Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Titus 2:11-14 NIV
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Self control. No to worldly passions. More than ever, I'm seeing excess is sin.
Monday, April 29, 2013
We have spent the last two weeks working on tossing things out and lightening the load. The older I get, the more I realize that less is best.
Although I have plenty more to go through in our home, I think it's time to move on to Schedule 2 on organizing our homes. I will personally continue tossing things out as I start organizing and gaining some much needed order in our home. Organization is not my strong suit but it sure does make things easier when I am organized.
Titus 2:4-5 NIV
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Different versions use different words, but this verse is very clear that we as women are in charge of keeping our homes. Now this doesn't mean other family members don't have to do anything around the house! We should get everyone involved. And organizing our homes so everything has a place will make it so much easier for everyone to put things back in their place.
So what do you already do now to keep areas organized? If you have the gift of organization, please share with those of us (me!!) that are organizationally challenged.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
How did Day One of tossing out 25 things go for everyone? Any tips to share or stories to encourage?
Darlene gives 4 guidelines in this chapter to consider when you are deciding on things to toss. I encourage you to read over these and keep these things in mind this week as you go through your belongings.
Yesterday, I started in my kitchen. I know I pulled out more than 25 things to get rid of, and I still need to go through a few more things. But I can see a major improvement already. For now, Darlene says to focus on the 25 things. You can always go back to that room later. The goal is to lighten your load right now. So today I will tackle our master bedroom. It needs some major decluttering!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Today we start Schedule One - Toss Out 25 Things.
Last week I said we will go through each room of the house this week and toss out 25 things from each room. I know some rooms may not have 25 things to toss out, but really be thorough in lightening your load. If you have kids, get them involved. I know both of my kids have plenty to go through in several rooms of our house!
Let's remember these verses this week as we are going through our wordly possessions:
Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 16:13 NIV
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
This last section covers what submission isn't. It's not a license to be controlling to the point of manipulation or coercion. With her own personal experience, I think Darlene did a great job discussing this and I will use mostly her words in this post.
"According to my understanding of scripture, the chain of command looks like this:
2. The Law
3. The Husband
4. The Wife
5. Their Children
Within that chain of command we are given a set of boundaries that must line up with scripture and the ultimate will of God. When we step out of that plan, we step out of the chain of command. Because I am in authority over my children, I do not have the right to abuse them or break the law. I am under submission to God, the law and to my husband, and therefore my sphere of authority is dictated by such."
1 Peter 2:13-14 NIV
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
"Those rules dictate his boundaries. If he steps out of those boundaries, he steps out of my chain of command. I must submit to God first, all else comes second."
Husbands and wives alike must first answer to God. What each of us do should be God-honoring if we are true children of God. And if our husbands are loving us as Christ loved the church and is leading in a God-honoring way, we have every reason to submit.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Friday, April 5, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Another thing to think about is how you speak of your husband out in public and in front of your kids. We need to keep a tight rein on our tongues and not criticize our husbands to others, especially our kids. And oh, am I so guilty of this. Sometimes, I just start venting and the words are out there before I even think. Instead of criticism, we must learn to replace the negativity with positive words and build up our husbands to our kids, friends, family and co-workers.
Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
Ephesians 5:33 ESV
If you did not read it already, here is a link that Darlene shared with us last night on a great blog post about respect. It's definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
- Good Character
- Spiritual Understanding
- Alert Discipline
- Passionate Patience
- Reverent Wonder
- Warm Friendliness
- Generous Love
Sunday, March 31, 2013
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Saturday, March 23, 2013
3. Look past his faults and focus on love.
4. Be understanding of his faults.
5. Keep the lines of communication open.This is a biggie. How many times could a fight been avoided if we had just openly communicated before we got to that point? We have to be open and honest in our relationships, but we have to do this in a loving manner. If it's a touchy situation, I find that if I pray for the right words and for patience, this really does help me to stay calm and lovingly discuss an issue with my husband. Do I always do that? No! But I need to be. And being a nagging wife to force our husbands to do what we want usually backfires in our face. It may not happen right away, but down the road, we will most definitely pay for it. Our husbands may "build up walls of protection around them" if we become a nagging wife. "If you want your husband to trust you with his heart as he once did, it's important to practice self-control, hold your tongue, and replace criticism with kindness. Listen when he talks and make an effort to show him respect." Amen!
Friday, March 22, 2013
1. Pray, asking God to take your burden.
2. Stop looking over the fence.