January 29, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
For all my fellow mothers in a season of exhaustion – who feel like they can hardly put one foot in front of the other, who are worn “even before the day begins”, who are even more soul weary than they are physically weary, who are walking through trial while caring for the needs of their families, who are just plain wiped out. Keep fighting the good fight; remember in the midst of the temporal chaos, heartache, crumbs and laundry that we are investing in eternity. Remember we can rest in our faithful God Who never grows tired:
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40: 28-31
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
I pray this song encourages you as it did me.
January 26, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
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In a generation that has, sadly, swallowed the lies of feminism and dismissed the role of women in the home as outdated and unneeded, Queen of the Home will remind you of your divine mission: the people that God has called you to serve.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.
January 15, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
Some excellent, much needed (by me at least!) reminders from Bambi at In the Nursery of the Nation:
Even as busy moms who have crumbs that seem to permanently reside in the kitchen chairs, we can still have lovely homes if our hearts are willing. Fresh paint, colorful adornments to the walls or fancy furniture will not be what make it beautiful. Give me some glass with fingerprints, carpet strewn with Legos and a fridge that has seen better days anyday…along with a mama who is filling the rooms with joy, laughter, love and peace knowing she is being faithful to the noble task of mothering her children well. Now that’s a beautiful house.
January 15, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
Wise words from Raising Mighty Arrows:
If you have to “schedule” time on your calendar with each child to make sure you’re fitting everyone in, then please, by all means schedule that time. Make it a priority to spend quality time with each of your children individually. Invest in the lives of your children physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It will pay off in dividends in the long run. There really are so many opportunities you can take advantage of to spend quality time with each of your children. You just have to be willing to make it a priority.
January 13, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
The home is a seminary of infinite importance. It is important because it is universal, and because the education it bestows gives color to the whole texture of life. The things said there give bias to character far more than do sermons, lectures, newspapers, and book. No other teachers have acknowledged the divine right to instruct children that is granted without challenge to parents. The foundation of our national life is in their hands. They can make it send forth waters bitter or sweet, for the death or the healing of the people. The smallest bit of opinion sown in the minds of children in private life later issue forth to the world and become its public opinions, for nations are gathered out of nurseries.~ The Golden Gems of Life
January 11, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
From The Penny Pantry:
Cold and Flu season is no fun. It seems like everyone is hacking and coughing. I want to wear a hazmat suit when I am out in public to protect myself against the swarm of flu bugs in the air.
If or when the cold and flu catch up to me, I like to use my kitchen as the greatest weapon to combat the plague’s ugliness.
In addition using herbs, tinctures, infusions and oils, I like to use food to kick start and support the body’s natural immune system with foods as well. One way I do this is by cooking cold and flu fighting foods. Top on my list:
January 9, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
Here is a great post from Get Along Home that bluntly states an obvious truth that our short sighted, “me centered” modern society seems to be oblivious to:
We don’t seem to understand (and by “we”, I mean “not me”) that children are a literal investment. You have to put in the work to get the payoff. You can’t contribute no people to the future and then expect that future to go well for you any more than you can put zero dollars into your 401K and expect it to be there when you’re ready to retire. I hate to have to spell all this out, because a) it feels like talking down to people and b) it’s not even all that interesting to think about, but apparently there is a large number of people of reproductive age who actually need these bald facts pointed out to them before it is too late for them to decide to procreate for their own good.
January 8, 2013 | Author: Jennifer McBride
Here are two more giveaways for Queen of the Home!
There is a book I have found to be invaluable to my job as a mother, and you get several chances to WIN IT!!! 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!
and from Jennifer at Renewing Housewives
Need a quick pick-me-up? Just open to any page. Feeling discouraged? Just read a sentence or two. Each page just pours out soothing oil. Why is it so amazing? Why am I making such a big deal about it? Because it is just drenched in scripture and biblical truths. You Need This Book!