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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Fulfilled and Fulfilling Wife and Mother Series

Part 1

Understanding the problem from God's point of view-

Psalm 128:3 says, "Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table."

There are several instances in the Bible that a picture of a vine is used to describe something or someone. In this case it is describing the woman of the house. Jesus also described Himself as the vine because the vine symbolized life, refreshment and ministry.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Likewise wives give life (through childbirth), refreshment (through our attitudes and homemaking), and minister in our homes.
In a godly family, a wife must be more concerned about being (her presence) than doing, more concerned about what she is than how she performs. Christian conduct is rooted in christian character. Without Christ within, we can't do a thing!

So to be a "vine" in our own homes, ladies, we must have the Vine in our hears! Without that relationship we can do nothing out of our own strengths!!

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

How are you going to give what you don't have? You can't! I know I personally don't wake up with all the patience, kindness, gentleness, discipline etc that I will need for the day. And God doesn't expect me to. That's why He gave us His Word and the Holy Spirit. So that everyday when my resources are depleted, I can drop to my knees and say "Lord, I need YOUR patience YOUR kindness YOUR gentleness to deal with these crazy boys!" Without Him, I am one crabby mama ;)

Lord, help me to remember to come to you my Vine and my Strength in times when I have none. Help me to remember that I can do NOTHING without You. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to lift me up when I need it.


Anonymous said...

So do you think taking care of a man is a woman's sole purpose? It just seems that from reading your post a woman doesn't contribute to anything but her home.

bboles said...

First, thank you for reading my blog! And second, goodness no! We are not their Mamas! It's actually quite the opposite. MEN are responsible for the well being of the household, while (I believe based on the Bible) that wives are their helpmeet. We are to support and lift them up, or encourage them. And I may be a stay at home mom (which I feel is my calling in life), I feel that I contribute out side of my home as well! I am involved in several ministries at our church as a teacher and helper. Women can be involved in all sorts of things outside the home, however; I DO feel that a woman's greatest and first ministry is in her home.I apologize if my post gave you the impression that women were created to "take care" of men", but I reread it and didn't get that "feel". God bless you and thanks again for following my blog!

7kidsandcounting said...

love this. can't say I am all that great at everyday, but I try. thanks for the post, I think that we all need reminded of this and you di a fantastic job at it :-)