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The Elect Lady 

“The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.” (2 John 1:1)

The Greek word for “lady” (kuria) is used only two times in the Bible, and both of these occurrences are here in the one-chapter epistle of 2 John. It is also fascinating to note that kuria is the feminine form of kurios, which is the Greek word for “Lord.”

Evidently this “elect lady” was a special woman, very highly esteemed by the apostle John as a capable and conscientious mother to her children.

It is uncertain, however, whether this distinguished lady was a literal mother in the church with literal children or possibly a metaphor for the church itself, with the “children” its individual members. Good reasons can be given for both interpretations, and it may even be that John wrote his letter with this dual meaning in mind under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

In either case, it is significant that this mother is called “lady” instead of the much more frequently used “woman” (Greek gune), or even “mother” (Greek meter). The Greek kuria was evidently used to stress deep respect and honor to such a mother in the church. She clearly was training her children in “the truth,” much as Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, had brought him up to have “unfeigned faith” in “the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).

In addition to faith in God’s truth, of course, there should be genuine love. The second use of kuria is in verse 5: “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another” (2 John 1:5). HMM

DAYS OF PRAISEMay 13, 2018

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Happy Mothers Day -“The Hand that Rocks the Cradle is the Hand that Rules the World.”

Mothers’ Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

But it was Anna Jarvis, daughter of a Methodist minister in Grafton, West Virginia, who made it a national event.

During the Civil War, Anna Jarvis’ mother organized Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to care for wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

She raised money for medicine, inspected bottled milk, improved sanitation and hired women to care for families where mothers suffered from tuberculosis.

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In her mother’s honor, Anna Jarvis persuaded her church to set aside the 2nd Sunday in May, the anniversary of her mother’s death, as a day to appreciate all mothers.

Encouraged by the reception, Anna Jarvis organized it in Philadelphia, then began a letter-writing campaign to ministers, businessmen and politicians to establish a national Mothers’ Day.

In response, on MAY 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first National Mothers’ Day as a

“public expression of…love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

President Reagan said in his Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1986:

“A Jewish saying sums it up: ‘God could not be everywhere – so He created mothers.'”

Mothers have the role of imparting values into children, as American poet William Ross Wallace wrote:

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

Dr. James Dobson addressed the National Religious Broadcasters, Feb. 16, 2002:

“If they can get control of children … they can change the whole culture in one generation.”

This importance of this was echoed by historians Will and Ariel Durant in The Lessons of History, 1968:

“Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew;

if the transmission should be interrupted… civilization would die, and we should be savages again.”

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:5):

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”

On February 3, 1983, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Ronald Reagan stated:

“I have a very special old Bible. And alongside a verse in the Second Book of Chronicles there are some words, handwritten, very faded by now. And believe me, the person who wrote these words was an authority. Her name was Nelle Wilson Reagan. She was my mother.”

Ronald Reagan stated:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.

It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.


 

 

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A010419977_10206165166955277_6720892232305843458_nMay the Lord ~bless~ you..!!!.Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hardworking mother’s who try to make everyone’s lives a little happier and brighter!!!31719-cc_MothersDay_2016_7.1100w.tn

PROMISES FOR MOTHERS

A mother’s world is filled with many responsibilities and concerns, so God offers you encouragement through the promises he has made…9781682161913 (1)

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1)WHEN YOU ARE CONCERN ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’S FUTURE…..

JEREMIAH 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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2)WHEN YOU NEED WISDOM…..

JAMES 1:5 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.13100854_624890404334835_1420654826407315661_n

 

3)WHEN YOU ARE WORRIED….

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.13010702_1127598330604308_2195016766885806535_n

4)WHEN YOU NEED ASSURANCE…

JOHN 5:24 

 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.12744486_988823351191823_117360577066220669_n

5) WHEN YOU CAN’T MAKE ENDS MEET…

PHILIPPIANS 4;19 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.13103391_625579624265913_5215495635092760681_n

 6)WHEN YOU’VE HAD A ROUGH DAY…

ISAIAH 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.13083120_624510167706192_796530262027207280_n

7)WHEN YOU FACE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS….

HEBREWS 4:16 

 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.13103538_624316234392252_405509120542698129_n

8 )WHEN YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND TO FOLOW THE LORD

1PETER 3 1-2

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.13086776_624778857679323_6199777762159513725_o

9)WHEN THERE ARE FAMILY TENSIONS

COLLOOSIANS 3:12-14 

Put on then, ………compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.13087469_624783027678906_477550763040840861_n12974372_1127511877279620_345363894144104183_n

10)WHEN GOD DOESN’T SEEM REAL TO YOU

JEREMIAH 29: 13-14

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord,13094136_624334441057098_8259037539118615887_n

11)WHEN YOU WONDER IF GOD LOVES YOU…ROMANS 5:8

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12)WHEN YOU NEED FORGIVNESS  1 JOHN 1:9 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.13118963_625204580970084_7276740988428897293_n

13)WHEN NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND YOU  

PSALMS 139:1-2

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.13100671_625208684303007_2680197505888665688_n

14)WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP

2CORINTHIANS 12:9 

…“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

PHILIPPIANS 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.13178818_625269824296893_4956844841885334960_n

VERSES English Standard Version (ESV) http://www.goodnewstracts.org

https://www.crossway.org/tracts/promises-for-mothers-2739/

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day thoughts: How to love your mom (Cum sa iti iubesti mama)

Jerry Shirley via sermoncentral.com

7 Ways to Love Your Mother

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

Mary witnessed the crucifixion from the foot of the cross. Can you even imagine how she must’ve felt?
Jesus turns to John and says, take care of her, and looks at his mother and says, let him stand in my place as your son. John lived a very long life, and I believe he took care of Mary until she went to heaven.

Jesus is on the cross, bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world on His shoulders, yet He sees to it to make sure His mother is taken care of after He is gone! As God, Jesus is dealing w/ eternal matters, but as a man, He’s showing all of us today how important it is to take care and love our mothers!

You cannot be willfully wrong with your mother and be right with God. If your mother is still alive, regardless of your and her ages, you can love her in these 7 ways:

1. Love her verbally.

Esp. men have the philosophy—I don’t have to say I love you, you already know it. I have told you before, if I change my mind I’ll let you know! Or, I SHOW love, not just say it…and that may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!”

Children need to hear it…and saying it makes you more of a man, not less! And spouses need to hear it too…
DEAR ABBY: I enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor. Thirty-six days later, I was on my way to the Philippines. En route, the Philippines fell to the Japanese, and we were routed to Australia. Eleven days after we landed, I met the most beautiful girl in the world.
On our first date, I told her I was going to marry her. I did, 18 months later, while on a 10-day R-and-R leave from New Guinea.
After more than 57 years of marriage and two children, my beloved “Mary” died five days before Christmas. Although we agreed that our ashes were to be scattered over the mountains, I found I could not part with hers.
While Mary was alive, she would frequently say, “You don’t know how much I love you.” I’d reply, “Likewise.” I never said, “I love you.” Now her ashes are on my dresser, where I tell her several times a day how much I love her, but it’s too late. Although I wrote poetry to her, I could not bring myself to say the three words I knew she wanted most to hear.
As my dearest was dying and we thought she was comatose, I told her, “There aren’t enough words to tell you how much I love you.” A few hours later, she whispered, “Not enough words” and died.
The reason I’m writing is to urge men to express their feelings while their loved ones are alive. I don’t know why, but many men are reluctant to express the depth of their feelings. — MISSING MARY IN COLORADO
Our spouses need to hear it, our children…our mothers also!
Some men would say, I’m just not turned that way…then turn around! “I’m just not comfortable”…then be uncomfortable!
Verbally…

2. Love her physically.

When’s the last time you gave her a big hug w/ out her asking for it…or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change?
She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and first priority was to hold you, and she cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp…in love she did all these things, including grooming you w/ a licked thumb!
When you were little she could say, “give me sugar”, and you’d pucker up and she’d accept your wet, sloppy kiss and even say thank you! You give her bear hugs so tight she didn’t have to hold on to you…you’d just cling to her as she walked around!
She changed your diapers, potty trained you, and held the Kleenex for you to blow your nose! She wiped food off of your face years longer than she should have had to!

She constantly touched you! And she may have to hand you off to another, and her life may endure some heavy changes, but she deserves your touch and should never have to give that up completely!

It would mean more to her than flowers or candy, or eating out, or a diamond necklace [well, let’s not go too far!]

I had to tell my wife the other day about several other ladies pawing at me. I had just come from a visit at the nursing home!…I’ve spent countless hours in those places and when this ruddy, Opie faced kid walks in there’s not a single instance in which some of those precious old ladies don’t try to reach out and touch me, a total stranger! You can tell, she’s starved for that simple, innocent brand of physical love.
Physically, verbally…

3. Love her patiently.

Mothers have an incredible job w/ no pay. No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood.
No Occupation
She rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races.
She cooks the meals as best she may and scrubs the children’s faces
While schoolbooks, lunches, homework too, all need consideration…
And yet the census man insists
She has— “No Occupation”
When breakfast dishes all are done
She bakes a pudding, maybe.
She cleans the rooms up, one by one,
With one eye watching baby.
The mending pile she then attacks
by way of variation.
And yet the census man insists
She has — “No Occupation.”
She irons for a little while, then presses pants for Daddy.
She welcomes with a cheery smile returning lass and laddie.
A hearty dinner next she cooks (no time for relaxation),
And yet the census man insists
She has—“No Occupation.”

Don’t ever make the mistake of asking a lady, Do you work, or stay at home? The only thing worse you can ask is when she’s due if you’re not 100% sure she’s expecting! And many ladies today have to work on top of the full time job they already have.

Here’s the point, in spite of all she does for us, we often become impatient with her…we get so used to her taking care of things we come to expect it and are outraged that “those clothes are still dirty?” / that’s not ironed? / you’re out of my favorite cookies? / you know I like that over rice, where is it?
She’s picking you up at school because you don’t like to ride the bus, but she’s scolded for being 5 minutes late!

Love her patiently. Because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her, it’s reason to be patient and to love her all the more!

Teens / jr. ch. agers: it is unfair for you to be more kind, considerate, patient w/ your friends and your friend’s mothers than your own mother!
If you treated your friends like you treat your mom you wouldn’t have friends, and if you treated their mom like you do yours their mom wouldn’t let their kid have anything to do with you! Your mom deserves better…she’s not a rug to wipe every negative thought on!

For us adults w/ living mothers: Love her patiently.
Dobson read on Focus on Family Radio—letter from 80 yr. old woman on her birthday:
To all my children:
I suppose my upcoming birthday started my thoughts along these lines…This is a good time to tell you that what I truly want are things I can never get enough of, yet they are free. I want the intangibles.
I would like for you to come and sit with me, and for you to be relaxed. We can talk, or we can be silent. I would just like for us to be together.
I need your patience when I don’t hear what you say the first time. I know how tiresome it is to always be repeating, but sometimes I must ask you to repeat. I need your patience when I think too much about the past, with my slowness and my set ways. I want you to be tolerant with what the years have done to me physically.
Please be understanding about my personal care habits. I spill things. I lose things. I get unduly excited when I try to figure out my bank statements. I can’t remember what time to take my medication, or if I took it already. I take too many naps. Sometimes sleep helps to pass the day.
Well, there you have it: Time, Patience, and Understanding. Those are priceless gifts that I want. Finally, in his letter, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I know I can, too! It’s a wonderful feeling to know His eye is on the sparrow and I know He cares for me. I guess being old isn’t so bad after all!
Love,
Mom
Patiently…

4. Love her attentively.

Mothers listen as you pour out your heart…she has a sympathetic ear, and always has…and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand…and she’ll always be on your side.
Ill.—documentary last year of men going to execution for capital crimes. They interviewed the men and their mothers, too. Invariably the moms would say, He’s such a good boy! Interviewer: yes, but he slaughtered 37 w/ an axe!… “I know, but he has a good heart!”

It’s no wonder we like to talk to mom…she listens…but now she has issues, and now it’s your turn to be her “rock”…and take time to listen…it’s payback time!

“But, she’s always complaining”…yes, just like you did!
Talks about herself / asks same question over and over…

In their older days, our parents have many fears / anxieties…may we treat them as we’d hope to be treated when we are in their shoes!

Attentively, patiently…
5. Love her gratefully.

Ill.—An elementary science class had been studying magnets, and how metal objects are attracted to them. At the end of the semester the teacher put on exam this question: 6 letters, starts w/ “M”, picks up things, what am I? Over half the children wrote [say it together…] “Mother”!

She needs a sincere thank you, and not just today, but from a genuinely thankful heart when least expected!

A few years ago Kimberly’s dad sat us down and said, “You all are living the best days of your life right now, because you have your children and your parents.” It caused us to realize 2 truths: one about our parents:, and how we won’t always have them. And another about our children:…let’s be the kind of parents we ought to be!

6. Love her generously.

There’s nothing too good for her, we could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she does! She didn’t spend on herself unless all your needs were met…she could easily do without, and now it’s time for her to have something she wants!
She clears her schedule so she can run you around…she gives up opportunities so you can have more opportunities!

Ill.—math question, state your answer as a fraction: If there’s 10 at the table and one apple pie, how much does each one get? One ninth! / “Don’t you know your fractions?”/ “Do you know my mother? If there’s that many at the table and only one pie, she don’t want none!”
Love her generously…

7. Love her honorably.

Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

This is binding as long as your mother lives. Another command says children, obey…non-binding when you leave home, but “honor” is different! If the husband is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart…don’t break her heart!

“Yeah, but my mother wasn’t honorable!” Well, the Bible says nothing about that qualification…it only asks, is she your mother!
By the way, it’s the only one of the 10 commandments which includes a built-in promise of blessing!

When God created mothers
When the good Lord created mothers, He was into His sixth day of overtime, when an angel appeared and said,
“You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”
The Lord replied, “have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 moveable parts … all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointing love affair; And six pair of hands.”
The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pair of hands? No way!”
“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pair of eyes that mothers have to have.
“One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks ’What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t, but what she needs to know, and of course the ones in front that look at a child when he goofs up and say, ’I understand and I love you,’ Without so much as uttering a word. “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already, I have one who heals herself when she is sick …can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger …and get a nine year old to stand under a shower. Not only can she think, she can reason and compromise.”
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the mother. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced, “I told you that you were trying to put too much in this model.”
“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.”
“What is it for?” asked the angel.
The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride.”
“You’re a genius!” shouted the angel.
With a somber look on his face, the Lord said, “I didn’t put it there.”
How about a hand now for the crowning jewel of God’s creation: our mothers!

Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom…if you could take time and great effort for her on the cross in your death, help us to love her while we have her in our life!

Reblogged from http://rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/mothers-day-thoughts-how-to-love-your-mom/

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The mother whose wisdom is included alongside the wisdom of Solomon

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

Have you ever paid close attention to Proverbs 31? This is an oft cited chapter that refers to thevirtuous woman”  / or the “woman who fears the Lord...” and lists her qualifications. If you have not read the entire chapter, you might mistakenly attribute this chapter to Solomon. Yet verse 1 states:

“The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:”

Now, there is no other mention of this king anywhere else in the Bible, and some older commentaries attribute King Lemuel to being Solomon. Regardless who this king is, the verses in Chapter 31 are quoted from this mother of King Lemuel.

Now read this chapter again, noting that it is written by a woman and if you are one of those women who usually cringes or avoids reading this chapter altogether, because you think it describes a “superwoman” or that it is an impossibility for one woman to display all of the qualities described here, I would encourage you to read the article attached in the link at the bottom of this article, beneath the notes.

The Words of King Lemuel

31 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?
What are you doing, son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
your ways to those who destroy kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine,
or for rulers to take strong drink,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed
and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing,
and wine to those in bitter distress;
let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10  An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

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Some short notes which makes some  great points from this Proverbs 31 commentary at www.graceinabundance.com:

Her textual identity –

  • The text of Proverbs does not name the noble woman it describes in such detail. The author is King Lemuel, who was known by Israel‟s sages even though he remains unknown to us. He received the instruction from his own mother. In addition to admonishing her son that a king must not give in to any unrestrained living that would jeopardize his ability to rule, she summarizes the kind of wife that would add honor to his name. He must look for a truly valiant wife who fears the Lord and not be tempted by mere beauty and charm. Lemuel applies the advice to more than the royal household, for the husband described within is an elder of the city, not a king. Thus, what was originally designed as advice for a prince has been included in Scripture for the benefit of all classes.
  • Some deny that this too-good-to-be-true wife could be just one woman. She must be an ideal, composite picture of what one could desire in a wife if it were possible to acquire it all in one package.  Nevertheless, we cannot escape the textual presentation of her as one, distinct person whose wisdom benefits not only her household but the community as well. Seeing her as a composite creates unwarranted opportunity for excusing ourselves from any obligation to be like her.

Before determining how this instruction should be applied to today‟s woman, several assumptions need to be recognized.

  1. Assumption 1: She is a mature woman.The woman described in the text is a mature woman, not a new bride. She shows the confidence of one who has gained experience over time, both in her spiritual development and in her skills as a homemaker. Young men hoping to discover a readymade Proverbs 31 wife are setting themselves up for a disappointment if they expect to say “I do” to a bride with this much skill or wisdom. In the same way that homemaking skills become perfected with practice, so also understanding and wisdom increase over time when one walks with the Author of wisdom. A new bride may not match the Proverbs 31 woman‟s skill, but she will be counted wise if she makes a conscious choice to follow the Way of Wisdom.
  2. Assumption 2: Her husband is a wise and mature man. Second, this woman is married to a man who is qualified to sit in the gates as an elder of his people. He has presumably been successful in his own endeavors and thereby has gained the respect of the community. He recognizes that he has a superb wife and appropriately leaves the management of the home to her.
  3. Assumption 3: Her household is economically well off. Third, the Proverbs 31 wife is part of a well-to-do household. Waltke mentions that the poem “assumes the husband has founded the home on a sound economic foundation (24:27) and within that context his wife can settle down and function to her maximum ideal.20 The text indicates that the woman‟s prudent management of the family‟s resources brought economic security to all of her household. Many women conclude that it would be impossible to live up to this woman‟s example without also having her servants. In their dreams, the servants would do the household work and leave them free to carry on her other pursuits. However, this betrays both a misunderstanding of the role of servants and of the author‟s point. In the North American context, servant brings to mind either  the historical slave of  the Southern plantation, or (2) a domestic worker whom only the rich can afford to pay. Neither description comes close to depicting the Proverbs 31 household servant. Even today where modern “electric servants” to which the West has become accustomed do not exist, household chores can be both physically demanding and time consuming. Without ready made clothes, canned foods, and prepared spices, clothing and feeding a household require a huge amount of one‟s day. With no electricity or indoor plumbing, every chore done by the machines the West takes so much for granted becomes a major job. The housewife needs help. Servants help, but they also bring responsibility. The Proverbs 31 woman shouldered this responsibility as normal routine in her household and did it well. The wise woman can live with or without servants. In either case, she organizes and carries out her work with wisdom, overseeing and advising everyone in her household.
  4. Assumption 4: The Proverbs 31 woman is a healthy woman. The fourth assumption from the text is that the Proverbs 31 woman is healthy, strong and fit for her job. Can a woman excuse herself from being a Proverbs 31 wife, then, if she has not been blessed with a healthy body and a vigorous immune system? If the amount of household tasks accomplished is the rule by which we measure a woman‟s worthiness, then we have established a superficial standard for wisdom. Certainly a healthy body is valuable, but wisdom is not dependant upon physical strength. Being a Proverbs 31 woman does not demand the perfect body. Instead, it needs a healthy spirit that is attuned to the Spirit of God.

In summary, then, although the author of Proverbs 31 delights in all this jewel of a woman does in the ruling of her household, her above-rubies value is not dependent upon her homemaking skills, her worthy husband, her comparative wealth, or her physical health. Her value is in using the wisdom God has given her, a wisdom that springs from her fear of the Lord. 

This is no assumption. The writer summarizes this remarkable wife with these words: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”24 Herein is the key to understanding the entire poem: the noble wife is a woman who fears the Lord. Focusing only on this industrious woman‟s work will cloud this crucial point.

Many women, even non-Christians, out of innate common sense and providential goodness devote themselves to caring successfully for their husbands and children, making the needs of their household the primary focus of their lives. What, then, differentiates the wise wife of Proverbs 31 from her counterparts? It is her fear of the Lord, not her wise shopping or her control over her children.

How does the Proverbs 31 woman‟s fear of the Lord make her different from other accomplished homemakers?

1. Her focus is on God.
2. She hates evil.
3. She is compassionate and fair to all.
4. She delights in the Lord’s commands.
5. She is teachable.

You can read the entire commentary here – http://graceinabundance.com/userfiles//Superwoman%20translit.pdf

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Bring My Momma Flowers

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Today and everyday
I miss my Momma so.
I miss her precious smile
And the gentle words she spoke.

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So Jesus, can you tell her
That I love and miss her much?
Please tell her how I’m thankful
For everything she’s done.

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Please bring to her some flowers,
The very ones she loves.
For she deserves so much from me
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Please tell her how I miss the times
That we would sit outside.
I miss her laugh. I miss her touch.
I miss being by her side.

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I miss our conversations
And the things that made us giggle
I miss every moment shared
From the time that I was little.

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And tell her that, there’ll come a day
You’ll bring me home to be
With her, in your mansion high
For all eternity.

Lucinda Berry Hill

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God Made A Mother

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  05.10.13 Friday

HOW THE GOSPEL CHANGES MOTHERS
[ PART 5 WITH KIMM CRANDALL ]
How will you celebrate this Mother’s Day? It began as a way to honor the one’s who lost their sons in battle. But we can also use this day to remember how the Lord watches over us as a mother hen.

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  05.09.13 Thursday

HOW THE GOSPEL CHANGES MOTHERS
[ PART 4 WITH KIMM CRANDALL ]
Kimm reached her breaking point – not because she had more to do than was humanly possible – but because she didn’t understand the gospel. That even when we feel like failures, Christ died for us.

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  05.08.13 Wednesday

HOW THE GOSPEL CHANGES MOTHERS
[ PART 3 WITH KIMM CRANDALL ]
Is it safe to trust in a Lord who promises to take care of us and affectionately watch over us like a mother? Even when we feel like we are on our own, God is there watching over His children.

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  05.07.13 Tuesday

HOW THE GOSPEL CHANGES MOTHERS
[ PART 2 WITH KIMM CRANDALL ]
Have you ever felt like you weren’t a good enough parent? Even when we try to be the perfect parent, we will always fall short. This is why we need the grace that can only come from Jesus Christ.

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  05.06.13 Monday

HOW THE GOSPEL CHANGES MOTHERS
[ PART 1 WITH KIMM CRANDALL ]
It’s easy to fall under the shadow of the perfect mom on Pinterest. But that mother isn’t really perfect, and neither are you. Jesus isn’t asking for perfection – He just wants you to rely on Him.

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In Honor of Mothers Day

I want to wish all my lovely readers a wonderful and blessed Mother’s Day! In honor of this day, I wanted to repost an article I did on motherhood a few years ago to keep us focused on the high calling of mothers….enjoy!

Reclaiming the Lost Vision of Motherhood

O’ for mothers to hold in their hands a child who’s soul is eternal and to grasp the vision of changing the world through her mothering as she purposes toward multigenerational faithfulness.

To look into the eyes of her child and know that God has put a purpose for that child here on earth–to advance the kingdom of heaven– which is glorifying the Father he serve’s above. Mothers also put on earth for royal purposes, to raise children for the King. Shaping and molding them to become one day warriors for the Lord. Who will not just feed the poor in secret but also help direct and change the course of a nation. History has proven time and time again, that one person can change the course of history. You never know who you might be raising. Susannah Wesley never knew the child she rocked in the cradle would take England by storm. John Wesley started a movement and said, “If I can find ten men who hate nothing but sin, love nothing but God, and seek nothing but the souls of men, we can turn England upside down for God.” This man, did indeed with the help from God, turned England upside down for God.


Mothers, do we understand that what is done in the four walls of our home–that it is holy work done to the Lord? As we teach that small child to stand, are you praying that one day he will stand strong for the Lord against wickedness? As you teach him to walk, are you teaching them to walk to the lost and preach the gospel? When you teach them to read, are you telling them that one day they will read the Word to the masses and that lives will be transformed forever?

In other words are you raising your children to be world changers? Yesterday I gathered all my children together and shared with them how God gave them life for the sole purpose of changing the world—for HIM. Who is the child who understands his purpose in life—his calling? Where is the child who has been whispered to and reminded that he will one day change the world since he was a wee babe? How would our lives have been different had our mothers embraced such a vision?


As mothers we need to equip our children well to do the work the Lord has assigned for them to do. We must diligently teach scripture, we must teach godly character, we must teach love for the Lord and the lost without growing discouraged ourselves for we have the Masters work at hand, an honorable and momentous responsibility! We must understand that lost souls could be at stake and nations could be destroyed if we do not fulfill this high calling of motherhood. We cannot simply render ourselves weary and ultimately give up.

Do you notice that little boy who is playing in the sandbox? He might very well be the world’s next church planter. That little girl in the corner who is quietly playing dolls might one day raise a martyr for Christ. The little baby in your arms whom you cradle today could very well go to Africa one day and share the gospel to the lost tribes.

I am convinced that the greatest world changers have not been written about in history books, and that only God knows who they are. They are God’s best kept secrets. They are the unnoticed people in society-the old man you brushed by walking to the store today. They are the ones who do great and mighty works in private where only He sees. They are the ones that make a difference through the one small, powerful act that the Lord had assigned them to. These will be richly rewarded in Heaven for their faithfulness—we will find them seated at the right hand of Christ in Heaven!


Our lasting influence impacts future generations through our children, our grandchildren and great grandchildren whether for good or for evil. Which are you raising for the Lord? Descendants who could be an army to take the world by storm or descendants who build up alters to false gods? We must revive the vision of multigenerational faithfulness! We cannot change our homes through the efforts of our flesh—it comes from grace and power from God alone—but we are required to do our part. We cannot fall short of this glorious vocation because our Lord has called us to it. And where He calls us to- we must obey.

Now in of honor those great mothers who have come before us who have sacrificed their lives, gave unselfishly, wept in the dark to the Savior and persevered to the end—we applaud you! You have paved the way for us behind you! The Lord has used you as a mighty instrument in His hand and you are surely called blessed among your children. Your dedication has lasting power that is the sweet aroma of Jesus Christ.

God certainly uses the weak to shame the strong. And he uses ordinary people who serve an amazing God that has extraordinary plans to help us reclaim our vision for motherhood and build a godly nation for Him.

6 wise responses:

Julie Harward said…
I enjoyed your words and thoughts about this special day and calling to women. I think the brightest and best spirits are coming to carry out the plan on this earth…what a joy to be their Mothers! Come say hi sometime 😀

May 8, 2010 10:31:00 PM CDT
glenn said…
In the midst of countless diaper changes, sleepless nights, cleaning many messes, dealing with temper tantrums, refereeing endless sibling squables, and folding many loads of laundry–you make me aware of the noble things of motherhood, not just the endless daily tasks.

Thanks you for this blog. It refreshes my exhausted soul every evening after a long day taking care of my wonderful little boys.

Treena

May 8, 2010 11:00:00 PM CDT
Camie said…
Beautiful! Happy Mothers day!

May 9, 2010 11:33:00 AM CDT
Mrs. Joseph Wood said…
We are blessed to care for His people! Thank you for the post! Happy Mother’s Day!
Mrs. Joseph Wood
http://www.amomentwithmom.blogspot.com

May 9, 2010 12:15:00 PM CDT
Jasmine said…
Thank you, June. Happy Mother’s Day.

May 10, 2010 7:23:00 PM CDT
Stacie, A Firefighter’s Wife said…
such lovely thoughts. Thank you! And a Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!

May 14, 2010 10:51:00 AM CDT

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The High Calling

Mothering in today’s world is no easy task. Culture around us seeks to deceive mothers into thinking that what they are doing does not matter in the present or the future. How, as Christian mothers are we called to respond to this deception? Being aware of the lies that have infiltrated the culture and our churches are mandatory in keeping our focus of mothering for the Lord. We cannot influence generations if we are gullible in our thinking and weak in our walk with the Lord. We must strengthen our minds daily with the Word and be able to discern what righteous thinking is in an evil, anti-family world.

 Satan knows the power motherhood holds. He would like us to perceive it as lowly, despised, wasteful and even burdensome as is so commonly believed today. It is evidenced in broken homes and neglected children—a result of generational breakdown and sin. Lies that are common for mothers today are: “It’s too hard, I can’t handle it.” or “I’m wasting my time, there are ‘greater’ things I can do with my life.” Dear mothers, there is no greater calling than right where our gracious Lord has so sovereignly placed you, to raise precious souls for the King of Kings. Souls are eternal, and earthly, worldy pursuits are not. Let us always keep that perspective—with one eye on the present and another on the eternal.

 Worldly thinking is anti-children in it’s philosophy. It is completely opposite of God’s. Godly wisdom always welcomes blessings. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this is my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:4. God’s makes his heart toward children very clear to us us:

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

So therefore His heart must be our heart. We want to walk in the full anointing, joy and glory of motherhood that he has purposed for us. We must free ourselves of the bondages that hinder motherhood. That means getting rid of all the lies, that means not accepting the worlds way of parenting, that means taking up our cross and dying to self. We must immerse ourselves in our role and delight in it! Yes, I said, delight in it…”My heart took delight in all my work…” Ecclesiastes 2:10b

Consider this:

WE ARE BUILDING WITH PRECIOUS LIVES.
WE ARE BUILDING STRONG HOMES.
AS WE BUILD STRONG AND SECURE HOMES, WE ARE BUILDING A NATION.
AS WE BUILD GODLINESS INTO THE NATION, WE ARE BUILDING GODLY GENERATIONS.
AS WE BUILD GODLY GENERATIONS, WE ARE ALSO BUILDING FOR ETERNITY!

(Taken from the Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell)

I leave you a quote so kindly shared with us from Sir Walter J. Chantry:

There is no more demanding work in the world, no more awe-inspiring job descriptions than raising godly seed. It will challenge all the genius, talent and grace that any human being could possess… It is the highest calling any woman can enter.”

http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2008/11/where-are-mothers.html

7 wise responses:

Sallie said…
Thank you for your encouraging words!

God bless!!

May 7, 2007 12:40:00 AM CDT
Isaiah5513 said…
Thank you for your obedience to the Lord in writing His heart on the subject of Biblical womanhood. This is one of the most beautiful -to the eyes and soul- blogs I’ve read.
Christy

May 8, 2007 7:45:00 AM CDT
Help meet said…
It’s so refreshing to be reminded of how important motherhood is to God. Were trying to give our children what we didn’t have, a mom at home. Our families don’t understand and think I should be, “doing something with my life.” Even the church we came from sees nothing wrong with the working mother (after all if she stayed home with the kids, they say, “then we couldn’t afford to keep our house!”)
I really like how you said, “souls are eternal, and earthly, worldy pursuits are not.”
I’m glad God thinks me being at home with my children is more important than owning a house!

May 10, 2007 12:12:00 AM CDT
Angie said…
Thank You for this post!!!
I wish our culture believed this truth!!

May 10, 2007 9:25:00 PM CDT
L.H. said…
LOVED this post! Thanks for sharing!

August 1, 2009 8:57:00 PM CDT
Starlie said…
I really enjoyed and appreciated this blog, it is very well written and explained. Could I please have permission to re-post it on my blog, linking it back to you, of course?

Thank you!

In Christ,
Starlie

July 15, 2011 7:32:00 PM CDT
Mrs. June Fuentes said…
Starlie,

Of course you may!

Many blessings…

July 15, 2011 10:43:00 PM CDT
 

Where Are the Mothers?

One morning I had a bit of a cold so I stayed and snuggled in bed for a bit longer and notorious reader that I am, I grabbed the nearest magazine off my nightstand and found myself reading through a lengthy article entitled “Too Sexy Too Soon” in Family Circle’s December 2008 issue. The article was written by, I’m assuming, a non-Christian mom who’s daughter had asked for a bra at the age of seven to be like her lovely friends at school.

She also pointed out how young daughters idolize pop culture as she narrowed in on a few trendy names like Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) , Cheetah Girls, and Bratz dolls and how these impressionable daughters imitate older girls and act more sensual (through dancing) and dress more seductively than their own age. (BTW, if you do a google search on the names above as I did, be prepared to brace yourselves to see who is leading the way for young girls today–girls as young as 5-10 years old are fans to these).

I couldn’t have agreed more and then was even more astonished because a few pages later in the same magazine there was the latest advertisement for a Barbie movie, I couldn’t believe what she was wearing. I was saddened to see it all go this far…what will it be like for the next generation of girls?

But my greater question that was sadly running through my mind is—where are the mothers? And the fathers? And even more so—the discernment? Do we not know if we put these types of ‘teen idols’ in front of them that they will mimick them?

Harmless, is the cry of the masses–why, don’t you remember being that age? Indeed we do, we remember the heartbreak, the brokenness, the trading of our souls, the stolen innocence….all while we were being raped of our purity—what is there not to remember? That is even more the reason why we need to fiercely protect our children from the massive onslaught of the media and culture that finds pleasure in attacking and violating the helpless naivety of the young.

Now if you are a mother reading here today that has been allowing your daughter to engage in the likes of the people mentioned above, I want to greatly warn you of the dangers of allowing your precious children to ‘keep company’ with influences that will truly harm your children’s lives. This is by no means to sound or be judgmental in anyway but with great love and admonishment that I plead with you to pray over and examine the decisions made over whom will influence your most precious treasure—your children.

Will they be the next generation that is strong and will fight for the Lord or will they be the generation that will succumb to this wasted world and be seduced by the devil and his cleverly wicked antics? Remember, what we put before them today will be a huge determining factor in the future of what they will become tomorrow and whatever a man soweth that is also what he will reap.

Finally, I’d like to add that there is a great need to pray daily for the ‘teen idols’ that are out there making a lasting impression on our youth today. We need to pray that they will turn from their wrong ways. We need to pray that they will turn to the Lord. We need to pray for a clear understanding of what their example is on others and its lasting repercussions of all parties . We need to pray for their parents that they would protect their children and use wise judgment. And most importantly we also need to pray God’s love over them all especially for their salvation.

So parents, before you place anything before your child…

please think twice.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
 

36 wise responses:

Elly said…
Hello! I read your blog daily and really enjoy your spiritual sweetness. I am a mother of 2, wanting MANY more, and I also work out of the home. It is a very strong desire of mine to be a stay-at-home Mom. Now, is not good timing, as my husband is laid off and it is not as strong of a desire for him. I’m REALLY struggling coming to work every day with some co-workers that are so worldly. My boss goes to church some and prclaims she is a Christian and I’m very thankful for this, but at the same time, she is much more wordly than I am (not that I am an example of a perfect Christian). How do I lead by example when I’m struggling so bad? How can I be happy where I am when my hearts desire is to be at home where God intended for me to be? I just need to be patient for God to open the door to let me stay at home and be thankful I have a job…right?
Just wanted an honest opinion! 🙂
Thanks,
Elly

January 14, 2009 2:11:00 PM CST
BECKY said…
This is something I keep a close eye on, and take advantage of every teachable moment available to me. You are absolutely right. This is tough talk for tough times for our children!! All this stuff is just getting worse. We have to draw the line, teach the Biblical basis, and stick to it!
Blessings, and thanks for speaking the truth!
Becky

January 14, 2009 3:17:00 PM CST
Sarah Mae said…
I read the same article and then saw the same ad and said the same thing to a woman sitting next to me on the plane! It’s insane! I am SO with you on this!

January 14, 2009 3:46:00 PM CST
Stephanie said…
Bravo for this brave and courageous admonition!

January 14, 2009 3:47:00 PM CST
Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said…
Very well said. In addition, I also see a lot of mothers dressing seductively and dressing their young daughters the same way. Which is really sad and heartbreaking. Thank you for this very wise, courageous, and honest post.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

January 14, 2009 4:29:00 PM CST
Sis Stubby said…
I want to say on this matter “Amen “to you.I fear for our children of today.And then the parents want to to know what went wrong?

January 14, 2009 4:46:00 PM CST
Abounding Treasures said…
I have to agree with Stephanie ~ “BRAVO for this brave and courageous admonition” .. it is so very much needed.

Blessings!

January 14, 2009 6:50:00 PM CST
Brandy said…
I wanted to thank you for this post. Our lil’ girl LOVES Barbie. She has 4 Barbie movies, which we have recently decided to descreetly remove from our home … we got her turned back onto Veggie Tales and 3-2-1 Penguins anyway. I had no idea Barbie was dressed like *that* in the newest movie — the one our daughter said she really wanted to see next! Nuh uh, ain’t no way.

We’ve recently had some very strong convictions concerning a lot of areas concerning our daughters. Convictions I’m actually very happy with. I didn’t used to have a problem with our daughter having a pair of pants with XOXO on the butt. To wear around the house. But, now, I’m like what in the WORLD was I thinking?! (Granted, *I* didn’t buy them — my mother in law did, but still)
Or a shirt that said “Flirty Girl” … why would I want that on our daughter? What sorts of messages do those things send? They, and quite a few other garments, went into a donate or trash (depending on what the garment was) bag and out of our home. We’re going to dresses and skirts. Our oldest (who’s 5yrs old) LOVES being in dresses … and my husband pointed out to me that MY self-esteem and how I carry myself is MUCH better when I’m in dresses/skirts. I look forward to finding us more, so we can do it ALL the time, instead of just some days!

January 14, 2009 7:25:00 PM CST
sunshine said…
Hi there! I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now. First time posting. 🙂
I read this earlier today. Tonight when I walked in my bedroom, my 6 year old daughter was watching Zoey101. I really thought about this post and decided to turn it off.
My thinking prior to this was ..It’s on the Disney channel.. how bad could it be? Pretty bad, maybe.
Thanks for the “Mom” reminder. I’ll definatly be more careful.
Laura

January 14, 2009 9:46:00 PM CST
His Handmaiden Laura said…
I find it so sad that so many parents are allowing these idols to raise their children. If only parents would wake up and just (IMHO) get rid of these influences in their lives. They are neither godly nor even a good influence! Thank you for your post, I enjoyed it very much!

Blessings,
Laura

January 14, 2009 9:47:00 PM CST
Kristi said…
I have noticed a lot of these “teen idols” popping up everywhere. It is almost impossible to avoid them, for they are plastered all over the clothing (for my TODDLER!) and all the different toys. I have a choice to buy Disney Princess, Hannah Montana, or Dora…only sometimes I doing have the ability to choose Dora. I am determined to make the majority of my daughter’s clothes this year and to dress her in modest dresses, just like me.

Am I the only one who noticed that this post is dated February 14th?

January 14, 2009 9:53:00 PM CST
KinaBolina said…
I so enjoy reading your opinions and insights.

My mom and I are extremely close and have discussed this very issue and she mentioned that she was always concerned I would be overly influenced by the actions and dress of my peers. This was particularly of concern due to the general demographic of the girls & women where I grew up (Orange County, CA). I thank the Lord that my mom and dad led by example and showed me that it is much more beautiful to take pride in the body and mind that God gave us by dressing modestly and not changing what the good Lord blessed us with. So, no nose job here, no implants, fake tan, pancake makeup, mini skirts, tube tops, or 5″ platform shoes for me. And when I felt left out or lacking in my physical appearance I thought warmly of the words of my mom and grandma that they repeated so often, “Do not change what God thoughtfully placed on your body for He has a purpose for it. Love it and embrace it because it is yours.”

To love our bodies should not mean to spend 2 hours getting ready in the morning or showing off every inch of skin, but to keep ourselves healthy and clean and to honor God with our words and actions.

Blessings to you for guiding your children down the path God has prepared for them in His name.
-Caroline

January 14, 2009 10:53:00 PM CST
Ace said…
GREAT POST! I read the same article with the same horror and same confusion at the author’s and other parent’s hopelessness at what to do. How about take CONTROL they are YOUR children. They will not DIE if they don’t have these toys or watch these shows.

My Princesses enjoy dance and The General (my dh) recorded a new dance show that is susposed to be a competition between the whole world. I was HORRIFIED when one of the first contestants came out in a “dress” that barely covered both her front and rear parts and while she “danced” it displayed her thong. Not a dancers leotard, a underwear type thong…which displayed MUCH of her. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! You used to have to PAY women of ill repute a lot of money to get them to do that and they didn’t do it in public. Now it seems women are begging to do this for every tom, dick and harry to watch. So much for being empowered and liberated. As a tv commentator recently said “If I hear liberated and empowered women, I know that someone is going to be naked and most likely a slut”.

THIS IS NOT what I want my daughters to be. And to sit there hopeless at the devils onslaught is to throw them to the wolves!

I don’t allow this in my house, I will answer for what I put before my children and it is hard enough as it is. Thanks for the post and the sweet tone it was written in.

Hope you feel better!

Many Blessings 🙂
Ace

January 14, 2009 11:25:00 PM CST
Muthering Heights said…
Mrs. Fuentes,

I must ask, from which website to you procure the lovely paintings that you use on your webiste? I recognize and love many of them. They are beautiful, and compliment your writings well!

Thank you for your time!

MutheringHeights@gmail.com

January 14, 2009 11:54:00 PM CST
Leah said…
This is SO needed and SO spot on; I am very aware of what glittery, singing, pretty faced teen idols can do to my young children as I see it on others which for one can result in 6 year olds acting like 14 year olds! WE need to win their hearts NOT them…not matter how catchy their music is!!

January 15, 2009 6:34:00 AM CST
Jennifer said…
First of I want to say how much I love your blog. My 4 yr old, almost 5 yr old daughter has been infatuated with Hannah Montana (HM) for a while now. The other day I heard her repeating something and found out it came from HM or the show rather… she mainly watches it at her grandparents house. I have banned her from watching the show and I told the grandparents no more HM. I explained to my daughter that we do not speak that way and why.

My curiosity got the best of me and I sat an watched it one night while she was elsewhere. I was shocked! 14 year old girls dressing and and acting like 25 year olds! Even at 25 I wouldn’t wear such as that.

You are so right, we have to be very careful for our daughters sake!

January 15, 2009 6:50:00 AM CST
Anonymous said…
Amen, Amen, and Amen!!! Our daughters are worth so much more!!! If, no when i ere ,i pray it will be on the side of caution and not permissible parenting. I KNOw dangers unfortunately. Please Mothers ,protect and love and enjoy your precious gifts. Thank you so much for this post.tammyp

January 15, 2009 9:01:00 AM CST
Jeannetta said…
Amen! If we could only teach them all that they are precious daughters of God. If they only could understand their Divine Nature.
We have five daughters and two sons. Sadly the two oldest girls have chosen poorly, but the other three are more sure of their identity, and their eternal role.
Thank you for this beautiful post.

January 15, 2009 12:28:00 PM CST
Bethany Hudson said…
I have long been shocked by the sorts of things we expose our daughters to–and at SUCH a young age! Of course, there is practically no way to shelter them from this stuff completely, but there is a big difference between a friend sharing a Hannah Montana CD with your daughter and buying your own 5 year old a Bratz doll! In fact, all of this “teen idol” saturation among elementary school girls is one of the reasons I am so eager to homeschool my daugther when she’s older.
~Bethany

January 15, 2009 1:22:00 PM CST
Julia Weston said…
Hello Mrs. Fuentes,
I have been reading your blog for several weeks now and have enjoyed each post. If you don’t mind, I’d like to get your opinion on a news item that’s troubling me today. I don’t wan’t to hijack your comment section; is there another way for me to contact you? My email is juliaannweston@gmail.com.

Thanks for the post above; I have a 4-month old daughter and your words really struck a chord…

Julia

January 15, 2009 1:43:00 PM CST
Gombojav Tribe said…
*applause*

Thank you for speaking up! We certainly agree!!

(daughter of Lady Dorothy from Daffodil Dreams)

January 15, 2009 1:50:00 PM CST
Lady Laura said…
Very well said. I share your concern.

When Brittney Spears was dating Kevin Federline and it was made known that he had already fathered 2 children by two girls (to young to be called women)–I thought surely her Mother would talk some sense into her–but NO. And then the stories of Lindsay Lohan’s Mother taking her barely legal aged son out to clubs to drink and do drugs with him!

It’s little wonder some of these kids go astray and are so lost because, where in fact, are the Mothers? Even teen stars under contract with the Disney Channel aren’t immune to scandal.

My sister has a hard time buying modest clothing for her 11-year old daughter. If you want to dress them with words across their butt and shirts that bare their mid-driff–you can find it. But if you want tops that actually cover up their belly–it’s hard to find. And finding a dress? Forget it–the only time stores carry a dress in her size is at Easter. And skirts?–we’ve learned to make them so as to avoid mini-skirts–that’s all that’s in the stores.

And it’s not just a problem limited to girls. I used to tell my now grown son that his body wasn’t a living billboard. That if he wanted to make a statement in how he dressed it should be HIS statement and not that of designers. Now he uses that very same line with his own son!

Blessings,

January 16, 2009 10:09:00 AM CST
MRS MJW said…
I don’t know what a “cheetah girl” is, but I agree with the point of your post.

January 16, 2009 8:30:00 PM CST
Father’s Grace Ministries said…
Amen! What damage these shows can do! We don’t allow Barbie, Bratz, Hannah Montana or High School Musical in our home. We try to provide more moral or godly alternatives. But, we do find our daughters occasionally influenced in a 2nd hand manner(even by a friend’s drawings!)via others exposed to these fads.
I wrote an article recently on my own blog against Hannah Montana and similar fads that seek to destroy childhood as we remember it.
Claire

January 17, 2009 12:53:00 AM CST
Vera Prince said…
Mrs. Fuentes,
I was at the mall with my fiance and we stopped in front of the Limited Too (a pre-teen clothing store). We’re reevaluating our relationship as Christians and we were discussing what we would and would not allow our children to wear. We took one look at the clothing on display and my fiance said “No. Our daughter will not wear clothing like that. It’s too provocative. I don’t want my child to try to look and act like adult S*x objects.” A woman passing, stopped us and said, ” Thank you! It makes me feel so good to hear a young couple take a stance like this. God bless!” It was a brief interaction, but it really touched us. It reminded me of you.
Thanks for such a great post!

January 18, 2009 10:56:00 PM CST
Mrs. June Fuentes said…
Dear Elly,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share what you are going through right now.

I know it must be hard to want to do what you feel is right in your heart and unable to do it. That is okay, because God put those feelings in your heart to want to stay home, raise children and be a homemaker.

Since you are not in that position right now, here is what I advise:

1. Be content where God has placed you. God is teaching you right where you are right now. Use this time wisely and serve Him right where you are at.

2. Trust God for His timing and His plans (whether you come home or not or having more children).

3. Share with your husband, in a godly way, your desires and see if there is a way to eventually work on bringing you home (like he gets a new job that can support the family).

4. Meanwhile, continue to petition God to bring you home and make the best of the situation. This is living out your faith as you trust His hand in your life.

There are many examples of people in the Bible who were in a position they did not want to be in—like Moses, Jonah, and Job to name a few. I recommend reading their stories for encouragement. and wisdom.

I hope that helps!

Many blessings…

January 19, 2009 5:04:00 PM CST
yeokeehui@gmail.com said…
Well said. Every godly family must take to heart all these before the Devil destroy our home.

January 20, 2009 1:39:00 AM CST
Pumpuli said…
Hello!

This is to thank you for the lovely encouragement I have been receiving from this blog since I found it in late 2008. It is the first Christian one that I felt right about. Thank you very much. I cherish also the lovely images that grace the pages. Together with the texsts they all send a unified message. The reason I am writing today is to congratulate on the new background, it is very beautiful.

A week ago I found myself in a stressful situation spending a week in a ski-resort in Finnish Lapland with my husband’s relatives. We lived closely in a nice cabin. On several days I felt saved from the chaos by the peace God poured on me as I visited your site at the public computers of the resort. The others are not professing Christians and there was a lot of tension between various people. God used this blog and it’s archives to put my heart at peace in a difficult time.

God bless your home!

I hope you’ll be able to keep on posting.

Love,

Kirsti

P.S. Greetings from snow-white Finland.

January 20, 2009 5:06:00 AM CST
Mrs. Lady Sofia said…
I don’t have children of my own yet, but I agree with your post 100%! When I go to the clothes stores, I see some of the fashions that they have for little girls and I think, “That looks like something made for a woman to wear!” Even worse, some of the fashions for little girls are not appropriate for a little girl or a “big girl.”

It’s a very sad situation. I wish people would open their eyes and see the truth behind the “so-called” fads of the world.

January 22, 2009 9:05:00 PM CST
michelle said…
I totally agree with you, and it makes me sad to see parents (even those in full time ministry) who let there girls wear Hannah Montana clothing. Incidently, I was cutting out coupons the other day out of the Sunday paper and came upon a Lever 2000 soap coupon. The coupon had a side view picture of a woman from the hips and down washing herself in the shower. It showed the side of her butt and was very suggestive. I just got through contacting Unilever products and registered a complaint. I think it’s sad that sexual content is pushed in the media, but does it have to be on coupons as well? Thanks for being a voice.
Thanks,
Michelle

January 24, 2009 10:03:00 AM CST
Laura Spilde said…
I grew up in a home where all three of us girls often received a barbie doll for Christmas. I don’t believe my parents had proper discernment because we rarely read scriptures at our home. We can only know the proper way to help our children to come to know the Lord by keeping his or her heart in love and truth of Scripture.

By giving a child a mean looking bad-guy creature or power rangers creature or giving a girl excessive fake beauty supplies….we can expect to loose our children to the world. Our main priority should be to keep our children’s hearts for God.

January 24, 2009 12:31:00 PM CST
Sheri said…
I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for this wonderful post!

January 30, 2009 10:42:00 AM CST
Jeannie said…
It is because to many parents these days would rather be friends with their kids than be parents that is why you will see the mothers and the dads dressing more like the kids than dressing appropriately for their maturity

February 1, 2009 1:41:00 PM CST
LittleLadyAllwoman said…
I feel the same. My daughter wants to watch disney channel and for this reason i am cutting off my cable.

January 27, 2011 9:08:00 PM CST
Mrs Adept said…
It is not just these types of shows that we need to protect them from – we need to live by example and not let our eyes fall upon such wickedness that is seen in ALL movies / sitcoms.

Don’t bother to take away HM and what not unless you are willing to take away the shows that are filled with wickedness yourselves.

Children spot hypocrisy a mile away.

The best solution is to draw the line in the sand and get rid of the TV full stop.

Then you might have some ground to stand on.

March 24, 2011 1:18:00 PM CDT
HaggyHouseWife said…
I know that this is a old post but I had to add my two cents in…
This is why I home school my kids.. this is why there is no Tv in the house.. Movies are picked out by me.. and turned off if I find them unbecoming to young adults… Their father and I both are very open to what happens to young ladies who dress and act that way… and to the boys that marry them!

October 20, 2011 9:

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FROM A WISE WOMEN-HAPPY MOTHER DAY!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am not going to be around this weekend for Mother’s Day so I wanted to wish all my readers a Happy Mother’s day today! Motherhood is glorious, hard, exhausting yet the most rewarding work which is why I wanted to share some quotes to encourage you… “A mother’s love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the worlds condemnation, a mother still love on.” -Washington Irving

“Mother is the sweetest word that ever one could say: It speaks of love and tenderness, and quiet beauty day by day.”

A mother’s love is a beacon of light that shines faith, and truth, and prayer; and through the changing scenes of life, her children find a haven there.”

 “Mother–that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.”

 –T. De Witt Talmage

“The instruction receive at a mother’s knees is never quite effaced from the soul.”

Mothers, you are needed! Do not grow weary in your high calling but know that the Lord is pleased with your sacrifice that will impact eternity. If you are feeling tired or discouraged, do not be dismayed, you are doing kingdom work and at times it can be exhausting. Do not become overwhelmed but seek your strength from our heavenly father who can refresh your soul unlike anything else on this earth.

And–in honor of Mother’s day we’d like to offer our ebook, True Christian Motherhood, for just 99 cents (pdf version only-a  $7 value) to those who haven’t had a chance to read it yet. You can get it here.Buy Now

We can also “gift” it to your favorite mom–just send us an email at truechristianmotherhood@gmail.com if you are interested!

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 Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

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 A Mother’s Love Chapter



If I talk to my children about what is right and what is wrong, but I have not love, I am like a ringing doorbell or pots banging in the kitchen. And though I know what stages they will go through, and understanding their growing pains, and can answer all their questions about life, and believe myself to be a devoted mother, but I have not love, I have nothing.

If I give up the fulfillment of a career to make my children’s lives better, and stay up all night sewing costumes or baking cookies at short notice, but grumble about lack of sleep, I have not love and accomplish nothing.

A loving mother is patient with her children’s immaturity and kind even when they are not; a loving mother is not jealous of their youth nor does she hold it over their heads whenever she has sacrificed for them.

A loving mother believe in her children; she hopes in each one’s individual ability to stand out as a light in a dark world; she endures every backache  and hearthache to accomplish that.

A loving mother never really dies. As for home-baked bread, it will be consumed and forgotten: as for spotless floors, they will soon gather dust and heel marks. As for children, right now toys, friends and food are all-important to them. But when they grow up, it will be their mother’s love that they will remember and pass on to others. In that way, she will live on.

So care, training and a loving mother reside in a home, these three but the greatest of these is a loving mother.

-Anonymous

The Love Chapter for Mothers

If I talk to my children about what is right and what is wrong, but have not love, I am like a ringing doorbell or pots banging in the kitchen.

And though I know what stages my children will go through and understand their growing pains, and can answer all their questions about life and believe myself to be a devoted mother, but have not love, I am nothing… 

If I give up the fulfillment of a career to make my children’s lives better and stay up all night sewing costumes or baking cookies on short notice, but grumble about lack of sleep, I have not love and accomplish nothing…

A loving mother is patient with her children’s immaturity and kind even when they are not; a loving mother is not jealous of their youth, nor does she hold it over their heads whenever she has sacrificed for them.

A loving mother believes in her children; she hopes in each one’s individual ability to stand out as a light in a dark world; she endures every heartache and backache to accomplish that.

A loving mother never really dies. As for homebaked bread, it will be consumed and forgotten; as for spotless floors, they will soon gather dust and heelmarks. As for children, right now toys and friends and food are all-important to them. But when they grow up, it will be their mother’s love that they will remember and pass on to others. In that way, she will live on.

So care, training, and a loving mother reside in a home, these three; but the greatest of these is a loving mother…

My Mother is a Bridge

 “I cannot forget my mother.

 She is my bridge,

 When I needed to get across,

 she steadied herself long enough
for me to run across safely.”

This a quote included in the new bestseller, True Christian Motherhood. If you are a mother looking for encouragement, vision, support and hope, I wanted to invite you to the officially start and kickoff of the True Christian Motherhood Discussion Group online and would love for you to come and join us. There are currently 248 ladies there and we are covering Chapter one today. It is a wonderful way to start the new season and school year by helping us to stay focused on what really matters and how we mother. It is NOT too late to join, you can grab a book right now and jump right in. It is available at Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook or you can just download it on your PC instantlyby clicking here (it’s super easy):

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Also, I am getting word that women are using this as a Bible study in their homes and churches. This is a wonderful way to share this book with other women. If you are doing this OR thinking about doing this, please contact me. I will give a discount for group purchases, email me at truechristianmotherhood@gmail.com for more details. Also, for those who have contacted me about reviews, we are working on answering all the emails we have gotten since the book has been released and you should hear from us very soon!

And for those who didn’t know, you can download Kindle onto your PC for FREE, just click right here, and purchase True Christian Motherhood directly through there instantly as well (not to mention all the great other ebooks they have–several are free or start at 99 cents! Great for homeschoolers–I just recently dowloaded several excellent classics at no cost).

**UPDATE**: I am also giving away THREE free copies to Mom’s  who are going through financial hardship who are in the group, just send me an email at the address above and tell me your story. 🙂
See you over at the TCM Discussion Group!

 Mother’s Day Reflections

 Dear ladies,

 How was your Mother’s day? I hope that it was wonderful.  Mine was INCREDIBLE—we ended up visiting a church we attended in the past for almost a decade. We took free Mother’s Day portraits there, connected with several old friends and got to hear a life changing message! I wish I could share it all with you here, I was hoping that since the church livestreams I would be able to link to the message but they don’t have it up just yet so when and if they do, I will share it with you then but until they do that I will just share some of the highlights here. A few great points were:

  •  We need to speak verbal affirmation into our children at all times and not grow weary. We are the major influencers in our children’s lives whether they are young or adult and we can not forget the power before our words to define them and mold them into the people they will become. 

  • We need to give them physical love even though we might not have received it ourselves. We need to hug, pat on the back, etc. because if not they will seek it somewhere else.

  • We need to speak spiritual blessings into their life purposefully.

  • We need to not just speak into the lives of our children but also our grandchildren.

  • We cannot make excuses, we control our actions

  • It is never, EVER to late to begin doing any of these things above and begin powerfully impacting the lives around us

And then at the end, Pastor Mark invited all of the women up to the altar and prayed powerfully over them. He prayed with authority, love, compassion and much like a spiritual father over the women and pouring blessings into their lives. I saw the faces of the women standing there—so many broken, so many crying and hugging eachother, and many never having a man pray like that over them. I’m telling you, it was very hard to hold back the tears. You could just imagine the men who have failed them in the past, the father’s who were not present, the love that was not available. My heart cries out for these women and I am so happy that the Lord stands in that empty abyss of our hearts and showers abundantly perfect love and grace over each and every one of us.

 It was great hearing a message like that—powerful and life changing. I never want to forget that there are lives out there that need transforming and aching to hear the life giving hope the Lord offers to us. To see others and myself greatly reaping from and fully immersed in the refreshing waters of God’s truths. I don’t ever want to become complacent in my faith or become too*religious* that I lose sight of his true work around me.

 Later that day I enjoyed Mother’s day and celebrated two birthday parties. I felt so blessed. Blessed to have friends, blessed to have family, blessed to have an amazing husband that I never deserved and just so thankful to God for all of his undeserving goodness.

I hope your day was as special as mine. I don’t think I will forget about it anytime soon. I pray that it will resonate and linger with me until the day that I die, sparking a wild fire that reaches the ends of this earth and will ultimately never die out.

http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2011/05/mothers-day-reflections.html

2 wise responses:

mariecjsjourney said…
What a very nice quotes like it. Mom is a fulfill job. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salary jobs… since the payment is pure love.
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May 11, 2012 12:50:00 PM CDT
Janelle@AStoryofGrace said…
Happy Mother’s Day! Loved the pictures especially the first one (the roses).

May 11, 2012 5:53:00 PM CDT

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