When the Lord uses your husband to grow you

Dear Sisters,
It is tough being human sometimes, isn't it? So much pain involved in the whole growing process. I felt some of that pain this week. I think I feel the pain more intensely at times because I am growing in Christ, and I so want to please my Father. This child can definitely attest to certain times of growing pains. This past week was no exception. My husband had to talk to me about two areas that required my attention. As he talked, I prayed. When did he talk to me? On Thanksgiving day. While our guests were out walking, we were inside talking. I couldn't say anything to him, because everything he was telling me was absolutely true. What was he talking to me about? Stuffing and striving.
"Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God; let Thy good Spirit lead me on level ground." Psalm 143:10
I'll talk about the stuffing first. No, not the Thanksgiving stuffing. ~Smile~ The stuffing of a house with things. I am a terrible pack rat. I know that I have …

Characteristics of a Godly Woman- A Biblical List

Dear Sisters,
I have been doing a study for myself on the verse in Proverbs which states, "A gracious woman retains honor." As I have been studying many of the verses pertaining to godly women in the Bible and their roles in the home and in the church, I have come up with a list based on those verses of a godly woman, wife, and mother - whom I aspire to grow into as I continually grow in Christ by the power of His Spirit. It also helps me to understand the role of the church as His Fruitful Bride and His Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter in that vital role.
With all that in mind and more, here is my list of a godly woman in her many roles written in the back of my Bible. My gleanings are based on Proverbs 31, Ruth, some verses on women in Proverbs, 1 Peter 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:8-15 & 5:3-16, 1 Corinthians11:1-16, Song of Solomon, Psalm 113, 127, and 128, 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, and Titus 2:3-5.
She loves her First Love and her First Faith - Jesus Christ her LORD.
She …

Girls weekend- Laine style

Hi! My older boys are in Swaziland right now, and it is so quiet in the house without them both here. We miss them! It will be good to have them back next week and hear how the LORD answered prayers. They are planting gardens and the gospel with Bruce Wilkinson's "Dream For Africa" team.
We have also passed the homestudy part of our adoption and are presently working on the dossier. This is the last part, and there is still lots to do. So I try to do a bit here and a bit there. This week I obtained our marriage license, and next week I will get our passports and birth certificates.
I was talking with a friend the other day on the phone, and I mentioned to her about my fun two days with four young girls last weekend. She told me I just had to share it with you all. So here I am...
First, let me introduce you to the girls. They are all sisters: there's Jessica, who is fourteen years old; Hannah, who is twelve years old; and Amber, who is nine years old. Abbie and I wer…

Where to fall when life happens

Dear Sisters,
This past week our van broke down twice, my computer crashed, my oven broke, and every one of our goats became ill. Under previous circumstances, I would have been a wreck. What were those previous circumstances? It was when I use to walk in my own strength.
Instead what I felt this past week was peace, perfect peace. You see, I have given myself up to Him. I am no longer my own. I am His Bondservant and ask Him to walk through me by His Spirit. My eyes are His slaves looking for the motion of His Hand to do His will. So if all these things break down, I look to my LORD for His direction. I don't own any of this. Not even my own body. I have learned to "gird my loins with strength" each and every morning. Each day, Jesus said, "will have enough trouble of its own." So I want to be ready for the trouble of the day. How do I do that? I sit with my King each morning before I serve Him.
"Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with Truth.…

If You Can't Get Up Early For Morning Quiet Time...

Dear Orlena & Sisters,
You wrote ~ I have been struggling with getting up before 9! I do not sleep well at night - dreams,nursing baby etc...~
Oh, Orlena, this was me! When I made my promise to God to get up early and seek Him, I had a three week old baby and three other young children. (Two that I was homeschooling.) I was on a two hour nursing schedule that kept me up most of the night. But I had made a promise. So I got up. And I got up. And I got up. (Believe me, I use to sleep in like you wouldn't believe. Often my children were up before me.) Six years later, I am still getting up.
Now I see such fruition in getting up before dawn, as taught in Proverbs 31. My home is richer for it. I hunger for His Word and thirst to get alone with Him each morning. He is the Bread of Life, and I have learned that "man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God." This is true living! And I can absorb His Word in the stillness of the mo…

Part 2- Getting out of debt FULL POST

Dear Sisters,
I have received so many letters since I wrote about my parent's finances a few weeks ago. I have been praying for years that my brothers and sisters in Christ would get out of debt. Debt is slavery. It forces us to live in a way that is not good for us. The Bible is full of admonition about not getting into debt and about getting out of it.
"Give everyone what you owe him: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue." Romans 13:7
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:7
All the letters that I received wanted to pay back their debt. I am so glad. How the LORD will honor this obedience to His Word. It will not be easy, but so profitable later on. I am going to share with you the "nuts and bolts" of how I helped my parents pay back their debt and put money into their savings, as so many of you have asked me to. It is my heart…

Grandmothers scrapbook

Dear Sisters,
My mother unearthed my great grandmother's scrapbook today. It is an old green, tattered, travel book that she pasted some of her favorite sayings, poems, a little, handmade valentine from my grandfather to her, and other odds and ends. Of course, it was a treasure for me to read. Most all of the pasted entries are from the newspaper or a magazine, so everything is yellowed with age. As I looked at the dates, I found that the oldest was 1935. It was interesting to see what women read at that time and how it must have affected their way of thinking. I thought you might also like to see what my great grandmother considered valuable, so much so that she pasted it into this old travel journal to keep for herself, her daughter, her granddaughter, her great granddaughter, and now her great, great granddaughter, my Abbie.
Here are some of my great grandmother's treasures for you:
The Happiest Time of A Woman's Life
by Frances H. Lee
What' s the happiest time of …