Saturday, February 16, 2013

Supplying Merchants vs Being a Merchant

In the last 50 years (in our country), women have striven for "equality" in the world. What they really want, is dominance. This is not a new phenomenon; it began in the garden of Eden. Eve was deceived, and gave food to her husband. She used her "power" of guile to overtake her husband. Had she stayed under his authority (another word for protection) perhaps the world may have begun differently... Alas, God knew from the beginning that for a woman to be obedient to a man would be a struggle to her, but it is His perfect design.

Because of the big push for women to have careers just like men, to fight in wars just like men, and to be a leader just like men, the family unit, and therefore the nation, is crumbling. God's design is for a woman to be keeping the HOME, obedient to her own husband, and rearing her children in the fear of the Lord.

You wonder why I'm off on this tangent?

This next verse in Proverbs 31 shows a beautiful picture of God's design in a virtuous woman:

"She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; 
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant." (vs 24)

We've seen in verse 13, 19, 21 & 22, that our model woman not only makes clothing, but she finds the flax, spins it, and then makes clothing and other tapestry items for her home. Then we see here an extension: she supplies the merchants. She does not sacrifice her home in any way for  business, but, she IS creative in bringing in a little extra income- whether for herself, or her family.

This is significant, girls. The virtuous woman did not leave her home because she found that something she enjoyed would actually make money. Not at all! On the contrary, she stayed home, kept the home (vs. 27), and found ways to add support to the family income FROM HOME.

In Titus 2:5, God commands the woman to be obedient to their own husbands. (Obedience being another word for submission.) I once heard obedience defined as "freedom to be creative under the protection of a divinely appointed authority." Freedom! Protection! How beautiful God's design is! God didn't say the woman wasn't smart, or that she was incapable of doing the same things a man can do. But, He had a special plan for this woman. Her role is to make her man look good.

Ladies THAT is the only way to find true freedom and protection!

We women have been so indoctrinated by the world's ideals from the "feminist movement" that it is hard to separate truth from lies. Does a woman need a career to be happy, healthy, and successful? Not at all.

mom's soap- my favorites are lavender and plumeria
My mother is an excellent picture to me of this kind of submission in the home. She makes goat milk soap to sell in local shops. She SUPPLIES the merchant, but stays home. Don't think it's not a struggle... My mom is just as bright as my dad and would enjoy going into the workplace with a real steady job, but she CHOOSES to stay home. -And daddy is much happier when she is home, and she is much less stressed as an added benefit.

As a single lady, it would be too easy to dismiss this doctrine thinking that because I don't have a husband or my own home, I am "exempt" this ideal. However, God made it quite clear in the Old Testament that a daughter was under her father's authority until marriage. Now is the time to practice submission, whether you are 13 or 35.

Submission does not mean you can't get out of the home and work somewhere else, or even that you must stay in the confines of your parents' house and never leave. It is, rather, a beautiful picture of meekness: cheerfully and willingly putting one's strength under (the authority) of another. Talk with your dad. Ask him what he'd be most comfortable with you doing, and then be cheerful and willing to do whatever he suggests. Remember, success lies in obeying God's Word; for He is the only one worth pleasing.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jesus as Your Best Friend

A lovely friend of mine speaks to women of all ages on various issues pertaining to loving the Lord and walking with Him. Recently, I attended this conference to serve and returned overwhelmingly blessed.  This is session one her conference on being "Beautiful to God."


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In His Steps Fundraiser

How would Jesus respond? What would He do? I think many times I am pre-occupied with myself instead of obsessed with Him.... From the best-seller book "In His Steps" comes this incredible film. Check it out:
 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

On Loving the Lord

A dear friend of mine recently wrote about the Love of Jesus, and how to acquire a beautiful Relationship with Him. Check it out here:

Loving the Lord: The Relationship that Matters Most ~ by Amy Vest: Deep in each of our hearts there is a longing so deep that nothing on this earth can satisfy … Do you know what I am...