Thursday, April 24, 2014

Living Out Of An SUV?

Proverbs 31 can seem somewhat unrealistic to a lot of us, but do you know why I think that is? Not because it is impossible to fulfill, but because we as a culture have gone so far a field from the traditional/biblical model of family life that we just don't recognize it anymore.

What we have come to accept as "normal" is living in our SUV with a day planner, breathlessly running from meeting to meeting, activity to activity. This is a relatively recent phenomenon for women ~ ask your grandmother! And, I'm not even talking about working women. These are stay-at-home mothers who don't really stay at home very much!

Therefore, since most women nowadays do not fill the majority of their time with domestic pursuits, these verses come off as some kind of unattainable ideal.

Well sisters, I am here to tell you that this is definitely not an outdated, old-fashioned way of life. In fact, I have come to believe with my whole heart that taking God at His Word and pursuing this home-centered path results in greater peace and contentment than you may have ever known, both for you and your family. It is an abundant life.

A woman whose heart is firmly anchored in her home can from that center point stretch herself out in many different directions. Her home can become a hub of creative activity and ministry. She has the freedom to listen for the voice of the Spirit and blow in whatever direction He may lead on any given day. Always, her first priority is her husband, her children and her home.

If you find yourself aching for this less complicated and more restful existence, you can have it. But, you are going to have to really commit yourself to this goal. The enemy of our souls does not want you to have peace, rest and joy and he will try many different tactics to steer you off of this path. You have to want this and let nothing deter you from getting there.

I press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14