Hello friends! I recently finished a couple books and really wanted to share them with you. They are full of great wisdom and truth! I am totally sharing these from my own desire to....this isn't any sort of sponsored post or anything! :)
"Wives, in light of the Lord's instruction to us, we have to ask ourselves the hard questions on a regular basis: Do I care for my home in a way that helps my husband or serves me? Do I manage my time in a manner that assists my husband or serves my own agenda? Does the way I serve others support my husband or promote me? Do I ask for my husband's input before committing myself to a plan? Am I oriented to him and the work to which God has called him? We honor the Lord when we minister to our husbands in ways that enhance our God-given roles as companions and helpers."
Biblical Womanhood in the Home is edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth (although it was made before she was married). It has contributions written in it by her, Susan Hunt, Mary A. Kassian, Carolyn Mahaney, Barbara Hughes, P.Bunny Wilson, and Dorothy Patterson.
It is such a great book and ranks right up there with "Homemaking" by J.R. Miller and "The Excellent Wife" by Martha Peace! It covers having a biblical view of femininity and beauty, being a woman used by God, a wife's responsibilities, the joy of submission, raising feminine daughters, and older women mentoring younger women (and MORE)! It is definitely not a *dry* read...especially if your heart yearns to glorify the Lord in all you do! :)
"God is glorified through thankful, trusting, obedient, compassionate, serving, virtuous, joyful, feminine women who reflect to our world the heart and character of the Lord Jesus Himself. As we are filled with His Spirit, we radiate His beauty and make the Gospel believable."
~Nancy Leigh Demoss
Sometimes, I can get caught up in my appearance (especially as I battle my weight) and wanting to be beautiful...but really...where is my mind focusing then? (which is why I read the second book that I will share in a bit). I think women have the tendency to focus on *self* so much...with a lot of focus being on outward beauty.
"Do our thoughts and actions regarding our appearance reflect a cultural standard or a biblical standard?....God exposes our pursuit of the perfect figure and beauty to be idolatrous...Nowhere in the Bible are women instructed to wish for, ask for, or strive for physical beauty....our beauty 'should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight'....Our culture defines beauty by how we look on the outside. God defines beauty by what we are like on the inside."
You can find this book for *great* prices at amazon: HERE (It is there for .01 cents...plus 3.99 shipping!) That is not an affiliate link or anything...just a link so you can find the book quickly if you are interested in it! I have so many things underlined, highlighted and circled in this book! One more quote before I talk about the other book I want to share.
"The redeemed helper will be a woman of prayer....The redeemed helper whose convenant sensibilities have been honed understands the importance of the virtue of domesticity [a devotion to home life] and the ministry of hospitality...The redeemed helper is not inward-focused....She knows that submission has nothing to do with status. Submission has to do with function. It is the way God has ordered life in the kingdom, and it is good because He is good."
The second book I want to share is a short, little book by Tim Keller. It's called: "The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness". It has less than 50 pages. It is worth the quick read (and maybe re-read!). I struggle because I don't want to be selfish. I want to be *selfless*...but the more I focus on trying to BE selfless...I end up still focusing on *self*! Ack! It's like an unending, circular struggle! It drives me crazy! I cry out to the Lord in prayer. I am thankful for His Word and also this little book which just gave me some extra things to focus on...to keep my mind *off* myself! Quotes below are from Tim Keller...author of the book. Any emphasis given is mine. :)
"True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. The freedom of self-forgetfulness. The blessed rest that only self-forgetfulness brings."
"This is gospel-humility, blessed self-forgetfulness. Not thinking more of myself as in modern cultures, or less of myself as in traditional cultures. Simply thinking of myself less."
"A truly gospel-humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a gospel-humble person. The truly gospel-humble person is a self-forgetful person whose ego is just like his or her toes. It just works. It does not draw attention to itself. The toes just work; the ego just works. Neither draws attention to itself."
You can find this book HERE. It's a quick and easy read and really points you to Christ and serving others and away from self! :) If you read it (or Biblical Womanhood in the Home)...I would love to hear your thoughts on it! If you are looking for good, quality, gospel-centered books...these are for you! Biblically and wisely they point you to Christ and how to reflect Him in our lives! :o)
Thanks for stopping by today friends! Have a great week!
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