and not by piecemeal but I’m not going to make exceptions every single time I write about submission. I expect most women to be wise enough to know that they shouldn’t obey their husbands if they ask them to participate in something that is evil or harmful to them.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Ephesians 5:22-24

Are You Walking Forward or Backwards?

Are You Walking Forward or Backwards?

All throughout the Old Testament, God’s people were blessed when they lived in obedience to Him and were punished when they lived in disobedience to Him. Yes, He wants our obedience because He knows that His ways are best for us just as we know that we want our children to obey us because we know that our ways are best for them. Why would it be any different with our Heavenly Father?

I am reading through Jeremiah. All throughout it, God is trying to woo His people to return to Him and obey Him. You can see this common thread all throughout the Word of God. God wants His children back! He loves us and this is why He sent His Son to die for us. He wants a family. And they shall be my people and I will be their God (Jeremiah 32:38). He wants children who freely choose to love and obey Him. He fills us with His Holy Spirit and gives us the grace needed to obey.

When we obey Him, we are blessed; for we are promised that we will reap what we sow. “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:16). What can be more valuable than rest for our souls? Everyone is seeking to fill that emptiness in their souls. God fills that emptiness with rest. There’s nothing better than this!

“But this thing commanded I them saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto  you” (Jeremiah 7:23). Do you want it to be well with you – well with your soul? Then obey God and walk in all of His ways!

Be a submissive wife to your husband. Obey him in everything. Dress modestly and don’t try to draw attention to yourself. Be content with the way that you are; for godliness with contentment is great gain! Be silent in church and listen with submissiveness. Learn to have a meek and quiet spirit. Be a keeper at home and take good care of your home, children, and husband with joy. Be discreet in all areas of your life. Learn to be feminine instead of a feminist. You will reap beautiful fruit if you obey God in these areas!

Many will choose to not walk in the old paths but will choose instead to walk in the “new, improved, and culturally relevant” path instead. “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:24). You see, the “new, improved, and culturally relevant” path is really going backwards and receives no blessings at all. There is no rest for their souls and it is not well with them.

“They have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jeremiah 8:9). They have no wisdom because wisdom only comes from God. “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish (foolish) children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge” (Jeremiah 4:22).

“Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you” (Jeremiah 5:25). Do you want good things to be withheld from you? No! There are blessings that come from obeying God just as you want to bless your children when they obey you. No, it’s not always easy living in submission to your husband. No, it’s not always easy finding modest clothing and not dressing as culture dresses. No, it’s not easy being with your children 24/7 and raising them up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord but there is great reward. You are storing your treasures in heaven when you walk in obedience to the Lord on the old paths He created for us. Keep eternity in your mind and you will never lose your joy while obeying the Lord!

Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
Jeremiah 7:3

The Mother is the One Supreme Asset of National Life

The Mother is the One Supreme Asset of National Life

You would think I was evil for teaching younger women to be keepers at home and that mothers should be home for their children full time. This topic makes many women angriest, by far, of all the things that I write. They must not believe children are better with their mothers. They must not trust God enough to provide for them if they come home.

Many believe they find satisfaction and fulfillment from a career. They think widows still should work full time even though their poor children have lost their father. Now, they must lose their mother to a full time job? They don’t understand that children who are raised with their mothers are emotionally more stable and secure in life. They believe a mother giving more time to a career is more important than giving more time to their own children. I don’t get it.

Is this cruel of me to have concern for the children? How about the marriages of these working women since the husbands usually are the ones that are neglected the most? Lastly, what about the mothers who are exhausted from trying to work full time, take care of their homes, and be with their children. Do I not care about them? Of course I do.

One woman wrote me and told me to stop teaching women to be keepers at home because no one is listening and no one cares. Another woman wrote an entire post on her blog about how far off I am for teaching this. Well, I will stand before God someday and He is the only one that I will have to give an answer for what I teach women.

Women write me and tell me they are home full time with their children now from reading my blog and they are thankful. Others have told me they are praying that their husbands will change their minds and allow them to come home full time. (I will never understand why some men want someone other than their wives, the mother of their children, to raise their children.) Some are asking the Lord for wisdom in finding a way to make some money from home. Yes, women are listening and some care. It makes sense compared to the nonsense they’ve been listening to their entire lives.

“I want my daughters to grow up to be doctors, lawyers, or whatever they want.” Yes, if this is what you want your daughters to grow up to be and have a stress-filled life with a lot of debt, go for it. After many years in school, then college, then medical school, and finally residency, they will be in their 30s most likely.

While you are having a daughter who is a doctor, I would much rather have a daughter who is having children and is home full time with them. Children are more valuable to me and to the Lord than any career can be. Any career can be filled with someone else but being a mother to a child can not be. Our values have been completely mixed up today.

As President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman or businessman or artist or scientist.” Presidents of old felt this way, whereas President Obama said this while he was in office: “In a speech in Rhode Island in October, President Obama offered his views about child care in a society where many parents have to make difficult choices: ‘Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make'” as if her earning power is more important than being home with her children.

Go back to where the Bible calls mothers to be and realize your importance there.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:26, 27

Choose Your Redeemer in Your Suffering

Choose Your Redeemer in Your Suffering

Bad things happen in this life. Evil things happen. Many question the goodness of God because of these things. Babies are diagnosed with leukemia. Women who want so badly to have children are infertile. A diagnosis of cancer shortens a life. Where is God in all of this and how should we respond in and through our sufferings?

In a book called The Made From Scratch Life by Melissa Norris, Melissa tells of a time when she lost a baby and her Fallopian tube because of an ectopic pregnancy. While she was mourning this loss, her pastor’s wife called to comfort her. She had delivered a stillborn baby years earlier.

“She could have chosen to wallow in her pain, to become bitter, or to blame God. Why would a loving God allow these things to happen? But she’d made a choice to love, to believe God had good things in store for her. I had the same choice. I could choose to hand all the pain to Him and see how He could redeem it, or I could let it continue to hurt me. I chose my Redeemer. In choosing him, I was transformed.”

All of us will go through suffering in this life. We will be the ones who choose how we handle our suffering. Will we curse God or understand that suffering is a part of His plan for us? Job said in the midst of his pain and suffering, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). He lost everything yet continued to trust in God.

Then we look at the life of Joseph and how his brothers sold him into slavery. He went through many sufferings yet when he met up again with his brothers many years later, he was able to say, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20).

As many of you know, I have suffered through a lot of physical pain but through all of it, I never questioned God. Why not me? I know I don’t deserve anything, yet alone health, so I trusted that God had it all under control. When I felt desperate because the pain was so deep, I would quickly remind myself that the joy of the Lord is my strength and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I have always believed God at His Word. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). I believe 100% that this verse is true for believers. It may not work out for good the way we consider good but it will work out for good the way God considers good and He is a much better discerner of good than we are.

I could have easily died when I was 45 years old when I was in the ER with a sodium level of 110 when normal sodium levels are 137 and 147. I was told that level of 110 are death levels but God spared me. Soon after this happened, I began mentoring young women in the ways of biblical womanhood. I know life is fragile and I want to use the rest of my days for Him and His glory. I choose to believe God. I chose my Redeemer and have been transformed. Yes, pain transforms you when you use that pain to seek the Lord and allow His Word to permeate your mind.

Read 1 Peter if you are suffering and in pain. Camp out in this book and memorize it. You will see how suffering is good and a part of God’s plan for us. No one grows from a easy and pain-free life. We grow in godliness through our suffering and it is good.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1 Peter 5:10

Did Feminism Help Women Own Property?

Did Feminism Help Women Own Property?

We often hear the praises of all of the wonderful things that feminism has accomplished for women. This was being passed around Facebook recently:

The fight for women to vote is tragic to me because all the women who fought to be able to vote were doing so because they felt they knew better than men (even though God made men the leaders) thus led to the superiority attitude of women in our culture which has been devastating. (Most sitcoms today freely mock men.) It was rebellion against God’s ordained authority.

I detest birth control since it has led to the slaughter of millions of babies and millions of others babies from being born since many couples today don’t even want children. Instead of trusting God for our childbearing, we are the ones who “plan and decide the best time”  to even have children.

Did they really help women own property and work for a salary? NO! The rumblings of feminism didn’t begin until 1843 and the fiercest advocates of it, like Betty Friedan, weren’t even born until 1921. Here is what I found about the timing of women being able to own property and work for a salary:

According to this article, “Over several decades, beginning in 1839, statutes that enabled women to control real and personal property, participate in contracts and lawsuits, inherit independently of their husbands, work for a salary, and write wills were enacted. Usually, concerns for family integrity and protecting a household from economic crisis, rather than a liberal conception of the role of women in society, motivated these changes.”

Did you notice that last sentence? Feminism had nothing whatsoever to do with these things! From my study of feminism and women’s rights, their main goals were to get women out of their homes and into the workforce, destroy marriages, put children in daycare and government-run schools, make divorce easy, and literally tear down marriage and families. This was “freedom” in their minds!

I am one of the “most anti-feminist 21st century woman” and anything that comes from protest, social unrest, activism, and resistance by women has nothing whatsoever to do with biblical womanhood. God calls us to have meek and quiet spirits and reminds us that godliness with contentment is great gain. No, thank you, feminists. Life was much better for everyone before you fought for “women’s rights.” They sure weren’t mine.

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:4

Mama, Carefully Keep Them By Your Side

Mama, Carefully Keep Them By Your Side

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Hey Mama,

Right now it’s a frenzy. Feed them, house them, school them, disciple them. Clean, cook, answer calls, pay bills, show up, be available, clean up the crises. And there are plenty of those these days.

Fast forward 10-20 years: You’re not young. But you have grandkids. Your children are still your life. But those grands are your joy. Sometimes your kids help you with big stuff. The projects they complete on your behalf, you never thought you’d see the day. Him? He’s a hyper monkey. All he understands is Legos. Or…he used to be that way. Her? She used to be glued to the mirror; now she’s glued to her family.

Yet…fast forward a couple two or three more decades: Your pretty new kitchen counters – your son did those. That meal you had last night – your daughter-in-law lovingly made and served it. The shawl about your shoulders – your beloved daughter keeps it on you nice and comfy. The countless drawings plastered on your fridge – yeah, you have a lot of grandkids. But hey, Mama, that’s partly your doing. You led a life with a very high value placed on family. You invested. Unabashedly you served. Carefully, you kept them by your side, lovingly training them up as God instructs. Children were your life; your family came first. Didn’t you think those values would get passed along? Didn’t you think your kids were watching?

Well, they were. And you are going to look around one day and see the fruit, in full bloom, all around you. They were watching. They’re watching now.

Today – Mama, keep cooking. Your kids love your food. And they love your smile. They love your hands. They don’t always recognize it, but they even love your correction and instruction towards them. Someday they’ll tell you. Someday you’ll see it more clearly. Eyes on Christ. Keep walking, keep doing. May they rise up and call you blessed.

You ARE blessed. And His hand is on your head today.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Proverbs 31:28