Friday, July 11, 2008

It is truly amazing how much time flies by when you are living out of a suitcase. It is not amazing how wrinkly your clothes become.
One of the many things I am doing to get more prepared for our impending flight (please, Lord ... any day now) is skimming the myriad of novels I thought I *had* to take with me. As a self-professed bibliophile, leaving just one book behind has the potential to completely ruin my next two plus years. I mean, what if the exact piece of information, inspiration or wisdom is in a book I left behind? As Kerrie says, "oh my stars!".

so ... this morning I skimmed through Sheri Rose Shepherd's Preparing Him for the Other Woman and decided it was a must-take. Good thing it is relatively smallish.
Then I began skimming John Macarthur's The Fulfilled Family. This is what touched me

"(Paul)...acknowledged the power of (a mother's) role in the home, saying, 'Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control' 1 Timothy 2:11-15. He obviously could not have meant that childbirth is the way of spiritual salvation or redemption from sin for women. That would violate the clear biblical truth that we are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). What Paul meant is that women are saved from insignificance and frustration by their role in the home and the family. God has given them powerful influence that equals and in many ways exceeds the impact of the husband's headship".

yah, baby, yah!

I may put upon myself confusion, frustration and even disillusionment over many things in my life but the one thing I know for certain, besides my salvation, is that I have never regretted one minute spent at home. I love how John Macarthur interprets that section of scripture ... that I am saved from INSIGNIFICANCE and FRUSTRATION through my role of wife and mom. We aren't talking about switching to megalomania or fits of grandeur, but the simple and sure realization that in doing those seemingly small tasks on a regular, daily basis, and finding true joy in the process, we are doing exactly what we were meant to do ... and nothing else has to matter.

and I pondered that at home


Barbara said...

Hurray hurray for that! How excellent. A little stone, a little mortar. A little seed, a little water. God wastes no time and makes no mistakes. This is so good to remember. Thank you for mentioning that. Also, I saw a comment on someone else's blog where a lady made mention of Tender Merices for Mothers or whatever that book was that you had a million years ago. Remember the part about the cup being filled with water and splashing out all over... Remember Randy asking us if we were getting anyone wet? yup. I might want to pick that one up again.

Love you still

Anonymous said...

A good reminder Kristina :) thanks. That book about the other woman looks interesting too.

Joyce said...

I found you via the Altered Book Assoc you are in... but lost the initials in my head. ;)

I love this post and your quote and commentary on Paul's thoughts. I needed that today!

I think I need to look for that book you mentioned Preparing Him for The Other Woman. Super title!

I have only done a few altered things but have dreams and hopes to jump in deeper. So thrilled to find a fellow sister & hs mom in the list!! :) I will keep you on my blog list if you don't mind.

Quite interested in your time in PNG.