What You Need to Know About the “Virtuous” Woman

January 8, 2015 | Author:

I touched on this a bit in Queen of the Home (What Does “Virtuous” Really Mean?) and love the thoughts that Kelly Crawford shares over at Raising Homemakers. Do you know the real meaning of the word “virtuous” ? :

A big smile broke out across my face yesterday when I was showing my girls how to study the Bible using a Strong’s concordance. I had chosen Proverbs 31:10 and we were looking up the word “virtuous.”

If you grew up in a Christian home or church, you are well-familiar with talk of what it means to be a “virtuous” woman. Some women don’t even like to use the word anymore because its meaning has become jaded, its image attached to self-righteousness piety (sadly, but true). At best, we think it means “good, godly, pure.”

I was so surprised to see the word in its original Hebrew. Look:

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a force, strength, ability, might, efficiency, wealth, army

And the writer of Proverbs rightly asks, “Who can find this kind of woman?”

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Free Downloads from the Botkin Family! (New Year’s Day Only!)

January 1, 2015 | Author:

Don’t miss this incredible free offer from the Botkin Family! (Today only!):

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Kick-start the New Year by loading up on great new listening material — for free! This Thursday, January 1st, download up to $100 worth of MP3 messages that will help you and your family be more purposeful, more fruitful, more faithful and more united this next year than ever before.

Browse our most popular messages, such as “How to Practice Biblical Discipline,” “Developing Your Gifts Within the Family Economy,” the “Curriculum Advice” series, “The Worldview of the Creative Mind,” and “Jane Austen and Vampires,” as well as a variety of other messages on family issues, guy-girl relationships, worldview, home education, child training, family business, art and culture, and Christian life purpose in general. And for only 24 hours, download your picks for free!

Click to see the MP3 selection here. And while you’re at it, check out our New Year Sale on all our other items.

Spread the word and share this offer with your friends! Offer expires 11:59PM CST on Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Western Conservatory’s mission is to equip families to “make disciples of all the nations” and lead our culture toward Christ. Making these messages available to you for free is one of the ways we’re trying to accomplish that. Thank you for joining in this mission.

Happy New Year from your friends at Western Conservatory! We’re looking forward to another year with you.

Cyber Monday! Buy “Queen of the Home” for $2.99 today only!

December 1, 2014 | Author:

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 Today is the last day of our special $2.99 offer for the new ebook version of Queen of the Home! You can buy it here on Kindle or in PDF format!

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“Encouragement can come from many sources, and, over the last few weeks, I have been uplifted many times by a little book I am keeping on my bedside table.  Queen of the Home, compiled and edited by Jennifer M. McBride, was one of my Christmas presents, and I wish every Christian wife had the privilege of reading this special volume of essays, poetry, and other quotes.

The wisdom shared concerning the honor, nobility, and power of Biblical womanhood builds me up and encourages me in my resolve to be a blessing to my husband.  The world says I would bless him more by bringing in a second income, but Queen of the Home reminds me that a wife and mother is replaceable in the job market but irreplaceable to her husband and children.

Just as I would not gulp down a soothingly delicious, hot mug of tea, I am not in any hurry to rush through Queen of the Home.  I am reading it one quote or essay at a time and savoring the sips of wisdom within.  I know it will be a book I return to many times as my household duties claim more of my energies.

There are so many other things I wish I could say about this little book, but I can’t even begin to do it justice. Nothing can replace actually reading it.  I strongly encourage girls and women young and old to find this book and benefit from the godly wisdom Jennifer M. McBride has compiled for our edification.” 

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“There is a book I have found to be invaluable to my job as a mother. There are several reasons why:

  • It’s perfect for a busy mom who doesn’t have a lot of time to read. The book contains short stories, fabulous quotes and poems that quickly and profoundly inspire in just a few minutes of reading!
  • The vision cast in this book for mothers is so fresh and vivid that one paragraph can change the direction of my day…true story.
  • As there is less and less encouragement for the mother pouring her life into the next generation, this book is like a little cheer-leading section, filled with other mothers who walk beside you, urging you on, giving you strength and renewal for those hard days, and not so hard days.

~ Kelly Crawford, Generation Cedar

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Also, don’t miss our giveaways for a Kindle Fire HD  and a huge homemaking package!

 

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“Queen of the Home” on Kindle and Kindle Fire HD 6 Giveaway!!!!

November 29, 2014 | Author:

bookQueen of the Home is available on Kindle now!

Through midnight Monday, Dec. 1, 2014  it’s on sale for $2.99 !!! (Nearly 60 % off the regular price of $6.99!)  Spread the word far and wide!

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“Friends, if you are hungry for some eternal perspective in the difficult task of motherhood and homemaking, this is the book for you. It is a treasure trove full of encouragement and vision. With generous quotes and passages from authors both historic and modern, the book powerfully and boldly inspired me to “keep” a home that reflects God’s grace and goodness.

In a generation that has, sadly, swallowed the lies of feminism and dismissed the role of women in the home as outdated and unneeded, Queen of the Home will remind you of your divine mission: the people that God has called you to serve.  The work He has given you to do that will extend to the next generation and beyond. 

One aspect of Queen of the Home that I especially enjoyed were the portions of the book addressed to daughters in the family.  Called to be strong pillars in a home (Psalm 144:12), daughters are encouraged and exhorted to fear the Lord and esteem purity, modesty and be a blessing to their families.” ~ Bambi Moore, In the Nursery of the Nation

Read more reviews here!

To celebrate we are giving away one Kindle Fire HD 6!!!

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This handy little tablet is much more than an E-reader with lots of wonderful features, including a front and rear camera! It normally retails for $99.99 (but is on sale today for $79.00!)!

Enter below for a chance to win one! (You can enter up to 4 times!)

Giveaway ends next Friday!

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Don’t miss our other huge giveaway that runs until Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

It’s Here! “Queen of the Home” Ebook Launch, Sale, and Huge Giveaway Package!

November 28, 2014 | Author:

It’s here!  Queen of the Home is now available as an ebook! Queen of the Home was originally published in hardcover in 2011 but is currently out of print. We are hoping to release a new hardcover edition next year, but in the meantime we are delighted to make this slightly updated and revised ebook version available!

bookDo you need some encouragement in your roles as wife and mother? This powerful collection of essays, poetry and quotes will renew your vision, refresh your spirit and remind you of the might and worth of your calling. Contributors include Jennie Chancey, June Fuentes, Bambi Moore, Kelly Crawford, Nancy Campbell, Stacy McDonald, and  more!

In past generations, the role of wife and mother was viewed as a sacred calling. The committed homemaker was seen as strong, capable, intelligent, and irreplaceable. She was regarded not only as a crucial part of the home, but as a foundational bulwark of society. She was considered worthy of great honor, appreciation, and respect. Though in recent years feminism has sought to demean this glorious calling, the Bible’s hopeful vision of noble womanhood is one worth reclaiming. Queen of the Home seeks to cast that vision afresh through godly encouragements from writers past and present. This inspiring collection of essays, poetry, and poignant vignettes paints a beautiful picture of what it means for a woman to be a crown to her husband, the monarch of the cradle, and queen of the home, and calls upon daughters to embrace their rewarding role and sacred calling as regal women of God.

Through midnight Monday, Dec. 1, 2014  Queen of the Home is on sale for $2.99 !!! (Nearly 60 % off the regular price of $6.99!)  Spread the word far and wide!

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Kindle Version now available! 

We are giving away a Kindle Fire HD 6 tablet to celebrate!

As a special bonus to everyone who purchases the book between now and Dec. 31 we have included a special password protected link to a list of excellent coupon codes from 12 different businesses (many who are participating in the giveaway below)!

We are also thrilled to be able to offer a huge giveaway package with lots of generous offers from wonderful bloggers and home business owners!!  Entry information at the bottom of this post.

Giveaway Package

One Set of Character Badges from Deborah and Co.

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$35 gift certificate from Marie Madeline Studio

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 Books and CDs from Generation Cedar

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By Heart Scripture Songs

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3D-Motherhood4-232x300When Motherhood Feels Too Hard Book by Kelly Crawford

 

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 Living a Legacy Conference CDs

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More Than Rules Ebook  by Bambi Moore from In the Nursery of the Nation 

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And a Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip !

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One 20″ x 21″  “We Will Serve the Lord” Wall Design by Fruitful Vine Creations

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 One “My Redeemer” Embroidery Kit from Clementine Pattern Co. 

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One “Preparing for Christmas” art print by Breezy Brookshire from The Breezy Tulip Studio

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One copy of “The Family Treasure Coloring Book” from Noble Rose Press

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Two DVDs from Family Vision Films

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 Homemaking 101

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One tea cozy from Cozy Tea Treasures

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White Crocheted Beanie from Quinkins

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How to Build a Strong Christian Home by June Fuentes from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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One Handmade Organic Child’s Apron from Kitchen + Threads

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DoTerra Intro Kit from Amber Hughes

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 One $25.00 Gift Certificate for Usborne Books  from Stephanie Simpson

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One copy of Lessons Learned: My Journey Through Pregnancy, Miscarriage and Preterm Labor by Misty Marr

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Norwex Basic Package from Melissa Niednagel

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Enter here! (Enter several times!) Giveaway ends Thursday. Dec. 4, 2014.

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November 28, 2014 | Author:

Quote of the Week ~ Nov. 25, 2014

November 26, 2014 | Author:

 

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“So they committed themselves to the will of God and resolved to proceed.” ~ William Bradford

 

21st Century Women Versus Pilgrim Foremothers

November 22, 2014 | Author:

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From Bambi Moore at In the Nursery of the Nation:

The inscription on the Monument to the Pilgrim Mothers in Plymouth, Massachusetts reads:

“They brought up their families in sturdy virtue and a living faith in God without which nations perish.”

Years later, America’s foe, British general Lord Cornwallis said:

“We may destroy all the men in America, and we shall still have all we can do to defeat the women.”

Finally, French journalist Alexis Tocqueville concluded his great work Democracy in America:

“If I were asked, now that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of their women.”

Why is there a chasm separating our Pilgrim foremothers and 21st century women? If Tocqueville were around today would he attribute America’s now weak condition, to the women as well? Is it merely that the years bring changes in clothing, hair-dos and modern conveniences? Surely it’s more than that which separates us from these hard-working, resilient, reverent and faithful women.

It is the state of our souls.

 Our text-messaging, dinner is pre-made, God-is-my-cosmic-genie-generation has come so far in less than 400 years. Pilgrim women served the God of the universe: Sovereign and just, all-sufficient, even in death; the source and passion of their existence.

Coming Next Week! “Queen of the Home” on Ebook!

November 18, 2014 | Author:

 

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Stay tuned for details and a giveaway of some wonderful homemaking books and ebooks!

How a Pink Drink Was an Answer to Prayer: Plexus Slim Review

October 29, 2014 | Author:

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I have struggled with health issues for most of my life, including chronic ear infections, allergies, eczema and more. For the past eight years I have been struggling with severe, often debilitating, adrenal fatigue. Four of those years, including this one, have been spent partly bedridden.

With 8 young children growing up before my eyes this has been such a heartache to me and a great burden on our whole family. The Lord has been so faithful though. We know that all things come through His hands and that He works all things together for our good and that is a comfort we continue to cling to. We also believe that healing comes through Him and that He is the Great Physician. I have been praying desperately for this and for the first time I have real hope that He is answering with a “Yes” and it is time for me to get well.

A little over a year ago I first heard about a “pink drink” that was helping people with a myriad of health issues. I looked at it briefly, but being a little skeptical I did not pursue it any further

This year, my health plummeted again to the point of being near adrenal failure and mostly bedridden since March. I had days where I was so low I could barely talk, sit up or even open my eyes. I had many days where I was only able to be up for 10 or fifteen minutes at a time, and that was usually shuffling around the house, not even standing upright. The slightest exertion was a huge effort.

In April, we lost the little baby we were expecting. Being so sick, I did not quite know how to even begin to get well. Special diets were not a doable option when I could not even get out of bed to prepare normal meals. I was not strong enough for the hour drive to the nearest doctor and mybrain was so foggy and fatigued I didn’t even know how I should figure out which supplements, or combinations thereof, I should be taking.

I had a new determination though, that I had to make getting well a top priority no matter how hard it was. I began to funnel my grief over losing our baby into prayerfully researching some different options. As I began to research, I remembered that Plexus “pink drink” I had read about  last year and decided to give it another look.

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I thought it sounded interesting  and the ingredients looked surprisingly natural, so I googled “Plexus Slim and adrenal fatigue”. I found some wonderfully encouraging blog posts from normal sounding, Christian, homeschool mothers and I began to exchange my skepticism for a glimmer of hope.

I decided to give it a try and will be forever grateful that the Lord led me to do so! In the the past 4 1/2 months that we have been using Plexus products my health is continuing to slowly, steadily improve. I am no longer bedridden and I am gaining strength, stamina and energy. My brain fog is clearing away, as well as the depression that I couldn’t shake, and my awful insomnia is improving.

Plexus is not just a quick fix. It is a healing process. Slim addresses blood sugar regulation, which in turn sets off a snowball effect of health benefits. I have had relapses, some days better and some worse, but I am making continual progress. Having been sick for so long, I know I have a long way to go, but I am so thrilled to feel like I am finally on my way.

Living with adrenal fatigue, especially when it is severe, is very much like living with the spark of life removed. I felt like I was dying a long, slow death – not only my body, but ME inside. It has been called by a doctor who is an expert in adrenal issues the state of “the living dead”. That truly sums it up.

I have read many Plexus testimonials where people state that “Plexus gave me my life back”. It delights me now to be able to say the same. It truly is giving me my life back! I feel like “Me” again. As a result, it is giving my husband and children new life as well.

(Speaking of my husband, Plexus has been a huge answer to prayer for him as well for his years of terrible migraines!)

I am so thankful to the Lord for providing me with such a direct answer to prayer; and something simple enough for my foggy brain and sick body to be able to even handle to get started on the road to healing.

If you have health issues and are looking for help, please contact me! My heart so goes out to others, especially mothers, who are dealing with chronic illness and I want to share with you what has been the Lord’s answer to my exhausted, desperate prayer. There is hope.

Because Plexus has been such a huge blessing to us, we are spreading the word far and wide to others who struggle with their health. We just launched a brand new website full of information and testimonies, www.whydrink.pink.  Please come visit there if you would like to know more!

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