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Welcome! This is where it all began. I no longer post on this website and some of the content reflects former convictions and understandings. Some of these posts are hard core on issues that I am softer on these days. I deleted many posts that I feared would lead people into legalism, so if you find a missing hyperlink that may be why. These days I write at Covered By His Hand.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Life is Still in Focus

Though my blogs lately have been more home-improvement related, I have not lost my focus and theme of "Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ." You see, I believe that a wife is the Keeper of the Home. I have said before, that I think some women go to the extreme with their domestic responsibilities, and they forget why they are decorating and cooking. We need to work with the fervor of working "as unto the Lord." We work hard... we keep our homes nice... but we do not let it rule us.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Prov 31:10-31 (KJV)

The virtuous woman is a busy woman! She certainly is not idle! Nor does she ignore the work that needs to be done within her gate! I think that I was ignoring the work that needed done in my house (especially my kitchen) because I feared the work. But, with my husband as a guide and governor, I was able to work on the house and not be consumed by it. I am always trying to find balance between doing too little and doing too much!

I have almost finished the kitchen painting work. I am ready to plant my garden. I am planning to sew a few things in the coming months (more on this later). I am eating healthier. I am cooking healthier! But, these things do not replace my growing in grace - they are a product of that growth!

I trust that I can write updates about our dietary changes, my learning to cook health foods, my home improvements, etc - without you all thinking less of me. I still love talking about deep theological subjects, I will still write plenty of book reviews!, but I am broadening my blog to include my domestic home duties. I pray that this will be yet another way to encourage my readers. God is gracious, and He will grow us!

5 comments:

Dawn said...

I just wanted to let you know that your home improvement blogs have encouraged me to tackle some of the really tough jobs around my home. I thought, "If she can do it, then so can I." As a keeper of the home, called by the Lord to this work, we mommies and wives must not neglect to do the things that we ought to in our homes. I personally am more able to serve my family by keeping my home when my walk with the Lord is right. When I wake early to spend time in prayer and Bible study, I find I am much more industrious throughout the day.

Bethany W. said...

Dawn,

Good point! Our spiritual upkeep is the most important business we need to be about!

This is especially important to women who, like myself, find themselves sick and weak about half of every year. We can be keepers of the home by loving the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength - and that may just mean studying the Bible more!

Excellent point, Dawn!

Bethany

sarah said...

Good to hear your perspective and view is focused on the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I for one have been swayed in the past by wanting perfection in the home and forgetting what my life on earth is really about, and how important my job as a mother is in training the children for Him.

I'm glad you are honoring your husband and getting these things done. it must feel good to have accomplished so much there!

Ruby said...

Bethany,
I too find the practical, day to day life posts an encouragement. After all this is our "work" and we should do it as unto the Lord! What I have loved about seeing your projects is the normal house and struggles that you have. This is so much more realistic to me than some of the unbelievably fabulous places I see on some other blogs. All my stay at home mum friends have pretty basic homes to live in and only one income to stretch around the keeping of it, so it is great to see others doing a lovely job in similar circumstances.
I am interested that you do all that renovating on a rented house. Over here, rented places are pretty much the responsiblitly of the owner, unless we work out some kind of arrangement (eg. our labour, his materials) consequently, our old place badly needs paint work etc but has to wait on the landlord's initiative. Of course we can do non fixture type inprovements.
Ruby

Bethany W. said...

Ruby,

My rental situation is very odd! We rent from a kind old farmer who charges us next to nothing! We have no lease, only a handshake agreement. The first time we viewed the home, I asked if I may make changes to paint and panel the walls. He said I can do what I like! He does not pay for my paint and supplies, but we hope that SOMEDAY he will get around to buying our paneling for some bad walls.... someday.
He trusts us, and we will not betray that trust. As conscientious Christians it is our goal to leave a place better than we found it. This is not always possible, as the kids do bring some wear and tear to a home... but we try to make as many helpful improvements as we are able to.

Bethany