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Homemaking

We don’t do faith things and then shut off our faith to do our homemaking. Not all homemaking is spiritual, but a lot of it is.

The Bible says to yield our members to righteousness. So If you are praying in faith for the Lord to restore your family? You must then yield your body to the answer to your prayers. You must begin building up your home and preparing your home for a miracle. Learn to make your husband’s favorite foods. Prepare your whole household to receive the answer to your prayers.

I used to read to the children when they were young out of the Uncle Arthur devotions for children. The stories often were about walking out your faith. A family was without food, but the mother was full of faith. She did as much as she could with the food she had. But one day they had no food. She didn’t lose faith and she just set the table by faith and expected a miracle. Well, they were miles from town and they only went to get their mail about once a month. They sent their son to walk the miles to the post office. Well, in the mail was some money that was owed to the father for some work he had done and not been paid for. The Lord had spoken to this man to pay his bill that he owed to this father in the story.

And there are a lot of true stories like that. I have read many about the women during the Depression. Now those were hard times!!!! I really feel that it was the women, mainly, that won that war of poverty. Had those mothers not made a home in the midst of such an economic storm, where would anyone have rested their souls? The mothers worked hard on their gardens and sewed the clothes for their children. Some made homes in chicken coops. They just took what they had and went by faith. The saying when I was a girl was always, “A man builds a house but a mother makes a home.”

When I was with the family on Sunday, Mom was talking about the Depression. She was saying that when her folks went to buy a farm, they didn’t look at the house … they looked at the land. They made their living from the land. They were farmers. The house — whatever it was — was up to the mother to make a home out of it. I have seen pictures in old books where the mother wallpapered her house with newspaper. This kept the wind from coming in. Many children learned to read by reading the wallpaper.

I read about a woman that had a garden that had dried up during the drought. Well, weeds will always grow. So she canned lambs quarters, which is what we would call a weed. But she kept her family going. How much faith does that take, to not give up or lay down and, instead, can lambs quarters? I mean, that just makes me ache in my spirit. It makes me want to cry out in intercession for the faith to not give up. Where was this woman at in her faith, just before it came to her to can weeds to keep her family in food for the winter?

Well, we mothers in this age … ooooooh, we face things like that. Just a few of the details have changed. We don’t fight such a war on poverty as we fight a demonic spiritual war. The women during the Depression did have the example of the older Titus woman. These women, I think, had more of an understanding of their job as homemaker and mother.

RELATED LINKS
Uncle-Arthurs.com – Uncle Arthur’s books of real, true life stories teach timeless Christian values.

Keepers at Home

Dear Keepers,

You know what? My writing lately has been different. The Holy Spirit really has a message in my heart. First of all, after Dolores wrote her email that I sent to you, I really got to thinking, “What is the Lord saying?” I really feel that there is coming, like, a judgment in the house of God. And He wants we mothers to get our homes in order.

So far, we have done OK as we have leaned towards the gods of this world. Judgment hasn’t hit some of us on that one.

But for some others of us, our eyes have been opened. This whole issue is very simple. God’s word is the only authority. He is our healer, our counselor, our doctor, our supplier. He is our teacher, our pastor. His word is true and His holy order for the family is a better order than what we can dream up on our own. And it is not by might, and not by power, but by His Spirit that our families will remain intact. I think the time has come that the Lord is saying to quit trying to make a home with your own ideas … follow the Master’s plan.

I am not speaking to the wives that want to work outside the home. This writing is to the wives that God has called home.

I really feel there is coming an even greater attack on the family and the mothers at home will play such an important role. It’s like, if these wives will simply drop back into this place of holy humility, you will find life so simple and easy. It’s like this humility will take you into another spiritual realm. Submit to your husband as unto the Lord.

One of these days, folks will say, “Well, how did that family even make it? That wife stays home and doesn’t even work while the two income families are falling apart. How does that work?” It’s simple. Because we are in a spiritual war with satan and this world’s ideas are failing, and now we had better see if God’s ways will work.

Now that I saw my Dad die in a hospital and saw with my own eyes some things … I mean, I will die at home, thanks.

And how long will it be before the power outages hit our area? It may have hit your area by now. And as you know, it doesn’t matter how much money you have — your lights are going off as fast as the poor people’s lights. We are in a spiritual war and not a physical war. Money won’t make a spiritual war any easier.

Mothers who are called home, be sure to obey the Lord. Take on His yoke for His burden is easy. His burden is that of a housewife for a mother in her home. It’s easy to walk in obedience to the Lord. It’s hard — very hard — to do our own thing.

I don’t get the CNN News … we don’t have cable. But I talked to a friend this afternoon that does. She was saying the news was talking about how will we go back to the time before electricity when we have a lot of power outages? Well, it’s simple … just go back. Get out your kerosene lamps and have at it.

Some folks, when their lights go out, will hoop and holler. But the saintly mother, called and set apart unto God, will remain calm because she has discerned the times and the seasons. She is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her family safe and full of faith. She is a visionary and has the imagination of a child, and God will speak to her in so many ways as to how to make it without electricity or whatever she lacks. And she will leap to her feet when she hears Him call. For her ears are tuned to the Master’s voice.

Love,
Connie

Father’s Day

Dear Ladies,

It’s morning. I am up and running. Today the children in town will be here for dinner. The out of state kids will just call and wish Jim a Happy Fathers Day. And if they don’t, Papa will call them and tell them it’s Fathers Day. We know that it’s easy to forget the holidays when you are young.

Last night in the night, I thought of my own father, and I thanked the Lord that he wasn’t suffering anymore. Now I must continue to minister to those who are very much in the hustle and bustle of living. My own mother wanted to stay at her home today. I will go and visit her later on this evening. The grieving process seems to have its own time. I want to hurry it along and yet I teeter tooter. Mom seems to understand it better than I do. She is really taking it easy and working through it. And because I am who I am, I am trying to pop out of it.

I long to live in the miracles again and see the mighty power of God. And yet, as Maia — my friend from Australia — wrote in an email this morning, life has its cycles. And it does. You can’t hurry up and grieve, any better than you can hurry up and have a baby, or hurry up and become a woman. It all takes some time. But I am anxious to get on with my life as a mother and wife.

Yesterday when Jim went out the door for that interview for his new job? I just sat on the davenport and prayed and didn’t move. I was still in the same place when he got back. When I heard the car door slam outside in the driveway, I was still in the same place on the davenport. When I heard Papa come up the steps, I heard him cough, and I told Dan, “Papa got the job. I can tell by the way he coughed.” When he came in, we just rejoiced and praised the Lord. I called my friend Mary and told her, “Mercy! Jesus had His name written on this one.” It was sort of a word from the Lord saying, “Get ready for the miracles of God again.”

And, boy, am I ready! You know I always say, well, I win a few, lose a few. I thought Dad was going to be healed and he sure wasn’t. But I don’t blame God. I know somewhere along the line, I missed it … not God. Now I have to go on to the next miracle, the next race of my faith. I must continue to fight the good fight of faith. Old things are passed away. I must sing a new song and breathe in new miracles … and keep on walking … and soon again dancing in His glorious light … and shouting from the mountain tops.

Indeed all things are possible to those who believe. Nothing is impossible with God.

Love,
Connie

 
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