Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Series: Women Living Well - Chapter 20

Discipline and Diligence: 
The Proverbs 31 Woman

The Proverbs 31 woman was to serve as a model for King Lemuel in his future search for a wife. Although the Proverbs 31 woman was not a real women, she could exist--these characteristics are not unattainable. It is comforting to me to realize she did not necessarily do all of the activities listed all in one day. Whew!

I must admit number six on Courtney Joseph's list of what a wife of noble character does not look like: "she does not spend her days doing leisurely shopping, texting, emailing, Web browsing, watching movies, and sleeping in" most convicts me. I am not currently working outside the home and we do not yet have children; thus, the demands on my time are not many. However, I have a responsibility to make better use of the extra time God has given me in this season of life.

My mom was an excellent homemaker. She spent a lot of time devoted to teaching me homemaking skills. However, I was not overly interested in acquiring these skills until I began living on my own. I am becoming more confident in my homemaking skills, but still have so much room for improvement. Cooking and cleaning are two areas I am fairly confident in, but still growing in. Meal planning and canning/preserving are two areas I have been learning/growing in most recently.

Once we move into our house, I am hoping to plant a vegetable and herb garden which will hopefully help us to cut costs in our food budget. I still continue to look for ways to cut our food budget, as this will prove even more important once we add to our family and food costs go up.

Colossians 3:
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
If our aim is to serve God, and we give it our best effort, our efforts are not in vain. We are not dependent on the affirmation of others to recognize our hard work. God sees us and notices the work of our hands. With this perspective in mind, I feel it would change my attitude towards my husband and help me to be more content in the managing of our home.

You’ve come to the close of this book. What is the one major take-away you have learned? How do you want what you have learned to alter your actions as a wife and/or mother? May God bless you as you serve your family and as you continue to walk with the King!

Thank you to Whitney for inviting me to guest post this summer on her blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first experience in the blogging world.

Recently Whitney visited our home, along with her husband and new baby. This was the first time we had seen each other in 5 years. The visit was short, but sweet. Here is a picture of the two of us in our home before they headed over to their hotel for the night.

In Christ,

*Note: Reviving Homemaking is not an affiliate of or the publishing companies (Thomas Nelson & HarperCollins Christian Publishing). No compensation has been received by either of these entities for the review of the book. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Series: Women Living Well - Chapter 19

Media and Your Homemaking -- Times Have Changed!

     Several years ago only a few homemaking blogs were available. Now, there are hundreds -hundreds of voices offering critiques and other opinions. At some point it all became noise and clutter to the revitalization of homemaking. I am one of them.

     Homemaking in the media has transformed into a highly competitive entity. Whose voice is louder? Whose numbers are greater? My possession of either of those qualities is unimpressive, and I often feel as though my voice is lost entirely. What is my voice anyways? I get the impression that I’m expected to instruct, advise or otherwise place myself in a position expertise. This is what I read in bloggers. Yet, this is not achievable for me as I am most always still learning lessons myself. My original intent for the Reviving Homemaking blog was to simply share what I was learning and experiencing on my journey of rediscovering homemaking.  Nonetheless, I repeatedly must step away to reconnect with this purpose. How quickly I become entangled in the web of homemaking blogging. Honestly, I don’t want to compete. I simply want to share.

     Sharing, though, is made difficult when the threat of unabashed criticism lurks. I write and rewrite spending hours on posts making sure each sentence is as acceptable as possible. The vast majority of the time the desired words never make it to the screen at all. I’m too consumed with the potential for criticism. Honestly, I struggle enough to hold my head up against nit-picking criticism offline, much less to expose myself further via online presence. It takes tough skin to be a blogger, especially with polarizing subject matter. The truth is my skin is so thin. The sting of words lingers. On one occasion, I learned that another blogger had taken my words from a post of mine and written a critiquing response on her blog. I took a break from blogging afterwards.

     There has been many times in which I've stepped away from the online realm of homemaking. With so much input on the subject, it becomes murky and messy. My ability to see my own homemaking path becomes less clear. Despite the intent of blogs to encourage, so often they leave me discouraged and needlessly burdened.

     In ways, homemaking in the media has had a negative impact on my homemaking journey. I turn it off in search for peace and purpose. In other ways, media has uplifted and revitalized homemaking. It’s made it accessible to all women. Women who are experienced in the practice are able to share insights and those who are novices are able to turn to this resource for learning. There is a positive and negative side to everything. There is also a balance to all things. I’ve learned that it is important to occasionally turn off the screen and step away in order to define and establish one’s own practice and purpose. 

*Note: Reviving Homemaking is not an affiliate of or the publishing companies (Thomas Nelson & HarperCollins Christian Publishing). No compensation has been received by either of these entities for the review of the book. All opinions are my own. 

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