Thursday, May 20, 2010
Lately, I've been pondering something rather interesting. If college were not an option, and young ladies were at home, what would be their role in the church? In other words, what would position would they play traditionally?
I had a few ideas about this...
One, that they would be helping their parents with little ones and housework and so on.
Two, that they'd be helping young mothers in the church, both during the services (like in nursery) and at other times during the week. This is actually something that is really lacking in our culture... My mother was blessed to live where there were young ladies willing to help her out after she had us older children. One of the young ladies told mama that she had kind of felt like, why does she need so much help? Until after she had children of her own. Then she understood. :)
Anyway, in our church there are many young mothers, and I'm sure they would all appreciate a young lady coming to help them... unfortunately, while I have been able to help some mothers, (like the one whose house I went to nearly daily for around a month) I can't help all of them as well as I'd like. And... sadly, most of the other young ladies are busy with college and their jobs and so forth. So there is definitely a lack of help in that area.
Three, I thought they'd be teaching younger girls what they've learned. (like Bright lights)
And, four, learning from the older women in the church.
Well, those are some of my thoughts... what do you all think? Any more things to add? Take away?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Just the fact that she is a Pastor's wife and mother of 8 children under 13 is enough to make me admire her! She is a very happy, friendly person who is easy to talk to and to like. Her love for the Lord and desire to serve Him are a real encouragement to me and I'm sure many others. She is also a great cook on top of all that. I really like her potato casserole, sloppy joes, and cheese bread. And the cookies. :) I also admire her hospitality and heart for families. And of course, there's so much more...
Yuko, as you may have guessed, is from Japan. I admire her for her adapting to America, for her enthusiasm, her hospitality, her amazing cooking (sushi [no raw fish], miso soup, and much more!) her creativity, economy (when they were first married, she lived on popcorn for most of the day and made a nicer meal for her husband! She also washed clothes in the sink) and also for honoring her husband, who isn't the easiest person to honor.
Well, there are many more ladies who have impacted me... perhaps I will do a part two sometime. :) But I wanted to get this up, since I actually wrote it last year. I know, terrible. :P
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Things I would do differently... I would use time more wisely. I spent a lot of time sort of wandering around or reading books that didn't really count for much, instead of helping out or reading good books or playing with my siblings or things of that sort. I would spend more time praying and reading my Bible. I would be more respectful to my parents and more helpful and kind to my siblings. :) Things like that.
"Little things have big results sometimes." Willie Without, Margaret Moore
To say something you (hopefully) already know again... God's ways definitely work. And the world's are very painful and don't work. Fairly simple...My cousins have been kind enough to demonstrate this very plainly to us. *sad smile* Even though it sometimes seems like it's harder to follow God's ways, in the long run, they are "easier".
I would encourage those who are still in their teens to use these years to the fullest for the glory of God... they are a blessing and an exciting time if used rightly! :D
Do Hard Things!