Friday, November 21, 2014

The Way Home

"As Christian mothers, our goal should be nothing less than to produce wise children who are self-motivated to do good and shun evil. We are not striving for children who are merely educated and skilled, but children whose loving behavior proceeds from a godly heart."

~Mary Pride, The Way Home 
(All words in quotations in this post are from her)

Recently, I have finished reading "The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality" by Mary Pride. What a fantastic book! It is full of truth! There is no sugar-coating of anything in this book. Many would probably read it and find many things offensive because we have gotten to a place so far (much too far) from biblical homemaking. 

"Firmly and lovingly, parents need to take back the care of our little plants. Mother needs to be home so her children can be home. Then, when they are ready to leave the greenhouse, they will be mature. They will be really independent. They will have strong characters formed by saturation in God's Word and the sight of it in your life. You will have given them roots and wings!"

Being at home is not always peaches and cream. Training up children is *not* easy. Managing your household can be a lot of, organizing, meal planning, cooking, baking, running errands, paying bills, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, changing diapers, settling disagreements, mending boo-boos, giving baths and so much more! You are a working part of society...building up, training and preparing your family for Godly behavior as they mature. It is absolutely *the* most important job there far. The influence mothers have on their children is of the utmost importance. 

We are homeworkers (which is what Pride calls it in her book). We are to serve, as Christ served. It's's humbling but it is what we were made for. 

"Homeworking is more than a dirty chore. It is a ministry. Humble, yes. But she who humbles herself will be exalted."

"God intended women to spend their whole lives serving other people. Young women serve their children, their mothers, their husbands and the community at large. Older women train and assist the younger women, and in some cases become church helpers. Women are not called to pursue motherhood for five years, get a career, and thereafter live for themselves. We are responsible for keeping society healthy and human. And for this, we get respect.
Charity at home?
What an opportunity!
What a ministry!

"Be a homeworker. Work to build up your husband, and help him attain an elder's qualities. Exercise hospitality. Serve people in your home. Be creative. Worship and praise the Lord, first with your family, then with others the Lord will bring."

"Seek further knowledge and the example of older women who have successfully raised Godly children. Become the kind of woman who is now more rare than diamonds, and who has always been more precious than rubies (Prov. 31:10)."

I highly recommend this book for all women....whether single, married, with children or without. There is absolutely tons of wisdom to be gleaned! You can purchase a copy here: The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality (affiliate link to amazon).

If you have read this book, I would love to hear what you think about it!!!
Thanks so much for coming by and visiting me here today!
I hope your weekend is a good one!


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  1. Hello Katy I read that book, maybe 28 years ago, she has another one called All The Way Home also! It made an impact on me; I smiled when I saw the Book on your blog ;o)
    Watch the mail...
    Hugs, Roxy

  2. Dear Katy ~ It truly is a high calling to be a mother in the home...what a privilege and blessing from the hand of our loving Heavenly Father! May the Lord give us all grace and strength to follow Him faithfully in this weighty task of raising up the next generation for Him. Many Hugs, Camille

  3. I just purchased this book for my Kindle (although I am guessing I will be buying it at some point in print form since I do like to highlight and write notes, etc). Thank you for the recommendation...I cannot wait to begin reading it! Have a great day! Sincerely, Gretchen

  4. Katy, I have this book on my shelf and it is on my to-read list but this post has inspired me to push it ahead of others! It sounds very inspiring! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

  5. Dearest Katy, such an amazingly upbuilding, encouraging & full of love post. I had forgotten God told me my ministry begins at home....the last couple weeks have looked at my role as a chore again :( ....until I read this post. An Angel sent by God at the perfect time wooooohoooo, joy is back :) :). I should recieve the book in a few days time....what an amazing xmas pressie from the Father. Xxxoo


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