Saturday, May 5, 2018

Keepers At Home

Part of the mission of this blog is to be a haven for ladies who want to be a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 Christian lady.

This article really especially good at helping in this manner.

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In Titus 2:3-5 the apostle Paul charges the older women in the church to teach the younger women “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” The instruction for women to be “keepers at home” generally has been understood by the church as teaching that the sphere of a married woman’s work is her home

Nonetheless, in accord with the spirit of our age that looks in disdain upon the notion that the sphere of a married woman’s work is her home, many in the church have rejected the earlier consensus understanding of “keepers at home.” Instead, to be “keepers at home” is interpreted to mean that a wife and mother is “to be busy at home” (NIV), i.e., she “should not be idle or derelict in fulfilling home duties.”[4] In other words, “keepers at home” does not define the married woman’s calling or the sphere of her work, but is simply an admonition not to neglect her domestic duties. Therefore, a wife and mother may pursue a career outside of the home — as a lawyer, teacher, sales clerk, etc. — as long as she fulfills her responsibilities in the home.

The difference between the traditional interpretation of “keepers at home” and the modern version is considerable. While the traditional interpretation established the home as the sphere of a married woman’s work and calling, the modern understanding says that the term does nothing of the kind. While the traditional interpretation defined a married woman’s “career” as homemaking, the modern view teaches that a married woman may pursue a career outside of the home as long as she does not neglect homemaking. While the traditional interpretation calls the woman to focus her energy, time, and talents in the home in the service of her family, the modern view says that she is not so “restricted” and may go outside the home for her employment. Which is the correct understanding? It is our belief that the traditional interpretation is the correct one. We base this opinion on the meaning of the Greek word translated “keepers at home,” and on the wider Biblical teaching on the roles of the wife and mother.

A common objection to the interpretation that to be “keepers at home” requires a married woman to confine her work, her “career,” to that of her home, is that the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 did not confine herself in this way. We are told that she was a “business woman” engaged in pursuits beyond the sphere of her own household, thus justifying the claim that a wife and mother is free to pursue employment and a career outside of the home. But the picture of Proverbs 31 is that of a woman managing her own household, not of a woman leaving the home for employment elsewhere.

Actually, the portrayal of the virtuous woman provides strong support for the traditional interpretation of “keepers at home.” She is a wise manager of the resources her husband commits to her care (vv. 14, 16, 24). She is a true helper to her husband enabling him to rise to prominence (v. 11, 12, 23). She cares for the needs of her children and husband, assuring that they are well fed and well clothed (v. 15, 21). She sees that all their property is put to good use (v. 16).[10] She even engages in “cottage industry” by using any available time and strength to make fine linen and sashes to be sold to the merchants.[11]

These are just a few paragraphs that wet the understanding of “Keepers At Home” but you really must click on the link and read the whole article.  It really should help you to feel good about being a “Keeper At Home” or a Housewife. 

What is a Housewife

I was speaking with a lady who told me she wasn’t a housewife.  She felt a housewife had to have a perfect house. 

Here are some dictionary terms for housewife.\
a married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework.
a small case for needles, thread, and other small sewing items.

From the oxford dictionary.
1A married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework.

The urban dictionary:
A Housewife is a woman who has chosen to not work outside the home for money, but rather devotes all time, energy and love into creating a safe, warm, clean home for her family to grow and thrive. She cooks, cleans, does dishes, laundry, childcare, shopping, countless errands and careful money management all while supporting her family and community through community service work, volunteering and general parenting. Commonly referred to as a stay at home mom or homemaker.

So basically a housewife is a keeper at home.  Nothing is said of having a perfect home. 
Whenever I write on this topic, I get a lot of comments disagreeing with me.  I am told in God's Word to 
teach the young women with children to be keepers at home and that is what I am attempting to do.

My definition of keeper at home is a mother who is mostly at home taking good care of her husband, children, and home.  I had a mother that was home full-time growing up and I loved it.  My dad refused to let my mom work outside of the home.

Every day I would come home from school and yell "Hi Mom!" and tell her all about my day.  Lots of my friends loved coming to my home because it was warm and homey.  When I went to my friend's homes where their moms worked, it felt cold and uniniviting.  I could sense a huge difference between the two.

I was home full-time for my children and I loved it.  They loved it.  They loved being taken care of and trained by me.  They knew I was always there to help them whenever they needed me for anything.  It gave them a sense of security in this very insecure world.

So this is my view on this topic from my childhood years and the years of my children's growing up years.  You can argue the definition of being a keeper at home however you want but I, as an older women, am teaching you what I think it means.

If you don't agree with me, that is your right.  You will stand before God with the way you lived your life, not me.  I don't pretend to know everything.  I just study and observe a lot and love to share my views as what I see works best.

I don't believe in quality time verses quantity time.  Children need both.  Children need their mothers.  They need them to feed them healthy, discipline them, and protect them.  This is what I think is meant when the Bible says that mothers need to be keepers at home or they blaspheme the Word of God.

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2:4,5
No one is going to be perfect but woman’s first care is to be to the home.  There are different circumstances that different women have, like a husband dies or leaves the home and a woman will be forced to work outside the home.   But I don’t believe in the wholesale leaving of the home and family that has become the norm in America.  Where I live I am the only Keeper at Home except for the very conservative Mennonites down the road from me. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

How Long Will I Be Allowed to be Christian

This is an interesting article.

The sad fact is that there are fewer and fewer people in our country who are Christian.  More and more people are leaving the faith so of course they are against Christianity.  A lot of this problem is our own fault.  Each and every one of us Christians is an ambassador for Jesus.  I my self left church for 20 years because of the treatment I received in the Church.  Also, so many Churches are more interested in entertaining the parishioners and making money than teaching people how to live a truly Christian life.  It is not until we ourselves improve our behaviors and become more Christ like that the situation will improve.  So as the Bible says

Matthew 7:3

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Richard Dawkins who is afraid of the fact that Christianity has died in Europe

Part of what I want to do in this site as well as being a haven and a place to learn skills for keeping the home etc.  I want to make people aware of what is going on in this country and the world in regards to Christianity. 
As a famous warrior said:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

― Sun TzuThe Art of War

I have since wanted to also let ladies know about what is really going on as Sun Tzu says, if we don't recognize there is a problem that we have an enemy then we will lose.  And I have heard so many strange things from Christians.  One lady told me that every single American is Christian and not just Christian but good Christians that follow everything in the Bible.   This was appalling to me because it isn't the truth.  I have a Jewish case worker that doesn't like Christians.  My son's professor was atheist and sometimes pagan.  And to be fair as a teacher and one that has been around.  I know for a fact that everyone in this country are not believing and practicing Christians.  

And this is why I think we have the demise of Christianity in Europe and why we really don't have many very solid Christians either.  I just heard on youtube a pastor stating that you can not teach anyone how to behave well like the Bible says until they are spiritually strong.  Come on- read the Bible.  Did Jesus wait for the woman that was going to be stoned to become spiritually strong? 

John 8:11 Context

8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. 14Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

If we have to wait for everyone to become spiritually strong to learn how to behave in a manner pleasing to God then it will never happen.  None of us are spiritually strong- all of us are sinners.  The only one spiritually strong is Jesus.  I truly believe that Christianity is dying because the Church is filled with bad pastors and priest.  I went to an acupuncture and the lady told me.  I have no idea about Jesus.  Everything is so confusing.  

So it is my hope that I can convince some Christians to understand that these are difficult times and that all of us must do our best to help cast out some of the confusion regarding Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dainty Jewels - a place to purchase modest swim wear

Hello ladies,
It is very difficult to find modest swim wear and summer is around the corner.  Dainty Jewels has modest swim dresses, swim skirts, swim tops, and swim shorts to put under your swim dresses and swim skirts.  click on the link and start shopping.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reading the entire Bible in a Year

It is important to read the Bible (actually we read a translation.  The Bible wasn't in English) everyday and to read the entire Bible.  It is how we learn what God wants of us.  Also, as we continually read daily, we begin to memorize Bible verses which are really handy if you need to speak to someone about Jesus.  You will be able to quote Bible verses to help that needy brother or sister.

Tips on Reading the Bible Daily

1. Start reading the Bible today -- there is no better time, and there's no reason to wait.
2. Set aside a specific time each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great, but feel free to use any time that works consistently for you.
3. Read the Bible for the sake of learning, not simply to accomplish your next reading. Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding, then be refreshed by the words you read!