Friday, December 25, 2009

The Gift of Gifts

What shall I render for Thee for the gift of gifts, Thine own dear Son, begotten, not created, my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute, His self-emptying incomprehensible, His infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp.

Herein is wonder of wonders: He came below to raise me above, was born like me that I might become like Him.

Herein is love: when I cannot rise to Him He draws near on wings of grace, to raise me to Himself.

Herein is power: when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart He united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and the created.

Herein is wisdom: when I was undone, with no will to return to him, and no intellect to devise recovery, He came, God-incarnate, to save me to the uttermost, as man to die my death, to shed satisfying blood on my behalf, to work out a perfect righteousness for me.

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds and enlarge my mind; let me hear good tidings of great joy, and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore, my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose, my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father; place me with ox, ass, camel, goat, to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face, and in Him account myself delivered from sin; let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart, embrace Him with undying faith, exulting that He is mine and I am His.

In Him Thou hast given me so much that heaven can give no more.

From 'Valley of Vision'

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mary's Song

Luke 1:46-55

“And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For he had regard for the humble state of His bond slave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. And His mercy is upon generation after generation towards those who fear Him.He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble. He has filled the hungry with good things; and has sent away the rich empty-handed. He has given the help to Israel His servant, in remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.”

This is Mary’s song after she visits her cousin Elizabeth and finds that she is with child just as the angel said, confirming that the child within her was the Son of God as the angel had also said. This song gives us a peak into her heart. She speaks of God’s faithfulness and mercy. She knew she was going to be used for the most miraculous and wonderful occurrence ever, but her praise was only for the Lord, for she knew it was not because of her own merit that the Lord chose her. She speaks of His power and authority along with His love and grace. Mary’s song beautifully shows a heart that is used by God. Does that describe our hearts?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

White as Snow!

As I dream of snow and continue to sing the line "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" in hopes that it will cause the white fluffy stuff to fall from the sky I am reminded of the spiritual analogy of snow.

"... though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow..."
Isaiah 1:18

As we consider the Child that came into the world and we contemplate His birth we need to never lose sight of why Christ came as an infant. The cradle must have the cross and the cross must have a cradle. We need the cross with the cradle. When we accept the cradle and the cross and trust Christ as our substitute, then we will "be white as snow."

..."wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Psalm 51:7

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jesus' Mother, Mary

"Behold, the handmaiden of the Lord; Be it unto me according to thy word..."
Luke 1:38

This was Mary's response to the news that she was carrying the Savior of the world, the Son of God, Jesus. Can you imagine the fear and uncertainty that Mary was feeling? Here she was a virgin and yet she was carrying a child. She was unmarried and going to have a baby. On top of that, this wasn't just any child... but the Son of God. In the midst of the fear of being addressed by an angel and finding out the incredible news, this was her response. What an example to all of us. When God shows us His will (or even if He doesn't) we can respond, "be it unto me according to Thy word and will, Lord."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

November 29, 2009 - First Week of Advent

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free.
From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art.
Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King.
Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit, rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Hymn by Charles Wesley

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 106:1

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 118:1

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 118:29

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 136:1

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 136:3

Do we get it yet? Three truths: give thanks, He is good and His steadfast love endures forever!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me in His light,
and wrote His law of righteousness with power upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength and causes fears to fly;
Whose every promise is enough for every step I take;
Sustaining me with arms of love and crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who reigns above;
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, whose every thought is love.
For everyday I have on earth is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all, to love and follow Him.

My Heart is Filled by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful For You!

"I give thanks to my God always for you..."
1 Corinthians 1:4

I am regularly giving thanks for the ones I love, both family and friends. God has used so many of them in my life I can't even begin to tell all the ways. When I have needed encouragement, help or even a kick in the rear they have always been there. God has placed dear ones in my life as a means of grace and mercy. I only hope that someday I can be half the blessing to them as they have been to me. Thank You, Lord for all of them!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"... I will give thanks to You, O Lord, for though You were angry with me, Your anger turned away..."
Isaiah 12:1

God's anger did turn away from us, but because God is a just and holy God, His judgment turned to Christ. His wrath rested on the Son of God, so that we might have eternal life. How wonderful! This is our greatest reason to be thankful!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Will of God

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

How many times have I asked the Lord for guidance and that He would show me His will. Well, here it is; rejoice, pray and give thanks! How simple and easy that seems and yet how short I fall!

Show me what it means to rejoice always, to pray without ceasing and to give thanks in everything. Thank You that You do show us Your will for our lives. May we always seek to accomplish it with the help of Your Spirit!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November 22, 2009

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.

And now, let the weak say "I am strong"
Let the poor say "I am rich"
Because of what the Lord has done for us.

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Hymn by Mary Rose Jensen

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Come With Thanksgiving

"Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving..."
Psalm 95:2

A wonderful verse for us to contemplate as we prepare to worship the Lord tomorrow. Of course this should be our purpose and desire every Sunday, but the verse seemed especially applicable as this week is Thanksgiving. Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

My Whole Heart

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all Your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!

I can hardly believe it, but Thanksgiving is a week away! I wanted to take time on my blog to give thanks to God. So this is the start of at least a weeklong time of thanksgiving.

Psalm 139:14

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works and my soul knows it very well.”

What a beautiful verse. I especially love the part where it says, “my soul knows it very well.” How can we know anything about the human body and believe that it just happened? I thought, while talking about humans, who better to quote than Charles Darwin.

“To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances from adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”

-Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, 1859

He then later said:

"Jesus Christ and his salvation. Is not that the best theme?"


Thank You that You designed us, created us, and then through Your Son You bring us into relationship with You. We praise You and thank You!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Goin' Home!

"... and they returned home." Acts 21:6

Yes, we are heading home. What a whirlwind trip it has been, but what a blessed time! We are so thankful for our friends!

So long California!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

How Deep The Father's Love For Us

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

How Deep The Father's Love For Us
by Stuart Townend

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I Will Be Your Friend

So many memories and so many miles
The road that stretches behind us
We've had some laughter and our share of tears
But all these moments unite us

Sure as the river runs to the sea
High as the mountain that reaches
You were there by my side till the end
(and) helped me on my feet again

So in the valley walk on
Don't have to face it alone
Cause in the hard times
We keep growing strong
As we learn, as we live
That we live when we give

I'll be your friend for a lifetime
Against the wind and the rain of every season
Won't walk away in the hard times
I will be your friend
I'm saying I will be your friend

'I Will Be Your Friend'
by Michael W. Smith

Friday, November 13, 2009


Proverbs 17:17

“A friend loves at all times…”

I have been contemplating and celebrating friendships and fellowship and knew that I needed to write a post. Friends are such a gift from God. I have found them to be a means of grace again and again. My family and I are staying with friends in California that have been coming to visit us in Montana for over 20 years. We are here for the wedding of an old friend to his lovely bride (a new friend). I spent this summer traveling all around the U.S. seeing some old friends and making some wonderful new friends! And of course our wonderful friends back at home. We are so blessed to be loved by faithful friends and the privilege to love them. They encourage, bless, challenge, support, pray for and just love on us. I am so thankful that God made us to be relational people not only with each other, but also with Himself. He is our greatest, most loving, and most faithful friend.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Monday, November 9, 2009

Road Trip!

"And for many days we traveled..." Deuteronomy 2:1

We are going to be traveling for the next week. We are going to a friend's wedding in California. Friends, fellowship, driving, favorite road trip food, music, sun, beach, mexican food, fun and family; it's going to be a great time! Be back soon!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November 8, 2009

My Heart Is Filled

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me in His light,
and wrote His law of righteousness with power upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength and causes fears to fly;
Whose every promise is enough for every step I take;
Sustaining me with arms of love and crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who reigns above;
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, whose every thought is love.
For everyday I have on earth is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all, to love and follow Him.

By Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Psalm 103:13-14

“... the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”

I was dusting today and wondered what spiritual application I could get out of it. Well, I found this verse. It called us dust and that really made me think about how fragile we are. Dust is not something I would want to be, but it is true. You are constantly cleaning dust up. You can blow on it and it scatters. It isn’t pretty or useful or anything else desirable. But that is what we are... without the Lord. Fortunately God knows our frame. He remembers that we are but dust. He shows compassion to those who fear Him. How gracious! How wonderful!

Psalm 103:17

“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him…”

Thursday, November 5, 2009


"She makes bed coverings for herself..." Proverbs 31:22

I am taking this verse very literally right at the moment; I am making a quilt. The last one I made was for precious Rebekah Belle and it was a joy to be able to make it for her. Now, I am making one for myself. It will be a queen size quilt of reds and blues and just a simple pattern called the Yellow Brick Road. I will post later with a picture of the finished project (hopefully before Christmas).

Sewing is a worthy and fairly easy way to beautify and economize. Curtains, pillows, rugs, quilts, aprons, clothes and more. Time is always limited and so we need to be careful to use it wisely, but saving money or making our home more beautiful doesn't seem to be a waste of time to me.

Sew much to do, sew little time...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sugar and Spice

"Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices..." Ezekiel 24:10

This is a very instructive verse. I like how it says to mix in the spices. I think this verse is a clear command to spice and season our meals and make them delicious. Okay, well maybe not a command (because I did take the verse out of context a little) but it is a good encouragement. Our families will be very blessed and thoroughly enjoy our meals that are tasty and healthy. We don't have to be a 5 star chef to make healthy and delicious meals. I am not a great cook, but I don't think that allows me to just let it stay that way. I am working at improving my cooking skills and that will probably be a reality for the rest of my life. I especially desire to learn to cook without recipes and just be able to throw things together, but that is definitely doing to take some work! I am not saying that there is a direct correlation between making delicious meals and being a godly woman, but it can be another way that we find joy in God's calling for our lives. Spice it up ladies!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Aroma of Christ

"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…"
2 Corinthians 2:15

An aroma of Christ; that is quite a responsibility. What is the aroma of Christ? Love, grace, mercy, truth, beauty, joy, faith, peace, patience, kindness, generosity and good works. Yep, that's easy! No problem, right?! Maybe not so much. Well, be encouraged! God has chosen us and predestined us to be the aroma of Christ. That means He is helping us and giving us the grace we need to be the aroma of Christ because it is only with His help that we will ever even begin to be a pleasant and sweet aroma.

What a great metaphor! I love this metaphor in part because I love scented candles. I love how a candle can fill the house with lovely (and sometimes hunger-inducing) scents. I especially love the seasonal candles such as sugar cookies, apple pie, harvest, pumpkin pie, evergreen and more. Hmmm... I think I'll go get one out right now!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

'God of the Ages'
From everlasting to everlasting You are God. Ps 90:2

God of the ages, history's maker
Planning our pathways, holding us fast,
Shaping in mercy all that concerns us;
Father we praise You, Lord of the past.

God of this morning, gladly Your children
worship before You, trustingly bow;
Teach us to know You, always among us,
Quietly sovereign, Lord of our now.

God of tomorrow, strong overcomer,
Princes of darkness, own Your command;
What then can harm us? We are Your people,
Now and forever kept by Your hand.

Lord of past ages, Lord of this morning,
Lord of the future, help us we pray:
Teach us to trust You, love and obey You,
Crown You each moment Lord of today.

Lyrics by Margaret Clarkson
Traditional Gaelic Melody

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Wise Woman

"The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands." Proverbs 14:1

Woman are always working on their house. We are working in either one of two ways; either tearing it down or building it up. You are building up your house whether you are a new wife and mother or if you have been in your house long enough to see grandchildren come along. So how do we build up or tear down our houses?

With our words... Encourage your husband, children and all those under your roof to be the people God has called them to be. Exhort when appropriate. Rebuke if necessary. On the other hand, the tongue can cause such demolition; it should not be underestimated. Sometimes it is those words we said before we thought about it, or taking a moment to calm down. Sometimes it could also be that word that was needed, but not said. The difficult but wise word can be just as important as the word that remains appropriately unsaid.

With our actions... Physically we can make our house a home by making it comfortable and welcoming and beautiful to bless and nurture our families. I think that there is great worth in decorating, organizing and keeping our homes clean to the best of our abilities. God is perfect in beauty and order and holiness, so why should we not strive to be in our homes? Our actions are also those hugs we offer, a cup of tea and warm meal for a weary traveler or a kiss for the one we love.

With our attitudes... Our attitudes have the ability to speak louder than words and flavor a whole house. If we are joyful, content, trusting and thankful it is communicated throughout the home like an aroma. Of course if we are ungrateful, frustrated or selfish it floats through the house like something rotten.

So what are you doing with your hands in your house? Are you building it up or tearing it down? We have to be careful because one little thing can tear down all that we have worked so hard to build. Are we teaching our children to help build up our homes? Are our homes radiating fellowship and love to those who enter it and look in on us? Are we building up our homes to bless our families and others? What aroma is filling our houses? What kind of a woman are you?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Good Works

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
What a thought. We are God's workmanship! Not only are we His workmanship, but we were created for good works. Good works that God prepared for us beforehand so that we might walk in them. I think this is awesome! I love that God designed me for what He wanted me to be doing. Sometimes I don't know what those good works are going to be when I am trying to peer into the future, but I know the One who does! He will show me what my works are to be and lead me so that I might walk in them. How comforting! There are so many good works, and we are not called to do all of them, but there are some for us to do. Cleaning the house, taking meals to families who need support, encouraging another Christian woman, obeying and honoring our parents, supporting our husband's or father's vision, discipleship, music, laundry, prayer, hospitality, or even just giving a smile or a hug are all good works. Just because they are good doesn't mean that they will be easy, but God prepared our work for us and prepared us for our work. Walk on!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Patience With Joy

Colossians 1:11 "May you be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy."
What a wonderful verse! That is the prayer of my heart for all believers. Whether you are a woman working at home, or a man leading and providing, or a child learning to follow God, we all need to be strengthened so that we can endure. As a woman at home, I believe that patience with joy can be a special prayer for us. It is only going to be through His power and might that we not only endure but endure patiently with joy. Oh, that I would be patient with joy! Oh, that I might endure and be used by God to do His work here on this earth. Find strength in Him!

If we endure, it is because of Your strength. If we are patient, it is because of Your might. Thank You! Thank you that true joy comes from You. May we always keep our eyes on You as we walk the path You have laid out for us and joyfully lead the life You have called us to. Thank You, Lord!


Proverbs 31:21 "She is not afraid of snow for her household..."
It is snowing this morning and that is why I thought of this verse in Proverbs.
I love winter! I love snow! I loving the fireplace and being under a warm quilt with some hot cocoa watching the snow come down. There is hardly anything better. I love winter because I am not afraid of it for my family. I know that we have enough wood to get us through and enough food to last us even if we do get stuck in the house by a major snow storm. Again I can laugh at the time to come. I have also started to pick out a pattern for a quilt that I want to make because winter seems like the perfect time to do that.
Are you looking forward to winter?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

One Heartbeat At A Time

'One Heartbeat At A Time' is a wonderful song by Steven Curtis Chapman. I thought for today I would post the lyrics to this song. Whether you are a mom or you have a mom (that should cover all of us) we need to be reminded of what a wonderful thing motherhood is and what a profound impact we as mothers have on our families and on the world around us. It is truly a high calling. Let us not let the world tell us that as wives and mothers we are of lesser value. There is nothing better than to be a wife and a mother. If you have a moment I encourage to you get on YouTube and listen to this song.

You're up all night with a screaming baby
You run all day at the speed of life
And every day you feel a little bit less
Like the beautiful woman you are

So you fall into bed when you run out of hours
And you wonder if anything worth doing got done
Oh, maybe you just don't know
Or maybe you've forgotten

You, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time

With every "I know you can do it"
Every tear that you kiss away
So many little things that seem to go unnoticed
They're just like the drops of rain over time
They become a river

And you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time

You're beautiful
You're beautiful
How you're changing the world
You're changing the world

You, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
Oh, I believe that you
You are changing the world
One little heartbeat
At a time

And you're changing the world!

The Time To Come

Proverbs 26:20 "For lack of wood the fire goes out..."

That seems like a no brainer, doesn't it. But it is the plain, hard truth, without wood the fire goes out. I conclude two principles from this verse. Not only do we need to collect wood to start a fire we need to have enough foresight to collect enough wood to keep it going. Discipline and wisdom. Those are the two principles I find in this verse. Proverbs 31:10-31 is constantly speaking of a woman of great worth and how she is constantly preparing for the future. I especially love verse 25 where it says "... she laughs at the time to come." She laughs not because she is foolish or immature or unprepared, but because she is ready for the time to come for her and her family. What a great example for us all. What can we be doing now that will prepare us for the future so that we will be ready and can laugh along with the Proverbs 31 woman? What are we preparing for? What needs to be prepared? For me, I can take Proverbs 26 very literally because I love to chop wood and we need to do so that we can be warm for the winter. I also think that there is a preparedness that each and every one of us need to have and that is with our hearts and our homes. Our homes to minister to our families (husbands, children, mothers, fathers, siblings) as well as those who enter our homes. Our homes can be a very powerful place for a godly witness. Also, our hearts for the work ahead of us. To tackle our tasks with patience and grace and joy. Are we preparing for the time to come?

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Because we were talking about washing clothes yesterday I thought I would post some helpful ideas for getting out stains. These are just a few I found.

Can't tell what that stain is? Still want to remove it? Try this sure-fire remover: Mix a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth. Rinse. The stain, whatever it was, should be gone.

Try a little tenderness to remove protein-based stains like milk, chocolate, and blood from clothes. For fresh wet stains, sprinkle on enough meat tenderizer to cover the area and let it sit for an hour. Then brush off the dried tenderizer and launder as usual. For stains that are already set, mix water and meat tenderizer to make a paste and rub it into the stain. Wait an hour before laundering as usual.

Older, set-in stains will often come out in the wash after being pretreated with a solution of 3 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 tablespoons liquid detergent in 1 quart (1 liter) warm water. Rub the solution into the stain, then blot it dry before washing.

If anyone has other stain removing techniques I would love to hear about them.

1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Washing Clothes

"Likewise, whoever lies down in the house shall wash his clothes, and whoever eats in the house shall wash his clothes." Leviticus 14:47
I think that passage is a very clear command to do our laundry. Maybe even for everyone to do their own laundry (haha, that would be a miracle). If we sleep or eat in a house, it is ours to do the laundry and if there is eating and sleeping there is going to be laundry. Now this probably isn't an encouraging and uplifting sort of passage, but it's there. Sometimes laundry is one of those chores that I become very weary of. It is never-ending. I mostly hate it when I can't get a stain out of my new favorite shirt. There are some dirt stains that we will never be able to get out. For example, our own sin. We will never be able to cleanse ourselves from our iniquity. Fortunately, God has already seen our need to be cleansed and washed. Thankfully we do not have to wash ourselves, because it would not be possible. Christ came and cleansed us from all our sin and dirt. Thank you LORD! Also, just as with laundry, our sanctification is a life-long process. It seems like I get close to being "done" or sanctified, but then I turn around and there is a new lesson for me to learn. A new area in which I need to trust the Lord. An old sin that pops up. But praise the Lord He is sanctifying us and is changing us more and more into the likeness of His Son.

"Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:11

Friday, October 23, 2009

Working heartily

I have been contemplating working at home. We wash dishes, vacuum, scrub toilets, fold clothes, cook meals, make beds, clean windows and as soon as we think we have everything done on our list a new day starts and with that new day we start back at the top of the list again. We could easily become overwhelmed and discouraged with the monotony of it all, but as women of the Lord we get to learn to walk in strength and patience. We get to learn to work skillfully and heartily. We get to put aside laziness and idleness. Of course, none of us can do that alone. We all need to seek the Lord and find our strength in Him. Then, and only then will we be the women, godly workers at home, that we desire to be and most importantly that God desires us to be.

"Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord..." Colossians 3:23

"She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

"The Lord is my strength..." Psalm 118:14

"In the beginning..."

The purpose of this blog is to incorporate Bible verses into daily housework. Hopefully it will be encouraging and entertaining as we go about our daily tasks and chores. Till the next post...

"... working at home..." Titus 2:5