I must admit, when I go to my in-laws church, I have a hard time focusing on the sermon. You see, they have a bookstore, and when I am there my mind is reeling over what I want to purchase for my personal library. I have never been disappointed by the selections that are made there, as many of them are hand-picked by their pastor. Although, I am not sure he reads all the womens material. Probably not.
I found this book called Becoming God’s True Woman, edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I love her radio show and love what she is doing to try to reverse the feminist movement that has overtaken not only our society, but our churches too. It’s a burden of mine for women to return to the desire that God has given them, to the role God has ordained for women. I still struggle with things that I have been taught throughout my life concerning femininity.
This book is kind of the starting point of Nancy’s campaign for Biblical femininity. These authors are very easy to read, and there is a study guide in the back for further reflection and meditation. Several things have really stuck out to me so far, and I thought that I would share them with you.
First thing is this: Women should love their homes. Not necessarily a house, but their homes. This has sooo many implications that I am still trying to work out in my little noggin, but it includes things like taking care of the home, creating the right environment at home, and enjoying being at home. Being a homemaker is not an easy job, and the more I have thought on this, the more I realize this: women who are working outside the home have a hard job, but most of them (I said most – not all) do not focus on making a home in their house. This truth also made me think about what I have done or not done to make my home. Like I said, I am still trying to wrap my mind around all of it.
In another section, Mary Kassian discusses how it is important that we view God as our Father, and how that will motivate us in our daily lives. She says, “The Father appreciates your obedience. He appreciates your disciplines of prayer and fasting and being in the Word. He appreciates your service. But more than all these things and at the center of the gospel is this: the Father wants your heart. He does not want rote obedience, conformity, service, sacrifice, and ceaseless ministry from you. If He does not have your heart, these things mean nothing to Him. Living in a love relationship with God is the key to enjoying and delighting in Him and experiencing His delight with you. If you truly understand this and take it to heart, it will revolutionize your life and will allow you to begin to experience the joy and victory that Christ has already won for you.”
She goes on to explain that when we view our relationship with God in this way, the things we do for Christ will be done with the right motive and with the right perspective. We will repent, because we have hurt our loving Father. We will evangelize, because we want people to know our Father. We will do Bible study, prayer and meditation because we have a longing to know our Father better. Our Christian service will be lead by our Father’s plan for us, and not the “pressure to perform.” We deal with trials and suffering because we know that our Father is taking care of it all and has our best interests at heart. It is truly amazing how our relationship with God changes when we view Him as the loving Heavenly Father that He is, and not a distant dictator that needs appeasement.
I have also found this excellent blog called Women Living Well. It is a real encouragement for women who are committed to being all they can be for Christ in their homes. Courtney has been featured on the Rachael Ray show as a “1950’s wife”. She also is an on-line Bible Study leader, and that site is called Good Morning Girls. It’s hard to explain, but it is a really neat concept. I am planning on following along with their James study, but not “registering”. If you are interested in a serious relationship with Christ, and encouragement from meat and not just milk, both these sites are for you.
As we enter into the new year, my prayer for myself, those around me, and anyone reading this blog is this – that we would daily search our hearts and let the Lord change us into His image. I have been and continue to pray for real, lasting revival in the lives of God’s people. That we would move beyond our comfort zones and live our faith in tangible, radical ways; motivated not by any selfish desires, but by the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.
~ Ephesians 5:1-2