Sunday, April 29, 2012

Homemaking... Every True Wife

“Every true wife makes her husband’s interests her own. While he lives for her, carrying her image in his heart and toiling for her all the days, she thinks only of what will do him good. When burdens press upon him she tries to lighten them by sympathy, by cheer, by the inspiration of love. She enters with zest and enthusiasm into all his plans. She is never a weight to drag him down, she is his strength in his heart to help him ever to do nobler and better things.”
~ Homemaking ~
J.R. Miller
It's a tall order, isn't it?  I think it's worth talking to the Lord, asking Him how He wants this to be manifest in my life.  I've been reading Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl.  It's changing my perspective on being Lowell's wife.  I'm understanding some of my natural tendencies and which need to be curbed and which need to be encouraged within me.  The whole idea of being my husband's helpmeet seems so old-fashioned; but, Jeremiah 6:16 says, "Thus says the LORD: 'Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’"

I don't want to be one who says that I will not walk in it.  If the old path of the wife being a helpmeet to her husband has worked for six thousand years, why should the twentieth and twenty-first centuries suddenly change that?  Have we really suddenly got more enlightened knowledge than all the generations before us?  Look around.  I don't think so.

“She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
Proverbs 31

Lowell's work with Joplin Family Worship Center has shown a new dimension to being a helpmeet to my husband.  I am available to him to help him with his work in many ways.  I have talked with tornado survivors and determined how our resource center can help them, stocked and sacked groceries in our sanctuary, cooked, cleaned, and served in the church kitchen for some of the thousands of survivors and volunteers, and provided whatever support was needed was needed in our outreach events.  Whatever Lowell needs me to do, I do for him and for God.  I take my children with me.  They are learning to serve by serving and watching us serve.  We are blessed to be a blessing.

God, please give me a pure and content heart in serving You by being a helpmeet to my husband. 

Laura
Learning Contentment as my Man's Helpmeet

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4 comments:

  1. I LOVE that verse from Jeremiah. How perfectly it applies to this! I read Created to be His Helpmeet this year too and I think I will read it every year for many years to come! It was transforming, confirming, and encouraging for me!

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  2. This is a beautiful post. It encourages me as I learn to be a better helpmeet for my husband- for the glory of God!

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  3. This is just wonderful. I so enjoyed reading it. I also read the book by Debi Pearl & found so much help from it. I am so blessed and inspired by the way you and your family serve others. May the dear Lord bless your every effort for Him. Love, Cheryl

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  4. You are too kind, Cheryl. May God bless you and your family.

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