Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"He Praiseth Her" ~ The Contented Homemaker

Family on the Farm by John Newton Howitt

She awakes from a dream and her bedroom comes into focus. She smiles because her home is a haven to her too. She doesn't wish for things she does not have, she is happy with what she does.

She takes care of the little trinkets, polishes the old furniture until it shines and mops the cracked tile floors until they sparkle. She hums as she cleans the bedrooms, prepares the simple meals and hangs out the laundry. She is satisfied with her portion which makes her a pleasant woman, wife and mother.

How happy the children are… For they know she always has plenty… plenty of love to share. She always has something tasty in the oven… tasty is what talks to those little souls. The children are learning much from dear mother.

How pleased she makes her husband... Any opportunity he can, he tries to bless her knowing how much she appreciates his humble efforts. He is a hard worker and he provides his best but times are tough...

She loves her family.

She loves her God.

She shows her love in her simple life of contentment.

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
~ Proverbs 31:28

"...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
~ Phillipians ~ 4:11b

"and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
~ Hebrews 13:5

"But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content."
~ 1 Timothy 6:8

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  1. This is way off topic, but I'd love your opinion. What kind of gifts would you recommend for a 4 yo girl? My 3rd child will be turning 4 in Nov. and we are just stumped at what to get her. We will be getting her an apron, a skirt, and would like to get her a toy of some sorts. But generally toys at walmart or target don't suffice since they either break easily or are just plain inappropriate for a little girl. She already has a few dolls and a play kitchen with accessories.

    1. I understand about the “toy” thing. We never bought into it since children lose interest so fast and the quality is very poor. We tried to do more “heirloom” type gifts or something to encourage learning or industry such as “potholder weaving kits”, nice hardcover books with handwritten message, nice paints and an artist quality paper set (Michael’s has all sorts of fun things!) historical costume/book sets such as pioneer books with bonnet, mini tea sets with a Christian themed tea party book for young ladies or since you are giving an apron, how about an inspirational cookbook? Also, a gift of an experience is worth so much. You can give her a memory of going somewhere together as a family… When our daughter was four, she loved horses (still does) so we got her a pink cowboy hat and went horseback-riding with a picnic.

      Hope this helps!

      P.S. Here is a link to a recommended booklist:

    2. 3 1/2 years later....just in case anybody reads this (and it would still be appropriate for this lady's now 7 year old):
      One of the best gifts we ever purchased was a set of 6 huge square "silks." We bought the jewel tone set, but pastel was available as well. These silks became capes, teepees, dresses, table cloths, dolly blanket, etc...whatever creative thought came to mind. They were expensive, but worth it. Looking back, I'm sure I could have accomplished the same thing for far less by buying fabric from Jo-ann while on sale or with big coupons

  2. This was a beautiful post. I love the art work. I would hang that in my house.

    Amy Jo

    1. Thank you Amy Jo, I love the artwork too! So reminiscent of days gone by...

  3. Such an encouraging, feel-good word of truth, for we DO feel affirmed by the Holy Spirit when we DO life with gratitude and humility! What blessed husbands we would all have if we would always heed this wonderful exhortation! I love the way you can 'nail' how a wise woman must be!
    Love you, JES! I pray for you often :) J

    1. Very true Jacqueline, this is also a reminder to ME! Thank you for sharing here today...

  4. Love the line, "She shows her love in her simple life of contentment"!

    1. Thank you for sharing here today Janet! Your encouragement is very appreciated :)

  5. This is such beautiful encouraging post, the image is truly heart warming.
    Hope you are having a lovely day.



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