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Are You “Thirsty” to love Your Husband and Children

Dear Sisters,
Jen has asked me to post devotions, as I am able, on being the "Keeper of the Home". I was so pleased that she asked me to do this as I love the Word of God and I love encouraging women in the most important job in the world! Okay...I am a little biased. Smile. I thought I would start with the verse that this loop is based on: the beautiful verse that has inspired women down through the ages to do their best for Him in their homes.
"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." Titus 2:3-5
There is so much beauty in this verse. I have the privilege as an older woman to "train" the younger women. That word "train" actual…

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30~ We've never paid for a babysitter. I know that's hard to believe, but we never have. We've either swapped babysitting, had my folks babysit for special occasions, or we didn't go. We just couldn't afford babysitters and a night out on our tight budget. Our nights out were very modestly priced when we did go, which was rare, as I've mentioned before.
31~ We buy our clothes at thrift shops or garage sales, or on sale at the stores. We've never spent a lot on clothes.
32~ I've been the family photographer for years. I took photography in college. So our living room is adorned with shots of our kids as they grew up. In 24 years of marriage, we've only had our family picture taken professionally three times. Two of those times was by our church for the church directory, so we received a free 8 X 10 each time. I learned early on that I could save money by taking my own shots of my kids and having them enlarged. I then framed the shots from frames boug…

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13~ We don't have any cable, so we don't get much reception. But I figure we have saved approximately $6000 in the past 17 years living without cable. This helped pay off our house. Plus, I really don't think we missed anything. My uncle tapes us lots of old shows and movies, which have been so enjoyable.
14~ We also do not have internet access. Whenever we need to use the internet, I use it at the library for free. I keep a running list in my purse of any websites I want to check out. I figure we have saved approximately $2000 in the course of eight years of no internet service, which also was a big help in paying off our house.
15~ I try to keep us as healthy as possible by good food with quality ingredients.
"She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar."
This verse has so much wisdom socked into it. So I study health, nutrition, and herbs as much as I do stretching our finances. It has saved our teeth, since we don't have dental insurance…

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3~ Pay back all our debts. We paid more on the principal every month to get the house loan paid off quicker. This was our last debt. When we had a van payment, we paid it off in a year by paying more each month. My husband and I did not buy each other Christmas presents that year, our gift to each other was the last payment on the van. We find it better now to pay saved cash for a vehicle, which we did on our last vehicle, rather than a loan, if possible.
We also pay our taxes and have the money ready when it is required.
"Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes: if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:7-8
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
"The wicked borrows and does not repay. But the righteous shows mercy and gives." Psalm 37:21
So we p…

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Dear Sisters,
Hi! Yes, the house is really paid off. I received the deed from our bank a few days ago and posted it on the refrigerator with the words, "Paid In Full! Praise God!" It is such a miracle. I know many of you are struggling with tight finances. We have lived with tight finances all of our 24 years of marriage. My husband's take home pay is $29,000 a year with six people living in our household (and a lot of guests ~Smile~), yet for many years it was much less than that. We only live on his income. I know some of you live on even less. In our area of Southern California, our income is considered a low middle income wage. However, I feel so rich.
Over and over again the LORD has taught me so much that I would have never learned had our finances not been tight. And I wouldn't have been able to help other women as well. It has been my pleasure to encourage so many struggling in their finances, because I know that struggle. I also feel that the LORD is teachin…

Loving our Husbands in our Homes

Dear Homemakers of God,
"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." Titus 2:3-5
So nice to be with you all again in this beautiful, beautiful verse. We've been talking about loving our husbands. Today I'd like to talk about loving our husband in our home. Our home is our haven. No one can make a home "a home" like a woman can. She is the heart of the home as Psalms 128:3 says:
"Your wife shall be like the fruitful vine in the very heart of your house; your children like olive plants all around your table." This is the blessing of everyone who fears the LORD and walks in His ways. (128:1)
The wife is in the very heart of the house. H…

Through The Deepest Sorrow and Swirling Storm

Dear Sisters,
It has been a tough week. One of our favorite marriages has cancer. Each week that has passed in the last two months have revealed worsening and worsening conditions. But this week was the worse. The cancer is widespread now and threatening to shut down "the body." It has affected our family greatly because not only are these some of our closest friends, they are also our close family. We have prayed without ceasing. We have cried. We have pleaded. We have counseled. We have watched their children. We have even sent flowers. But one of the members of the body refuses treatment. So the cancer continues to spread at an alarming rate.
There were times when the phone rang that I just cried out to God for mercy as I answered it. Especially in the very early morning. For I knew then that it was not good news. And it usually wasn't.
Every day that things got worse, I thanked the LORD once again that He let me sit at His Feet and soak up His Word before hearing all…