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Monday, March 21, 2016

Blog Review of Sarah Mae's New Book


The basic premise of this book is to put our  hearts into our house cleaning.
However that doesn't mean making a clean home something  we worship but that we understand why we clean our homes.

Sarah Mae writes with a gentle friendly conversational tone in which she leads us to the Bible for the reasons that we need to present a clean home to others.

Make no mistake about it,the author knows the people inside the house are more important than the house itself.
She just shows us ways to aid the former with the latter.

There are no strict guidelines to follow- this is your routine you are working out, not mine, and not Sarah's.
Flexibility and Jesus are the keys.
Sarah guides us through both of these aspects. 

For me living in a one room off grid cabin means my cleaning schedule looks different then most.   So I decided to focus on the biblical part of this book instead of the cleaning part.   The part that gives us the why to what we as homemakers (or lifegivers as Sarah calls us) do.

Another example of something I really liked was that  Sarah talks about anchors instead of schedules so I will share my super simple  anchors with you 
1-wake up, read bible with kids, feed farm animals and then breakfast.
2-lunch and reading
3- prepare supper, feed farm animals, get dishes out.
4- brush teeth and wash up for bed.

I think this book  will appeal to different women  for different reasons. For some the practical cleaning advice will jump out at them and for some  the spiritual words will be stronger. And I think both will stand out for all of us at different times in our lives.

All in all ...I loved this book and strongly recommend it to every woman out there!

I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion by Tyndale.

Monday, February 29, 2016

My Highest Calling

   My job is to create a warm and fulfilling home life for my family. To guard them  against the wiles of Satan.

I know all about the stay at home mom vs the working mom battle.
But a battle does not make a war. It is only a small part of it. Satan wants to win as many battles as he can but he will never win the war.

My purpose is to point you to scripture, to Bible verses that tell us clearly what our roles are.

I Timothy 5:13-14
Proverbs 31:27
Titus 2:5
Genesis 18:9

In Timothy.......Manage their households is translated from oiodespoteo which means to occupy oneself in the management of a household.

In Titus... oikouros means keeper of the house, caring for the affairs of the house.

If you are a woman who feels that she must work to make ends meet, then I ask you to read thru God's word.    Find an example of a godly working outside the home.  You won't.  No, the Proverbs 31 woman didn't get her earnings from an outside job. She got them from what she saved and what she made ftom selling  the items she made. Think Etsy or EBay.  You don't need to leave your home to earn money

It all boils down to "is God trustworthy? Is he to be taken at His word? "

Or do we listen to the world? Study Romans 12:2 to see if that's acceptable.

          My 100 year old great grandma's home, where she exemplified homemaking.

We shouldn't look down at being a homemaker! It is God's highest calling!

Linked with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

God's Word is Plain

I Timothy 5:13-14 says

At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house, and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach.

Notice what the Bible tells women to do. Marry, have children, and keep house. No mention of getting a job, even if you are a widow.

Women are told that they learn to be idle , so if they will do the things God commands they will not have time to be idle and being idle is what leads us to doing dishonorable things like gossiping.

Keeping house is described as being a gatekeeper in other versions.  When do you see a gatekeeper going off and doing another job ? You don't. He (or she in this case) is at his/her post , guarding his/her home.

Of course that doesn't mean you can never   leave the house!!
But the Word also tells us : Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as you do to the Lord.  ( Ephesians 5:22)

So while leaving your home is ok , being submissive to another man i.e a boss is not!

God is plain in what He tells us to do. All we need to do is obey.

So why does society not value homemaking?
Because we have made it all about cleaning the house instead of guarding the family. As a matter of fact,  when I was searching for pictures to add to this post I put in homemaker and the only pics I could find were women washing dishes or vacuuming. No pictures of women reading to their children, or  cuddling a baby, or even just standing there smiling! Just cleaning!

And homemaking is so much more than housecleaning!  It's being there for your children when they need you instead of hearing about it hours later from the daycare center. It's about providing a cozy atmosphere that envelopes your family. It's about cooking to nuture rather than cooking to get it on the table.  And more.

But society as a whole doesn't want to hear that. Teaching a child to read isn't valued as much if there isn't a dollar sign attached to it. Smiles from a toddler don't buy books at the bookstore. A clean floor doesn't buy apples at the grocery. And since they don't they are not seen as important as a paycheck. Even for those who say they hate missing  out on those things, they still refuse to put their trust in God and let Him act.

And yet God's Word is plain.

Homemakers in training

Ok, that's my take.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thank You Miss Kay!

I like to bake some sort of bread for supper every night and this recipe is a keeper!
It comes from The Duck Dynasty cookbook Miss Kay's Kitchen.

     Heavenly Made Muffins

2 cups  sifted all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tps sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil

Heat oven to 425
In one bowl mix dry ingredients and in another mix wet ingredients.  Then make a well in the dry and pour in the wet.. Fill muffin cups to 2/3 full.  (Trust me... they mean it!)
Bake for 20-25 minutes.

These muffins are a winner in my home and I hope they are in yours!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

OffGrid Light Options

Linked with The Farm Hop

I live offgrid, meaning that I don't have electric light.
However I do have light, from different sources.

1-Oil lamps. These are beautiful. Lamp oil isn't too expensive, even cheaper when you use kerosene, and easy to find. Kerosene burns a brighter whiter flame. These work well for short distance handiwork.

2- Candles. While these are great for emergencies and certainly easy to find they are not the best for doing labor intensive work as you can't see by them very well.

3-Battery operated lanterns. Definitely better for light but very expensive to buy and maintain. I do like using them to go outside .

4-Flashlights. While handy , batteries do cost a lot and they don't allow for hands free movement. A good option for heading to the bathroom in the middle of the night but not a terrific option for other things.

5-Headlamps. Definitely a fantastic option! Allows you to use your hands freely and the batteries last longer than most flashlight ones do.

6- When we turn on the generator strands of white Christmas lights come on to illuminate our cabin. Nothing brightens up a dark evening better!

7- Solar lights. Easy to find in the garden department, I like to use these in the bathroom. I take them out in the morning to soak up the sunshine and bring them in the cabin at nightfall. Stick them in a jar or use a piece of wood with holes drilled to hold them in place. Don't plan to read by them!

There are of course solar panels that can turn on every lamp you have but I have no experience with those.

Those are the basic light options for an offgridder and it's best to use a variety of them to "light up your life".

Linked with Farm girl Friday