Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Scripture: "'Mel Gibson's Passion,' by Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer, Part 1"

     Many years ago, when "The Passion of Christ," first was advertised for the movie theaters, I, like so many other ignorant folks, was excited to go see this film.  I lacked great discernment.  I was an immature Christian.
     I remember how moving the film was, to me.  I remember taking my lost (at the time) husband, along with other lost folks, and how they were moved by it.  Yet, that "movement" was just a fleeting emotion.  Did they get saved, from watching it?  No.  Did it encourage me to maturity in Christ?  No.
     Maybe there were folks upon which it made a good impact.  Maybe, even a lasting one.  Nevertheless, feelings ought to never dictate what we believe.  The truth, found in the Bible, should dictate our beliefs.
     That being said, many years after first watching that film (and later, purchasing it), we changed our perspective of it.  Taking it into the light of Christ, we found it lacking.  It had error, after error, in it.
     Thus, today's post.  Dear and I recently watched the first part of a two-part series, done by Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer, pertaining to said-film.  The first part is one-hour's length.  I am sharing it today, for your convenience.  I highly recommend folks to take a listen to this message!

Friday, June 27, 2014

"So You Think You Should Go To Work?" by Emily at Raising Homemakers

     I just finished reading a well-written article, directly aimed at the heart of us homemakers. I encourage each lady, to set aside a few moments, to read this piece. I believe it is well worth it!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 June Day Book

Outside My Window:

...Is our duck coop. :D

I Am Thinking:

...How BLESSED I am, to have been redeemed by Jesus Christ!

I Am Thankful For:

...My future being in the hands of Jesus Christ!

I Am Learning:

...So much more about God, as Dear takes me through His Word, in our daily Bible devotions!

From The Kitchen:

...Is the hum of the dishwasher.

I Am Wearing:

...A grateful heart!

I Am Creating:

...Can't say.  Someone might read it. :-P

I Am Going:

...To go to church services tonight!

I Am Reading:

...The Gospel of John:  such good reading!

I Am Hoping:

...In Jesus Christ!

I Am Hearing:

...Some great preaching by Brother Charles Lawson!

I Am Noticing:

...The Laodicean-attitude, pervading our nation.

I Am Wondering:

...How to get some projects completed.

I Am Realizing:

...One of the reasons, maybe, why God brought us to our new home.

Pondering These Words:

...Brotherly love.

Around The House:

...Is peace.

One Of My Favorite Things:

...Is to ride around in the truck, with Dear. :-)

A Few Plans For The Week:

1.  Keep working on some projects.
2.  Keep reading God's Word.
3.  Keep examining myself, in the light of Scripture.
4.  Keep looking for ways to bless folks.

Here Is A Picture Thought I Am Sharing:

My Love
Copyright 2014 Molding Into A Lady

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

W.o.W. Wednesday!

It is certain, that you will die, some day.

It is not certain, how you will die.

How have you prepared?

That day is coming.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Keeping An Evangelistic Mind, While Keeping At Home

     It is so easy, as a lady, to become caught up in the home, and forget the spiritual battle around us.  I know for myself, I became (and can get in that mode, again) so immersed in learning the ways of Biblical womanhood, that I neglected keeping an evangelistic mindset.  I had to remember, and need to remember, that being a keeper at home is one of the ways we can reach people for the Lord!

How on earth, can a lady be evangelistic, by following Titus 2:4, 5?

     For starters, you are obeying Scripture!  You are not giving the enemy cause to blaspheme the name of our God!  That is a huge opportunity, right there!

"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
(Titus 2:4-5)

     The men are the evangelists.  Only men are to be pastors and deacons.  As their wives, we can bless them by complying with the Lord's will, as stated above.  That compliance, alone, does so much in spreading the Gospel!  How?  It strengthens the men, to where they can focus on what God has called them to do, rather than trying to simply maintain order in the home...Or worse, giving up.
     Yet, God does want us women, who are His children, sharing the Gospel!  We need not feel as though we have no opportunity to spread the GREAT news of Jesus Christ!  Were not the first witnesses of His resurrection, women?

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."
(Matthew 28:1-10)

"And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept." 
(Mark 16:1-10)

"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles." 
(Luke 24:1-10)

"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." 
(John 20:1-18)

     Is not that beautiful?  Oh, how I love reading when Jesus called Mary, by name!  It fills my heart with love for Him!
     Later, we see how the apostles went and spread the Gospel.  The women were there, right alongside them, tending to the needs of the church.  
     We can tend to our church's needs, too.  We can make meals, make visits, clean...You know, "menial" tasks.  Yet, without those tasks being done, things would become chaotic, in a hurry.
     We can PRAY.  Think that "menial," too?  Was it "menial," when Christ prayed to the Father, in the garden of Gethsemane?  Was it "menial," when He prayed to the Father, in the seventeenth chapter of John?
     If it is worth little, why did Christ do it so often?  Why does He tell us to do it, and without ceasing, in the epistles?  I believe we believe too many Satanic, fleshly, and/or worldly lies.
     Praying for souls is laborious work.  To intercede on the behalf of others, is precious.  Have you never experienced those times when others interceded on your behalf?  No doubt someone prayed for your salvation, even if it was "only" Jesus Christ, as read in John 17.
     We can pray for those laboring in the fields.  Again, we have been blessed for folks praying for us; why not be a blessing, too?  Even if no one prays for you (which I highly doubt), we should still be praying for others.  Those men, who are sharing the Gospel (whether it be land foreign or domestic to them), need our prayers!  One example, of many, from the apostle Paul:

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." 
(Ephesians 6:18-20)

If he needed it, do you not think all saints need our prayers?

Did I not previously hear that word "all?" ;)

     In addition to prayer, we can hand out Gospel tracts.  Did I hear grunts and moans?  It really is not as awful as you think...Trust me, I know!
     I used to be intimidated (and embarrassed), to be seen as one of those "tracting" Christians.  (I think I just made up a word...)  Yet, really, what does a little foolishness for Christ compare to the salvation of lost souls?  Being seen as ridiculous, for handing out a small piece of literature, is worth seeing someone receive the Gospel message:  in hopes that they become born again!
     There are so many ways to get those tracts in people's hands!  I have heard stories of folks going down the beer aisle, and dropping them in the beer cases!  I have heard of people putting them in the pockets of hanging clothing, at the store.  I have heard of people leaving them in the bathroom (and, I have done that one, myself!).  
     You can give it to the person to whom you are paying your meal, at the drive-through window.  You can give it to your waiter/waitress, alongside their tip.  Be creative!  It is one way, as we are running our errands/eating out, to be a light for Christ.
     There are those opportunities given by the church, whereby we may congregate for evangelistic purposes.  I know I have been blessed, to be able to go to:  the senior center, to minister to the elderly; a mission home, to minister to those coming off of drugs and/or alcohol addictions; on street evangelism, to deliver tracts/studies to individuals as they pass by on their errands; and, soon, it seems, I will be going to a local fair to evangelize!  Does your church offer any opportunities, "big or small," to witness to your area regarding Christ? 
     Oh, the list could continue!  As we are sweeping our floors, making our beds, cooking our meals, let us keep Heaven in mind.  Is there someone you know, that you know needs to be saved?  Why not lift them up to the Lord, while you do your task?  It takes less than a minute, but can truly matter for eternity.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why I Am A Homemaker

     Why do I stay home?  I am a capable, intelligent, healthy woman.  I am still childless (not our choice).  All we have is a dog, and two ducks.  So, why not "get a job...?"
     Why not "go to school?"  Why place all the burden on Dear?  Why, why, why?
     Am I just lazy?  Am I totally incapable of functioning within society?  Am I unmotivated?  Or, worse, does Dear lock me away, as though I were a mousy woman?

Job Title:  Homemaker

Job Description:

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

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 
(1 Timothy 5:14)

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." 
(Titus 2:3-5)

That sounds like I already have a "full-time job!"  

     Please, do not be fooled, by the devil...Or, this world...Or, the flesh.  Being a keeper at home is a full-time vocation, regardless of children.  With children...You better believe you will be active!
     It is tempting to think that this God-ordained position, is nothing more than an antiquated, self-glorified title.  However, I really would have to disagree.  There are too many evidences otherwise!
     As a daughter of God, I am charged to follow after Christ.  He was submissive to the Father, so then, I must submit.  He said that if I love Him, I would keep His commandments.  So then, I will comply to this ordinance.
     As a wife, I am given the charge to care for my husband.  If and when He blesses us with the fruit of the womb (and/or, heart), I will be charged with their welfare.  We have animals, which are His creation.  He has clearly shown that we are to care for them, too.
     Caring for my husband, brings many responsibilities!  Just keeping up with a clean home, is a daily activity (that takes hours each day...Some more, some less...)!  Ensuring healthy, filling meals, are something for which I must plan.  I must also spend time making lists, to make sure we have food to eat!  I must utilize, to the best of our ability, (but relying upon the grace of God), the money he earns, to buy said-food; and, of course, other household needs.
     I am constantly watching the happenings of this home.  I am its manager.  There are meals to prepare, clothes for which to care, wounds/illnesses to be healed, organization to be done, visits to be had, errands to be run, things to be made, animals needing tended, dishes needing washed, bills to be paid, studies to be completed...
     Being a keeper at home, I have found, has expanded my creativity!  I have been motivated to try my hand at many things.  I have been given the freedom to be creative, in this role I have.
     I get to use my "free time" in this way.  I also use my "free time," in whatever way I want, (keeping in mind the Lord).  I used to feel guilty for it.  However, why should I?  Is it my fault that I am a homemaker?  Is it something for which I must be sad, or cower?  NO!
     I am thankful for the liberties I have, as a keeper at home!  God does not get angry at me, because I get to reap the benefits of the position He created for me!  He does not like it when I misuse it, or go contrary to His plans...But, to be upset with me for reaping the blessings for that which He made me?  I think not.
     I am learning to hold my head up high, in Christ, as a keeper at home.  I am not proud, in myself.  I am not apologetic, however, for deciding to obey Him.  I will not live as though I am doing something wrong, or shameful.  I am not living an unfulfilled, inglorious life.  Quite the contrary!
      I am living a very fulfilling, very pleasant, life.  The world, and most of "Christianity," may find it "dull."  They can have that opinion, if they wish.  They will not find me believing it "dull!"  There has been no greater fulfillment, than being the woman God wants me to be.
     It is confusion and perversion, to go contrary to the Lord's ways.  I know, I have tried rebelling against His ways, in the past.  All it served me was grief.  It confused the order of the home, and perverted my thinking.
     I tried being the boss.  That way does not work!  I thought that it was wrong to be in subjection to my own husband...To submit to him...
     I was wrong, in my thinking.  Of course, my actions were wrong, too, because they were controlled by my thoughts.  God worked on me, and is working on me, to fix that wrong mindset.
     Being a keeper at home is to place oneself into submission and subjection to her own husband.  I will say it, over and over again:  There is no shame in so doing!  Is it easier for me, than for some women?  Maybe.  I know there have been other women, for whom it has been easier for them, than for me.  It does not matter, the ease of it.  It matters that it is the way God wants life to be.
That is the reason I am a homemaker.

Freedom in Christ

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Scripture: "If There Be Any Consolation In Christ..."

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. 
(Philippians 2:1-18)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

In Ten Years...

How was I to know, that you would become my best friend?

How was I to know, that I could confide everything in you?

How was I to know, that your love would heal parts of me, that I had hidden away?

How is it, that you have become a shepherd for my soul?

How is it, that you have made a "dirty, messed-up" girl feel like a special woman?

How is it, that you have never left me?

How has it become, that we find our best bud in each other?

How has it become, that we delight in this "simple" life, together?

How has it become, that you love me the way you do?

When did our hearts become one?

When did life only seem enjoyable, with the other by our side?

When did marriage become something beyond what we see?

How far have we come, since the day we said, "I do!"

How wondrous the Lord has made this once-upon-a-time "optional" marriage,

Into something of permanence!

It is of the Lord:

He it is, who has transformed a backslidden daughter of God, and an unregenerate man,

Into faithful children of the most glorious Saviour!

He it is, who has taught both man and woman, how to love.

He it is, who has molded hearts into one.

He it is, who perfects the imperfect.

CHRIST JESUS is our bond.

CHRIST JESUS is our strength.

CHRIST JESUS is our love.

How can you love me the way you do?

Why have you not ran away?

How can you see something worthwhile?

How did I get such a man as you?

A man who will do anything to care for me.

A man who will travel endless miles to be with me.

A man who will guide me according to the ways of God.

A man who loves God more than anyone else in the world.

A man who will protect my heart, and share his with me.

A man strong in convictions from God's Word.

A man strong in the faith of the Most High God.

A man strong in his devotion to Christ.

A man who shows great tenderness towards me.

A man who, himself, is a tender and precious soul.

A man worthwhile to love.

Great it is to be loved by him.

How did I get such a precious gift in you, Dear?

Ahh, but I do remember now...

It was when Christ redeemed you!

"Wedding Vows"
Copyright 2014 Molding Into A Lady

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

W.o.W. Wednesday!

     Remember last week's "W.o.W. Wednesday!" article?  If not, please visit the post here.  Today, I would like to share the sermon that followed that one.
     I believe it is beneficial for us to consider how and why we share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.  This pastor definitely has a heart for it, and a heart for encouraging others to go out and do it.  May it bless you, dear sister, in your evangelizing for Christ!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Creating A Homemaking Binder

This verse is a CONSTANT source of encouragement for me.  :P

After seeing many blogs that I follow, have this "homemaking binder" thing going on in their lives, I decided to give it a try.  That fact, as well as the fact that Dear and I have recently moved; practically starting over.  Due to which, I desire to get a better grip on guiding our home, as the Scriptures say to do.  These sheets are by far no new idea; I will share links to the other women from whom I have learned, so that you can visit their sites and see what they have created!  I simply desired to share with you what I had made, that it may be a blessing to your home organization.  Enjoy!
**Sites where I first saw the blessings of the "Homemaking Binder" idea:**

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Scripture: "God Manifest In The Flesh"

     The sermon to which Dear and I listened, last night, was a complete blessing to me.  I sat there, afterwards, simply musing upon what I had just heard.  I had never heard a sermon such as this one.  I do not want to give too much away, (so that you will listen to it all the way! :D), but I will say:  it made me see my Lord Jesus Christ in a manner as I had never done prior to hearing it.  It made my heart draw even closer to Him!

by James Knox

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