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“Your husband doesn’t only need you to pray that he has a good day, is successful, and walks with Jesus. These are not bad requests, but are rather generic prayers that have too little specific direction behind them. What our husbands need from us are specific prayers, hard prayers, for their growth in godliness. I love my husband and I want what is best for him. And the best thing for him is to be a man who who lives for the glory of God.

Here are five hard prayers I pray for my husband, and would encourage you to pray for yours.”

Jen lists these and explains briefly what she means.

  1. Conviction of sin
  2. Humility of heart
  3. Patience in life
  4. Love for God
  5. Discipline from God

See more at The Time-Warp Wife

 

 

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Help for women under stress

Randy Alcorn has just [re]published a book for women under stress.  He explains why he wrote the book and how a man could write a book like this.

Why a book on stress for women? While men and women have common stressors, there are significant differences between how and why they experience stress. Most of the research on stress has been done on men. Nevertheless, stress is chronic among women and, in our experience, it’s most often women who cry out for help.

When people asked how a man could possibly write about women and stress, I pointed out that I was the author of many years of stress for my mother. Nanci would no doubt vouch for the stress I’ve brought into her life. And by the time they were teenagers I’m sure my beloved daughters Karina and Angela would say I had put them under stress (especially when I insisted on going through a sixteen-page handout with each boy they dated). So I do have some credentials when it comes to women and stress!

His wife Nanci helped him significantly form the content of the book.  Together they have been through many seasons of stress.

Read more about Help for Women under Stress here including the ability to download and read one chapter for free.

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In a blog re-run, Paul Tautages refers to “an excellent booklet HELP! I Can’t Submit to My Husband, by biblical counselor Glenda Hotton who gives rock-solid counsel to wives. She explains how when a woman humbly submits to her husband in a godly manner, “it gives her freedom to become all that she desires and dreams of, because first she is submitting to the Lord.” The author then explains biblical submission by correcting six common ideas of submission.”

Here are the summary statements.  Submission is not:

  1. Being a doormat
  2. About who is superior
  3. Being passive
  4. Determined by who is right
  5. A burden to be borne
  6. A tool to use when a wife wants something.

Read all of it here.

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“Out of the Ordinary” is offers solid theology building solid women.  One of the contributors speaks of her struggle with worry and how it  begins with forgetting about God’s sovereignty:

Worry is one of my besetting sins. It can cover a wide range of subjects – immediate family concerns, the election in less than 2 weeks, or what’s really happening in Tehran. I begin to worry because I don’t like unknowns, and I don’t like feeling out of control. To compensate, I often try to keep tabs on all the possible variables that could affect the outcome, deluding flattering myself into thinking that I can at least be mentally prepared for what could occur. But this is cold comfort. There are too many factors beyond my scope, and as I consider what is outside of my control, the needle on the worry meter goes up.

I have a less-than-robust background in the absolute sovereignty of God, so I could use that as an excuse. But even wholeheartedly embracing that doctrine, my thoughts of God are often “too human”, as if He is equally perplexed, sitting in the heavens, laughing nervously, and wringing His hands in confusion.

If I dig deeper, there’s a showdown taking a place. . . .

Read more about this showdown here.

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Moms, chill out!

Stephen Altrogge:

“Moms, Jesus wants you to chill out about being a mom. You don’t have to make homemade bread to be a faithful mom. You don’t have to sew you children’s clothing to be a faithful mom. You don’t have to coupon, buy all organic produce, keep a journal, scrapbook, plant a garden, or make your own babyfood to be a faithful mom. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but they’re also not in your biblical job description.

Your job description is as follows:

Keep reading, moms!

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Justin Taylor asked Michael Haykin and Faith Cook for some recommendations regarding Christian biography for women.  Some great books.  Not only should the ladies check these out. Men, might want to consider getting theme for Christmas or birthday presents!

Check them out here.

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This is an hour long interview with Joni Eareckson Tada.  If you can’t watch it all at once, spread it over a few days.

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Homemakers, look for grace!

Here’s a blog, Domestic Kingdom,  for Christian women, especially those stay at home moms with children.  Here’s a slice of a Gloria’s recent post called “Glimpses of Grace in Homemaking.

Even when a homemaker is continually serving the Lord by caring for her family, guests, and visitors, it’s tempting to feel like this work is in rooted in a pointless cycle.

Dusting baseboards, taking out the trash, balancing the grocery budget, mopping spills– the list of perpetual tasks goes on and on.

Folding the same towels over and over again becomes a loathsome duty when my work is not unto the Lord. I groan like the writer of Ecclesiastes that my days “are full of sorrow” and my work “is a vexation” (Eccl. 2:23). Sometimes I collapse onto my pillow at night and I rehearse tomorrow’s list, adding the left-overs and do-overs from today’s list. Worries and weariness threaten to overwhelm me and even in the night my heart doesn’t rest.

How often I forget that the presence of housework is evidence that the Lord has blessed my home with life! . . .

Keep reading to be encouraged, ladies.

 

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“We can debate a long time about the how-to’s of being a helper, but let’s not lose sight of what the Bible says: God created man first; it was not good for the man to be alone; God created a woman to be his suitable helper.

In our girl-power, you-can-do-anything-you-set-your-mind-to world, this set-up God invented can feel offensive. Our sinful nature resists the idea of being a helper. As a single woman, I sometimes fear the loss of independence it requires. Yet the woman as helper is part of God’s design for the family.”

A take-away from “What Do You Mean I’m To Be My Husband’s Helper” by Martha Krienke–an article that’s worth the time of single women as well as every wife!

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The right treasure for women

Christine Hoover reminds women that Christ should be their treasure, not their homes.

The home exists for Christ. Our marriages, our children, our physical spaces — all these are means of joyful response to Him. Through the home, we treasure Christ and show others how to treasure Him also (Titus 2:3–5Proverbs 31:10–31).

Too often, however, we treasure the home more than we treasure Christ. As a result, what He has given as a blessing and an avenue of sanctification becomes a means of achievement or accomplishment, where our well-behaved children or our organizational abilities are an indication of our value and our righteousness. Our homes become a matter of pride, self-elevation, or comparison. And we cling to our treasure, thinking that the home is under our control, that it’s ours to possess, that we have somehow created and cultivated something special.

In “Christ is Our Treasure, Not Our Homes” she goes on to talk about when treasuring one’s home more than Christ is most likely to occur as well as what happens when we make our homes our treasure rather than Christ.

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