Simple Living Newsletter #54

Holding Our Tongues

Hello friends, and welcome to this week’s newsletter. I hope that your home has abounded with blessings from the Lord! He is so good, and has been so kind to us all.

Today I would like to talk to you for a moment about the importance of holding our tongues. You would think that I would have learned how to do this well by now, but sometimes I just forget.  Or rather, I allow my flesh to take over instead of walking in the Spirit.

I’ve discovered that keeping my mouth shut when I am angry or frustrated is usually the way to go. Actually, it is always the best way! When I forget that God is fighting my battles for me I usually make a big mess with my words. While my intentions may be good, my words come across the wrong way.

Psalm 39:1-2 says, I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good.”

These verses have confirmed to me that sometimes it is best to not say anything at all. It may seem strange to refrain from saying even good things, but sometimes it is best.

I just recognized that I should have handled a conversation with a family member differently today, so this is fresh on my brain. Not that I said anything wrong per say, but I think quietness would have been better than giving my opinion. 

This is a hard topic to navigate. We need the Lord to show us the way, and to guide us most definitely!

Hopefully I will do a better job at being quiet instead of speaking next time.

Walking with the Lord is definitely a learning process, and I’m so thankful that He gives us the grace to learn and do better each day!

Surrendering to the Lordship of Christ

“Surrendering to the lordship of Christ is an individual matter. Surrender means breaking the husk of my stubborn independence to God. It is not having my own ideas, but absolute loyalty and obedience to Jesus. Very few of us know about loyalty for Christ’s sake. Not until I deliberately sign away my rights do I become a disciple of Jesus, following carefully and making Him the ruler of my life.

When Jesus is Lord of all, He gives a new dimension of love – sacrificial, agape love. The love of God is the highest and deepest love that can prevail. Therefore, when this love is present, husband and wife and family members will know a secure love, a love that is not swayed by circumstances. Since agape love is a selfless love, our love is rooted and settled there. God will also bless with “phileo” or physical love. Since many individuals and families allow self and “phileo” love to be their first concern, their love diminishes. When Christ is Lord, the godly love makes the difference. It is this agape love that enables individuals and couples to become more Christ-like because God is their foundation. If Jesus is Lord, then our life is disciplined, structured, and organized day by day as we press toward the goal of godliness, since becoming like Jesus is a process.

One husband said to his wife, “I could not love you half as much if I would not love Jesus most!” For the Christian wife who has surrendered everything to the lordship of Christ, there is no greater security than such a love.

“All, all, all” is so inclusive! According to Matthew 28:18-20, God gives all power to live victoriously to those who acknowledge their weakness. His strength knows no limit! He gives unbounded grace to all people when all things are obeyed. Only then can God’s presence and the unceasing fellowship of Christ, be ours always.”

-From A Woman by God’s Grace, pp. 36-37

Homestead Happenings

Hello friends, and welcome to my home this week. It has been a strange one, for sure.

After going through a time of really cold weather, our “county had a tornado warning yesterday! There were quite a few storms that rolled through, but thankfully I believe everything was fine in the end. We were safe and sound here.

I am starting to make a few tentative plans for spring. Last year, I felt like I almost did too much, and tried to learn too much. The Lord’s grace was sufficient, and I made it through. But I experienced worry, and not joy, in the process. This year I hope to be more mindful of the way I do things.

Hopefully we will be cleaning out a dense thicket of our woods soon close to our road. The large trees will stay, and hopefully we will plant azaleas underneath them. This should look much nicer than the thorns and vines that currently cover the area. I know now is the time to do it. It will be much easier before new growth takes hold in the spring.

I need to tarp our in ground garden area. This should have been done weeks ago! I have let it slip through the cracks, and hopefully I will get to it really soon. This should kill off any weeds that are currently growing, and will give us a nice fresh growing space for spring.

We have started back our regular school schedule. Everything is going smoothly, which is a wonderful blessing. It is so much fun to watch my children grow and learn new things. My kindergartener has grown leaps and bounds this year. I’m so glad that I get to be her teacher.

Well, I guess that’s about all that is going on around here, friends. It has been a nice and peaceful January around here so far. I hope all is going well for you, too!

Resources for Homemakers

13 Scriptures to Dedicate Your Day

The Beginner’s Guide to an Organized Home

Homemaking Skills for the Modern Housewife

25 Homemaking Skills You Should Know

Old Fashioned Homemaking Skills We Still Need

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