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30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 2

Today, I am linking up with Rachel and Jessica over at Young Homemakers for their “30 Days of Thankfulness” challenge.

For each day in the month of November, I will be posting something that I am thankful for. I hope that YOU will join in as well. =)

TODAY I AM THANKFUL FOR:
My family. =) The LORD saw fit to place me in a house with 12 of the most amazing people that I have ever had the blessing of being around. Each and every one of my family members have their own personality and way of doing things, yet God has allowed us to mesh each of our strengths together to be a strong family unit.

I am so thankful for my family.

My parents are a huge source of wisdom for me. I know that I can ask them about anything and they will help me work through whatever issue I am needing help with at the time. I am so grateful that they have a genuine interest in the things that are going on in the lives of my siblings and I. Us children are truly blessed to have such a godly example of married life and of parents guiding their children and seeking to raise them in the admonition of the LORD.

My siblings are also a huge blessing to me. Even though we have our moments, we all love each other dearly and are working to further build our sibling relationships. I can truly say that my siblings are my best friends. =) We know how to make each other laugh and enjoy working on projects together. We enjoy playing board games and singing at the top of our lungs when our favorite songs come on the radio. There is so much more that I could say, but I will leave you with this: Siblings are the bestest. =)

I am one grateful girl.<3

Don't forget to drop back by Young Homemakers to read more postings for the “30 Days of Thankfulness” challenge. =)

Blessings to you!
~*~Courtney~*~

On Virtuous Women

Today I was thinking about the shortage of Christian, God-fearing, wives, mothers, and young ladies learning how to be such.

We need to take a stand for our beliefs, for our families, and for the generations to come. We need strong (Biblically and spiritually strong) women who are willing to stand up for what is right.

Here is a quote* from Peter Marshall, formal U.S. Senate Chaplain.

“Godly womanhood….the very phrase sounds strange in our ears. We never hear it now. We hear about every other type of women:
beautiful women, smart women, sophisticated women, career women, talented women, divorced women. But so seldom do we hear of a godly woman-or of a godly man either, for that matter. We believe women come nearer to fulfilling their God-given function in the home than anywhere else. It is a much nobler thing to be a good wife, than to be Miss America. It is a greater achievement to establish a Christian home than it is to produce a second-rate novel filled with filth. It is a far, far better thing in the realms of morals to be old-fashioned, than to be ultra-modern. The world has enough women who know how to be smart. It needs women who are willing to be simple. The world has enough women who know how to be brilliant. It needs some who will be brave. The world has enough women who are popular. It needs more who are pure. We need women, and men too, who would rather be morally right than socially correct.”

*Quoted from Verses of Virtue, by Beall Phillips

Hmmm. It is very sad that this even had to be a quote. If all the women were doing what they were supposed to be doing, where would our world be today?

Proverbs 31:10-has an excellent example of what our model should be.

Proverbs 31:10-31

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

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This is everything a virtuous woman is supposed to be! What happened?

Our job is to be at home. Not wandering from place to place, not working away from home, not forming feminist mindsets away at college, and most certainly not ignoring our sacred duty, the duty of being a dedicated daughter, wife, and mother.

Titus 2:3-5 :

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Here is another good quote*:

“If a young woman was determined to think and act biblically, how would she live?”

She would rediscover God’s design for virtuous womanhood for every stage of her life and try to conform her service to God to that plan. Central to that plan is a virtuous heart, a pure mind, the right education, a strong father-daughter relationship, a wisely contracted marriage, and wise, God-fearing descendants.

Too many fathers and daughters build their lives around the wrong questions:

“How can I be popular and successful in the world’s eyes?”

“How can I make the most money and conform my priorities to a money-making lifestyle?”

“How can I avoid the stigma of being too ‘Christian’ or too ‘legalistic?’”

“How can I conform myself to the world’s way of doing business, doing education, doing family, doing fun stuff, doing marriage, doing children, doing retirement, doing everything?”

The wrong questions lead us in the wrong directions. When we start asking the right questions and being to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, the things of the world no longer enslave us by begin to present themselves to us as tools we might appropriate for our mission in life.”

*as quoted in “So Much More”, by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin

Feminists have been trying to change the world’s view of women for too long. It is time for us to take a stand, and show what a virtuous woman is.

If even most women were doing what they were supposed to do, where would our world be today?

If fathers and daughters had strong relationships, where would our world be today?

If more women were non-feminist minded, where would our world be today?

If more women were not constantly talking down Godly womanhood, where would our world be today?

It is most certainly some food for thought.

Feel free to chime in with your opinions, and let me know what you think!

Saturday…..

It has been another wonderful Saturday! We have just had fun resting and playing today as a family.

This is the last day of June. Tomorrow will be July 1st! This year is flying by! It hardly seems right!!

Have a restful and pleasant Sunday!!

Courtney

Back again…

I am back to blogging again today! We have had a very busy last couple of weeks, setting up routines and such for when the baby is born! We had a very nice rainfall a few days ago:

It was sooo nice! We have been in drought conditions lately. This was a wonderful blessing!

You may notice a few changes still happening along the sidebars and such….. I am still perfecting the designs and tweaking a few last things!

I was reading in Proverbs again today… that book must have a magnetic attraction to my hands!! 😉 I came across this chapter:

Proverbs 15

“1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

5 A fool spurns his father’s discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.

8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path;
he who hates correction will die.

11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD—
how much more the hearts of men!

12 A mocker resents correction;
he will not consult the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth with turmoil.

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,
but a patient man calms a quarrel.

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,
but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.

23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise
to keep him from going down to the grave.

25 The LORD tears down the proud man’s house
but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact.

26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but those of the pure are pleasing to him.

27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family,
but he who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

29 The LORD is far from the wicked
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
will be at home among the wise.

32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.”

Such wisdom is contained in that book. It is a definite recommended book for all to read!

I must go for now!
Courtney

Happy Tuesday!

Good Morning!

I hope this finds you well rested after a wonderful Memorial Day holiday weekend!

I know we had quite a good time.

I guest posted at Lines From The Vine today! Don’t forget to drop by!

I found a wonderful poem for Memorial Day.

Here it is:

A National Moment of Remembrance On Memorial Day

“That poem about where “poppies blow”
And, “the crosses, row on row”
Still rings true, these ninety years
After written, still brings tears.

We still have Dead, “amid the guns”
And lose our young and our loved ones
Those who lived, “short days ago”
Who, “felt dawn, saw sunset glow”.

In Flanders Fields, “the poppy red”
Still grow near where the blood was bled
They, “Take up our quarrel with the foe”
And still die for Freedoms that we know.

They pass, “The torch” to, “hold it high”
And not, “break the faith with us who die”
For they, “shall not sleep, though poppies grow”
Beneath all those, “crosses, row on row”
In Flanders Fields.”

Del “Abe” Jones

We had a wonderful weekend just resting and having family time. It is soooo nice to go into a week re-energized and refreshed.

Prayer Requests
My Dad, who has a very full day
My Mom, who is getting to the end of her pregnancy
Mrs. Jenny, has a hurt back
The Blackwell’s have a medical appointment this week

Today I Am Thankful For:

My new blog home is almost complete! I decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress, because Blogger doesn’t allow enough customization for me. I really like it so far!

Here is the before:

Here is the after:

I will be posting my current reading list and blog favorites soon!

I am also thankful for Emma, who is “helping” me type this blog…..

What I’m Learning

I am learning that fires in Georgia and Florida do affect Alabama very much…. our weather has been very smoky and hazy. Not fun at all!

Scripture Meditation

Deuteronomy 28:1

If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

Saturday….

Today has been a really busy day! We are planning on remodeling our bathroom over the next several weeks. Today, we bought the supplies and tomorrow, we are hopping to it! We will be tiling the floor, installing a new vanity, installing new cabinets, putting in a new bathtub, painting and tiling the walls, tiling the tub surround, and too many other things to count! Yikes!

Meanwhile……Lately, I have been studying in 1 Timothy. That is one power-packed book of wisdom right there! It seems that every verse has something to be gleaned from it! My favorite one so far is: 1st Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Young people nowadays should take to heart these verses! If they did, this world would be so much better!

I will post more later!
Courtney


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