A lovely Friday afternoon to you! The day is slipping by, and I almost forgot to drop in here to share a bit from Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot with you. We have big plans this weekend. My son is officially graduating from our home school, and we have lots of cleaning and prep work to do. I’ve been working on Etsy orders and finishing up our school work as well. But at least dinner is in the crock pot…that is definitely a win for me!
However busy I am, I am glad to drop in to share a bit about God’s goodness and His calling for us as women. If we are a woman, we are called to a busy life full of serving God and others. We are called to nurture others and lift them up. It doesn’t matter if we are married or single, the calling of womanhood is imparted to all of us. Elisabeth touches on this in her short chapter 11. Even if we are married, we must one day individually answer to Him.
Sometimes we must be separated from our husbands for a time. And despite our longing to be with them, it would do us well if we would live each and every day to the best of our ability.
Elisabeth writes, “This is the call. This is the order of our lives. There is nothing haphazard about them. We can commit them to God, and accept them from Him.”
As ladies, we are called to self-discipline and order. This holds true for all of God’s children, but I’d like to speak just to the ladies here. Sometimes we live with no real order in our lives, don’t we? I know as a young woman I sometimes did. I didn’t keep my house as I should and I sometimes let my emotions get the best of me. The Lord has taught me so much as I’ve grown in my walk with Him.
Elisabeth writes, “We are the creatures of a great master Designer, and His ordering of our lives is sure and certain, yet many people live without any visible order or peace or serenity. The way we live ought to manifest the truth of what we believe. A messy life speaks of a messy – an incoherent – faith.”
Ouch! Elisabeth’s words sting, and yet, I do believe there is some truth to them. Of course, there are some messy and hard times in our lives when we will be less than orderly. But overall, our lives should in a way mirror God’s order.
I know that when my life becomes disordered, that it is time to reevaluate some things. Perhaps I have too much on my plate. Usually a disordered life is a symptom of trying to do too much.
Elisabeth writes, “The way you keep your house, the way you organize your time, the care you take in your personal appearance, the things you spend your money on all speak loudly about what you believe. ‘The beauty of Thy peace’ shines forth in an ordered life. A disordered life speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.”
Let’s take these words to heart. I’m going to try my best to seek ways to bring more order to my home and life. Which of course, starts with a close relationship with the Lord.
Now I must be off to continue my tasks for the day. So much is going on around here. At least it’s just for a day. I’m thankful that the Sabbath is tomorrow.
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