Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Complete Course in Dressmaking

There is a free online antique book store on all types of sewing, knitting etc.  Right now I am printing up free  "A Complete Course in Dressmaking." which is a 1920's sewing book.  It teaches how to make your own patterns for dresses, aprons, blouses, even men's wear.  I happen to love the 20's because they have some decorative details but it isn't over done like earlier ages.  Actually I think it was the 20's that gave us our modern fashions.

http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/sewing.htm

Here is a link to this wonderful library.  I hope you have fun.

Friday, September 28, 2018

A Safe Knitting Group

Hi Ladies,
I would like to create a safe knitting group here in New Mexico.  Most are very liberal here and are into knitting pussy hats.  I would like it to be were one is okay dressing modest and feminine.  If any of you are interested, please contact me.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A wonderful recognition to keepers at home

Today, on , let’s also recognize the amazing stay-at-home parents across America, who seldom receive the credit they deserve for the invaluable work that they do, as they nurture and raise the next generation of American workers! Thank you!

In today's America it isn't usually thought of well to stay at home and care for the home and the family. It was nice to see recognition from Ivanka Trump for us who care for and nurture our children and to put us up to to the same level as all of those who work outside the home.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

IThessalonians517 a New Headcovering Store

IThessalonians517



https://www.etsy.com/shop/IThessalonians517?ref=l2-shopheader-name


I found a new head covering store on ETSY.  I like the apostolic head covers because they are not extreme.
 I like the head piece type head covers because they are the only covers that stay on my head.

They are pricey and so later I will put up free patterns so one can make their own head covers a whole lot cheaper and with more colors than just natural hair colors. 




Monday, August 20, 2018

On Civilization Society and Women


https://youtu.be/UxpVwBzFAkw


This is a good film for us ladies that follow Jesus and are not trying to change the church to suit ourselves.  Ladies, you will see that your following the Bible in earnest is actually saving the world.  This film will give you the courage to continue following and maybe helping others to follow Jesus as we should with the man the husband being the head. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Proverbs 31 woman

I got this post from /avirtuouswoman.org/10-virtues-proverbs-31-woman/

I was very sick when I first put it up and only had 6 proverbs.  

THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN TODAY

Often women believe that Proverbs 31 doesn’t really apply to our modern lives. Here at A Virtuous Woman, we believe that God’s Word stands the test of time. I wrote the 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman as the mission statement for A Virtuous Woman, but soon realized that it was more than a mission statement. The 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman demonstrates how, as Christian women today, we can all be Proverbs 31 Women.

THE 10 VIRTUES OF THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN

1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3.  Mothering – A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

If we accept Jesus can we then sin all we want

https://carm.org/questions/about-doctrine/if-we-accept-jesus-savior-can-we-then-sin-all-we-want

I thought this was a really good article.  I have heard many Christians even saying that as long as they believe in Jesus they can do what ever they want.  This article shows us that Jesus does not want us sinning. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Ickythecat an Etsy store with wonderful antique books and homemaking information

I'm always looking for things to improve my homemaking.  And so I ran into this shop with all kinds of patterns and books etc.  She has a section called almost free where items are at 23 cents each.  Now Etsy will not let you check out with only 23 cents so you have to purchase enough to get 1 dollars worth before you can check out. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ickythecat  Here is the link if you are interested in checking this site out. 

One of the Gems I got was a 1887 book called " 5000 Gems for the Household"   There are a lot of very useful information that we modern home keepers have lost over time.  There are also items mentioned that I don't think we have any more and also be careful because back in the 1800's they used some items and ingredients that back then they didn't know was harmful and now days we know it is harmful.  So use wisdom when utilizing these antique books. 


I also got a really pretty knit dress pattern of the 1920's, and many other crochet, sewing, etc. books and patterns.  Check it out.  I think you will at least find it fun.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It Just Isn't Safe to Ride in a Skirt

http://alaynamaysblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/it-just-isnt-safe-to-ride-in-skirt.html



Actually, she is being funny.  She makes modern riding skirts and rides horses in skirts all the time.  She prefers them to split skirts.  It is a must read if you want to ride horses modestly and quite pretty too. 

"*A word of explanation: I was recently asked to write an article about riding safely in skirts. This is the result.  I hope it is encouraging!

     We girls were out with Daddy for our annual Christmas shopping trip - which is really just a nice opportunity to go out for the day with him since we don't usually buy much. We headed into Barnes & Noble to get some coffee and stood near the front door, enjoying our special treat, when an older, sloppily-dressed lady came up to us. "I just wanted to say that I like the way your girls dress," she began in a forceful tone. She looked from Daddy to each of us.
     "Well, thank you," Daddy said.
     "I don't dress that way because I ride horses and it just ain't safe to ride in a skirt, but I like the way you dress."
     All my sisters - except Anna Frances, who was distracted - looked at me. I smiled and said, "Actually, I have horses too and ride in a skirt all the time."
     "Well, you can do that, but I ain't gonna be caught dead in a skirt! It ain't safe!" she said.

     This lady held to a common misconception. All of us who wear skirts have probably heard it at some point or other and many ladies who prefer to dress modestly feel that wearing skirts or dresses would restrict them from riding. This simply is not true, though. Riding in a skirt can be done safely - but it does take a certain amount of thought and preparation. For the purpose of this article, explaining how to ride safely in a skirt, I'm going to skip all the wonderful reasons to wear skirts. Those of you who are reading this are probably already familiar with these reasons and the Biblical basis for them.

     I have been riding in skirts for eight years or so and have never had a skirt-related accident yet. Not to say I never will have one, but I haven't to date. I have also done a lot of other things in skirts, including climbing trees (a lot), swimming, hiking, bicycle riding, climbing rocks, canoeing, dog training, and working around the house and farm. "








Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Riding a horse while staying modest and feminine.

I found this site on Etsy and I have written her asking her to write about the safety of riding with a skirt.  She has beautiful riding skirts.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/466889474/custom-ladies-modest-heavy-duty-denim?ref=shop_home_active_6

The site is called ChickenScrapsShop.  Here is a picture of her riding with these lovely riding skirts. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

My Headcovering Experience by Heather Tomlinson

Hi Ladies.  I recently have gotten a new hair dresser. And now my favorite old headcovers don't work any more.  So I am scrambling to find a new one that well.  I will be designing a crochet one .  Will looking for a ready made on I ran into this article.  It is a must read and one you can use if one makes negative comments to you or if a lady is new to the concepts and wants to learn.  


I did paste the article here.  I have found so much good information just disappear on the web and lost forever.

"RECONSIDERING SUBMISSION

As I covered my head, I meditated on gender, authority and submission. These words evoke the obedience of a servile woman to a harsh, schoolmaster-like figure: they’re in control, I’m their subject. But where does this idea of authority come from? Certainly not Jesus. He taught that those who exalt themselves will be humbled and that if we are to lead we are to serve. And he followed this through by washing a queue of smelly, dirty feet. So the notion of patriarchal authority that my generation has been rebelling against isn’t anything to do with Jesus.  
Any female-specific commands to submit to a (godly) man mean submitting to a servant. I feel that I’m being asked in the Bible not to abuse men in their vulnerability: not to control, boss or manipulate someone who is serving me, but to serve them myself. In other words, I understand this passage to refer to mutual submission. I began to see my own head covering as a symbol that I am working on not being bossy, controlling or manipulative. This is what ‘being under authority’ means to me.
This kind of interdependence in a male/female relationship is echoed in 1 Corinthians 11:11: ‘Neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord’ (NKJV). In light of this revelation, several tricky, gender-related Bible passages started to make sense to me, and they became joyfully liberated from the extremes that can be painted by both sides of the egalitarian versus complementarian debate.  "


My Headcovering Experiment

The controversial Islamic teaching that women should cover their heads is often viewed as oppressive. Yet, until recently, head coverings were not uncommon among Christian women. Is this an outdated, sexist concept? Heather Tomlinson dons a headscarf to find out.
There are certain aspects of religion that used to be anathema to me: anything with a whiff of submissiveness, modesty or apparently arbitrary rules.
I (mis)spent my youth dancing on podiums in a bikini at nightclubs, and I vividly remember having a long argument with a radical Islamist outside my university about why it was ridiculous that women wear the hijab.  
When I came to Christ later in life, my views didn’t change much at first and I continued to call myself a feminist through the confused lipstick and ladette culture of the ’90s and noughties. So if you were picking a woman to try out wearing a head covering, I wouldn’t be the obvious choice. It would be even less likely that I would come to respect and enjoy the practice.  
Head coverings for women were once fairly common in the Church, based on 1 Corinthians 11:5: ‘A woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head’ (NLT). This is one of those passages that modern, enlightened Christian women prefer to ignore. Pastors cite ‘context’ and ‘culture’, saying it was a practice for then and not for now.  
There is speculation that this teaching is only found in Corinthians because uncovered women were considered to be prostitutes back then. I’m not convinced by this. The passage talks about angels, glory and authority as the reasons to do it, with no reference to prostitution. So what on earth does this mean?  
"COVERING MY HEAD BROUGHT HOME TO ME HOW SEXUALISED MODERN NOTIONS OF FEMININITY ARE"  
Of course, this issue sits within one of the more acrimonious debates within the Church at present. On one side are the complementarians, who think women and men have fundamentally different roles. They usually ignore head covering. On the other are egalitarians and feminists, who believe God gives us equal and identical roles, and that Bible passages that appear to say otherwise have been misinterpreted.  

THE HANDS-ON APPROACH  

Rather than debate academic studies about first-century womanhood, why not try out a biblical notion such as head covering and see what happens? Rachel Held Evans took this approach in A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson), and the results were entertaining and sometimes enlightening. Jewish writer AJ Jacobs tried living according to the Old Testament law in The Year of Living Biblically (Simon & Schuster). Despite being a scornful sceptic, he actually went on to have a religious experience.  
A huge number of women cover their heads for religious reasons. There are nuns of every kind of faith, many Catholics, plus the Amish, Brethren, Orthodox Jews, Hutterites and Mennonites. Most of these are Christian. Recently, there has been a head covering revival in certain wings of the US Church: especially the ultra-reformed and those calling themselves ‘Torah-observant’.  
Lobbying in favour of the practice is The Head Covering Movement, set up last year by a man called Jeremy Gardiner, who cites the theologically conservative Gospel Coalition in his profession of faith. The movement’s website features personal stories of women who are usually the only head coverers in their churches, as well as arguments from scripture to support the practice. It cites Martin Luther, William Tyndale and Thomas Aquinas, among others.  

A ‘HOW TO’ IN HEAD COVERING  

However, the organisation’s website is not practical in terms of giving you a ‘how to’. Instead, I venture onto YouTube, where I find countless instruction videos. Tichels, head wraps, caps, shawls, mantillas, hats, snoods: take your pick. There are even online shops dedicated to the practice, such as Garlands of Grace. I took the easy route and wound a scarf round my head like an African head wrap.  
And…I liked it. It was warm, comfortable, neater than my crazy locks and I thought it looked funky. I started experimenting each morning with Jewish tichels, snoods (when in a hurry) and Brethren-style triangle headscarves. Sometimes I had all manner of colours and textiles nestling together on my head, like a crown.  So far, so good. But was head covering mentioned in the Bible as a thoughtful, timesaving, artistic hobby? Probably not.  

UNEXPECTED INSIGHTS  

To my surprise, I started to get some spiritual insights. Covering my head made me think more deeply about which other bits of my body were covered. The first time I went into town with wrapped hair, I also wore a longish skirt and was generally a bit more ‘modest’ than usual. I was taken by surprise. I thought I would have felt self-conscious and dowdy. Instead, I felt empowered and liberated.  
This experience brought home to me how sexualised modern notions of femininity are. Disagree? Go into your average high-street fashion store and try to find an item of clothing that isn’t tight, short or see-through. Attractive, well-coiffed, sexy women such as Angelina Jolie are idolised, while frumpy souls such as Ann Widdecombe are either laughed at or ignored. The subtext is that, if we don’t attract men, we’re not valuable.  
Even without sexual pressure, there’s the tyranny of fashion and the fear of being judged on your appearance; by women as well as by men. Somehow, by covering up, I felt as though I was stepping out of the League Table of Female Attractiveness, and that this might be a good thing. All the better as this was achieved without wearing a hessian smock and brogues.  
However, while I might have been learning from the experience, the rest of the world didn’t really notice. Perhaps if I had worn a more obvious covering that screamed ‘religious’ I would have received more comments; certainly, if I had worn a hijab. I received the odd curious question from friends, and a neighbour who is not known for his love of multiculturalism made a rude comment, but that was it.  
I watched videos of women from different faiths telling their own stories of head covering. They had a variety of reasons for doing so. Some sounded a tad pious. Christians often cited modesty, keeping something for their husbands or wanting to obey God. Often these women had long, blonde hair that could attract a lot of attention.  
A number felt empowered by covering their heads. Andrea Grinberg, an Orthodox Jew who has become a kind of head-wrapping guru, said in one YouTube video that donning a headscarf had surprising effects.  ‘I wanted to reveal my soul,’ she shares.
‘I wanted to reveal my warmth and my love and be connected to people, instead of them looking at something external…I wanted to be an attractive person for who I am on the inside. I cover in order to be who I truly am.’  
Author Karen Armstrong, a former nun, echoed Grinberg’s sentiment in a recent interview with The Guardian: ‘I myself was veiled for seven years [when she was a nun]. It was liberating in some ways. I never had to fuss about my hair or make-up or all the other trivial things with which women in the west fill their heads.’  

LIBERATING MODESTY 

‘Modesty’ is a tainted word, as it is often associated with the view that women invite sexual harassment if they dress in a provocative way. I found that the concept can be liberated from such sexist ideas, but that it’s not about wearing dungarees, shaving our heads and burning our bras. It can just be liberating to have our physicality in the back seat, allowing our inner selves to take centre stage. Is this what Peter meant when he talked about avoiding being concerned with ‘outward adornment’ and instead focusing on ‘the hidden person of the heart’ (1 Peter 3:3-4)?  
You can’t consider the practice of head covering in 1 Corinthians 11 without also thinking about another aspect of the passage that gives modern women like me the heebie-jeebies. Verse 10 says it is a symbol that a woman is under the authority of a man, who in turn is under the authority of Christ. It says we should wear it because woman was made for man ‘and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority’ (NLT).  

RECONSIDERING SUBMISSION

As I covered my head, I meditated on gender, authority and submission. These words evoke the obedience of a servile woman to a harsh, schoolmaster-like figure: they’re in control, I’m their subject. But where does this idea of authority come from? Certainly not Jesus. He taught that those who exalt themselves will be humbled and that if we are to lead we are to serve. And he followed this through by washing a queue of smelly, dirty feet. So the notion of patriarchal authority that my generation has been rebelling against isn’t anything to do with Jesus.  
Any female-specific commands to submit to a (godly) man mean submitting to a servant. I feel that I’m being asked in the Bible not to abuse men in their vulnerability: not to control, boss or manipulate someone who is serving me, but to serve them myself. In other words, I understand this passage to refer to mutual submission. I began to see my own head covering as a symbol that I am working on not being bossy, controlling or manipulative. This is what ‘being under authority’ means to me.
This kind of interdependence in a male/female relationship is echoed in 1 Corinthians 11:11: ‘Neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord’ (NKJV). In light of this revelation, several tricky, gender-related Bible passages started to make sense to me, and they became joyfully liberated from the extremes that can be painted by both sides of the egalitarian versus complementarian debate.  
"I HAD ALL MANNER OF COLOURS AND TEXTILES NESTLING TOGETHER ON MY HEAD LIKE A CROWN"

REMEMBERING THE OPPRESSED

My experience of covering my head has been relentlessly positive. I may have found it fascinating, but any celebration of head covering has to recognise that, for many women, the practice is a symbol of oppression and spiritual abuse. In some countries, a woman or her husband would be flogged or worse for not wearing it. Iranian women made headlines this summer when they de-hijabed themselves on a Facebook page as an act of liberation. Their Stealthy Freedom Facebook page has more than 600,000 ‘likes’.  
This image of a hijab as repressive and misogynistic is probably why it is so controversial. It is banned in French schools and UK politicians have called for the same to happen here.  
It sometimes feels as though women are pressured from all sides: they should be good wives and mothers, they should be career women, they should be earning the same and achieving the same as men, they should be Proverbs 31 women. Should, should, should. The last thing we need is another ‘should’, and I’m in no way suggesting that women ‘should’ cover their heads. 1 Corinthians 11  can be interpreted in various ways, and our individual journeys with God sometimes take us down very different routes.  

LEGALISM-FREE

If wearing or not wearing something on our heads comes out of guilt, manipulation, threat or abuse it must be far from God’s will. But what about the modern symbols of femininity: the lipstick, the push-up bras and the 50 brands of hair-styling product? Muslims might be justified in questioning why they are percieved to be oppressive, while we continue to exploit and objectify women in Western culture. Could the Western woman’s apparent need to get up early to wash, dry, straighten, curl or lacquer her hair in an attempt to look attractive be just as oppressive as being forced to cover your head?  
Jesus doesn’t impose a list of regulations. Our only law is the law of love, and that is achieved through God himself. But I discovered that there might be more beauty and wisdom in those tricky, ignored Bible passages than I had perhaps thought, when approached as an exploration with God and not a law.
Somehow, this seemingly arbitrary bit of cloth on my head helped me to navigate my own path through the warzones of feminism versus subjugation, egalitarian versus complementarian, and sexual object versus sexless nun, to a place where I feel comfortable. So, while that continues, the scarf stays on.

SHOULD WOMEN COVER THEIR HEADS? 

FOR  
‘It took me eight months or so to finally find the courage to be open to this, not for my own discomfort, but for others. The ‘fear of man’ was a really big part of my hesitation. Friends, guys, family; no one I know does it.  
‘Even without the biblical passage (1 Corinthians 11), I have so many reasons why this is right for me. Since I started covering, I have felt God so much more. I hear him, I feel him, I’m constantly reminded that I belong to him.’  
Carlie Bunch, a vegan health coach living in the US. Taken from headcoveringmovement.com. 
AGAINST  
‘I started wearing a head covering some time in elementary school. When I was younger, I’d wear the lace ones, but when I reached young adulthood, I switched to wrapping my head and hair in scarves.  
‘I think it ought to be left up to the individual whether they wish to cover or not, but I also think it lends itself to supporting a system that necessitates the controlling, silencing and subjugation of women.’  
Dani Kelley was raised in a Brethren home in the US. She wore a head covering from fourth grade onwards, but stopped when she lost her faith 



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Sunday, June 3, 2018

craftsy unlimited

Hello ladies,

I just got started with a craftsy unlimited account.  It is 15.00 a month.  It is an online class and also if one gets craftsy unlimited you can watch it on your television if you have ROKU.  This really worked well for me as I have a high school aged child who does all of his high school online.  So now I can do my own classes.  I'm taking Tunisian crochet.  I got my yarn for the project from Knit Picks.  They have lovely yarns that are a lot cheaper than other places.  I got a large amount of hooks for only like 5 dollars at Amazon.com.  They have lots of different classes from baking, gardening, drawing, sewing, knitting, spinning, crochet.  It is really nice if you live somewhere where finding classes  for these things are difficult.  Like I live in the suburbs so we don't have much like Albuquerque and Santa Fe the big cities in New Mexico.  Take a look and see if there are classes that can help you be a good Help Meet and Keeper at home.  craftsy.com



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A power point presentation on why we should dress modest






Hello ladies,
At the time this article was written, things have changed drastically.  She was trying to get ladies to understand that ladies should be modest and feminine.  She is seven days Adventist but if you are not seven days Adventist please do not throw out the baby with the dirty bath water.  She back a lot of what she is talking about with Bible and also history of Christian ladies and how they dressed before feminism.  But now days, we have to fight for the right to wear clothes.  http://www.newyorkupstate.com/hudson-valley/2018/05/photo_upstate_ny_woman_refuses_to_stop_gardening_while_topless_sues_town_for_arr.html

Women now are going about their daily business topless.  It will not be long before the United States is no different than pagan Egypt.  Women will go about their business completely naked.  And, many churches are going along with it as long as the money keeps coming in.

I was going to quote Quaker Jane but it looks like she took down all of her site.  Too bad.  She had a lot of good information.  It is for this reason I am downloading all of Sisters-in-Skirts.  They also have abandoned their site and I feel the good information will be lost forever. 

Quaker Jane had said to the order of, that as more and more women stop wearing dresses all together, those of us who do will be seen as an anachronism.

Anyway, for those of you who want to dress modest and feminine, here is a good research to help you support your beliefs. 

http://www.sistersinskirts.com/PDF/Introduction-Why-This-Is-Important.pdf

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.

http://darashpress.com/articles/keepers-home

This article really especially good at helping in this manner.


"KEEPERS AT HOME"
Written By
WILLIAM O. EINWECHTER
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.

WHAT ABOUT THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN?
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.\
house·wife
ˈhousˌwīf/Submit
noun
1.
a married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework.
2.
a small case for needles, thread, and other small sewing items.

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

The urban dictionary:
housewife
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




https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/115dcf7f-d018-323e-bfa8-6fdcf808709b/ss_how-long-will-i-be-allowed-to.html

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

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/22/atheist-richard-dawkins-warns-against-celebrating-alleged-demise-christianity-in-europe.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29




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.  https://daintyjewells.com/swimwear


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!