Hope and Healing for the Sick and Weary Wife and Mother

March 7, 2015 | Author:

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Christian wives and mothers, we are meant to be strong, capable and powerful. The Hebrew word “chayil” is the meaning of the word “virtuous” used to describe the Proverbs 31 woman and is also translated throughout the Bible as “strength”, “ability”, “valiant”, “army”, “host”, “forces”, “riches”, “wealth”, “substance”, “power” and even “war”. The godly wife and mother is no household drudge, weak doormat, or mindless parasite. She is a mighty warrior queen who fights righteous battles at her husband’s side and reigns with him over the home and domain God has given them as they work together for Christ’s eternal Kingdom and glory. We also have a mighty work to do in raising an army for Christ. We have a such a powerful calling and yet so many Christian wives and mothers struggle with health issues that hinder their efforts at every turn. Depression, brain fog, fatigue, pain…the list goes on and on.

In my own 8 year struggle with debilitating chronic illness, I have met many, many other Christian mothers who have also suffered terribly with health issues – ranging from crippling and unable to function to just an overall weariness or lots of little things that add up to making life an effort. This has been an issue heavy on my heart for years and while I have been able to offer encouragement here and there I have never been able to offer practical help (especially since I am still fighting that battle on my home front).

However. Things have changed. I firmly believe that the Lord is answering prayer and doing a great work in raising up sick, exhausted and struggling wives and mothers through Plexus products. This has been such a huge answer to prayer for me and I have read testimony after testimony of women being strengthened and renewed mentally and physically through a simple little drink and some effective capsules that address root issues in the body and set off a wonderful healing snowball effect.

Now I do have a tool in my hand that I can offer to those who are sick, hurting and weary that can truly give them a new lease on life and enable them to better fulfill their God-given roles. My goal is to reach as many Christian wives and mothers as I can to spread the word that there is true hope of healing! I have been there. I still am there as I slowly recover. I know the agony, the heartache and the day to day, step by step effort of trying to be who and what you should be for the family you dearly love when you can barely keep going.

I am so amazed, overjoyed and grateful that the Lord is providing a means of healing for us- and one so simple that even the most exhausted and overwhelmed can handle it. Imagine the potential for the kingdom of Christ if all of the sick , weary and wounded warrior queens were able to rise and take their rightful place in the battle?

If you are struggling with your health in any way at all, please contact me and I will be more than happy to share with you what has been a life-changing answer to prayer for me, and many others. My in progress testimony is here.

Thirty-One Online Party! Organizational Tools for Home and Homeschool!

January 27, 2015 | Author:

If you are looking for organizational ideas and tools come join my Thirty-One facebook party! Thirty-one is a company that sells products that are perfectly suited for homeschooling, home businesses, household organization and home management. If you aren’t on facebook, you can still shop through my party here.

Here are just a few of  the many  ways Thirty-one products can bring a bit of order to life:

Set up a mobile home office or desk drawer or teacher tote with the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote and the Fold N’ File insert:

The Organizing Utility Tote is on sale this month for $10.00 with orders of $35.00 or more!out31

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See these two in action here:

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Set up a home command center with the Wall Organizer:wall31

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Bring some organization to the car:
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 The party ends Friday!

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!

*Click here to purchase*

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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 Homemaking 201

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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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Don’t miss our other give away for a Kindle Fire HD 6!

Lilla Rose Black Friday Sale!

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.