Wisdom for Wives

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Called, and Equipped

Have you ever groaned after reading a passage of Scripture? I’m not talking about the Holy Spirit groans that are mentioned in Romans 8. I’m referring to the groans some of us utter when reading about, oh, submission, for example. The first time I remember reading that a “gentle and quiet spirit” is what God considers beautiful, I asked Him, “what do you mean, ‘gentle and quiet’??” (And I am still learning. ūüôā ) I probably groaned the time I realized that the answer to my sinus headaches might not be immediate healing, but trusting in His sufficient grace. (Though I’m very grateful that He did heal me!) But even though God sets high standards for His children, He also lovingly and graciously provides what we need to obey Him. (And, He mercifully forgives and restores us every single time we fall short and repent.)

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, NC; public domain photo by Ken Thomas

So maybe I should leave more of the groaning to the Holy Spirit. ūüôā

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The Force of Fear

Fear is a powerful force. It pulls you down into a hole when you should be up standing on the firm ground. It sends you racing around in circles when you should be resting, at peace. The things I usually fear are things that pose no real threat to my life: disapproval, rejection, discomfort, failure. If the very worst thing that I can imagine happens to me, won’t I still be securely in the grip of God’s love? Isn’t that enough? Isn’t that more than enough?

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

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What are you afraid of?

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: In the Same Storm

Every homeschool day, the kids and I read a short Bible passage together. ¬†These days we’re in the book of Acts, and we’ve just gotten through Paul’s harrowing journey on a ship from Crete bound for Italy. ¬†After being tossed by the tempest, and seeing “neither sun nor stars” for many days, the crew and passengers had given up hope of surviving (Acts 27:20). ¬†In the midst of this, Paul stood before the men and¬†urged¬†them to take heart (vv. 21-22)! ¬†It really struck me that Paul could encourage his fellow travelers, even though he was going through the same storm as they were.

How was he able to do that?

Because Paul had heard from God, and he knew that the situation would work out in their favor (vv. 23-25).

Isn’t that true for me, too? ¬†Have I not heard from God? ¬†I know that whatever my family may go through—financial, marital, medical, anything and everything—will work out for our good (Romans 8:28). ¬†So I can be an encouragement, even as we go through the same storm.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  2 Cor 1:3-4

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What has God shown you in the Word lately?

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In God I Trust?

One dollar bill:  "In God We Trust"

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I love organization. ¬†There used to be more TV shows about organizing, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning (scrubbing, mopping, etc.), but after about an hour of purging a room of clutter, few things make me happier than a full trash bag. It represents a clean slate and a fresh start. ¬†Several years ago, I even had a professional organizing business, and helped others get rid of their clutter. ¬†I considered it a great privilege to fill up trash bags in other people’s homes.

Still, I am not as organized as I would like to be. I find myself envying moms with tidy homes, well-planned homeschool schedules, who always arrive at co-op on time.  If I were more organized, and more disciplined, my life would be so much better!  Right?  My clean house would be a peaceful sanctuary. My homeschooled children would learn so much more, because their lessons would be ready and waiting for them every morning.  (Instead, precious minutes of the school day tick away while mom goes upstairs to print the schedules, then downstairs to make some copies, and then back upstairs to fish schoolbooks from under beds.)

I definitely want to be more organized and disciplined financially. ¬†The whole purpose of this blog is to encourage wives to help with financial management in some way, whether that means taking a more active role in planning and bill-paying, or just being knowledgeable enough to step in if needed. ¬†I have already seen the benefit of taking a few minutes to plan meals–fewer mid-week grocery store visits and emergency stops at Wendys. ¬†I am very tempted to think that, if only I were more organized with my time, if I planned spending better, I could take more¬†control¬†over my life.

~~Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.  (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)~~

The challenge then, in the midst of budgeting and planning and saving, is to trust in the Lord’s purpose and not in my plan. ¬†To remain joyful and kind when the school day does not follow that schedule that I’m so happy and proud to have finally completed. ¬†To give away the money that I thought I was saving for a special treat for myself. ¬†To remember, that if God allows some fantastic school days or rising account balances, it’s His mercy and not my perfect planning that deserve the credit. ¬†Ultimately God is in control. ¬†He calls me to be faithful with what He’s provided, but¬†He¬†is the one working in all things for my good (Romans 8:28). ¬†It is beyond my understanding, really, how He orchestrates events and circumstances among, around, and in spite of free-willed human beings. ¬†But I don’t have to understand. ¬†I don’t have God’s job; I just need to do mine.

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