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MVW - Modern Version for Women

The modern version for women is making headways!  Women are scarfing it up like chocolate dipped strawberries!  Come one, come all to read the Bible of no offense! 1 Timothy 5:14 MVW I will therefore that the younger women marry  just live together, bear children , take birth control and avoid children at all costs, guide the house  get a job and hire a maid, give none  GIVE occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully . Titus 2:3-5 MVW The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness  like Hollywood, not false accusers, not  given to much wine, teachers of good  worldly things; That they may teach the young women to be sober  in charge, to love their husbands  men, to love their children  the fact that they have a life and don't need the burden of children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  Whew, who could handle that last part? Here at MVW we eliminate any

That the Word of God Be Not Blasphemed

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The above title comes from the following passage of scripture: The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed . ~ Titus 2:3-5 Just what exactly does "that the word of God be not blasphemed" mean? I was reading Clarke's commentary on this passage this morning and had to share: The enemies of the Gospel are quick-eyed to spy out imperfections in its professors; and, if they find women professing Christianity living an irregular life, they will not fail to decry the Christian doctrine on this account: “Behold your boasted religion! it professes to reform all things, and its very professors are no better than others! Our heathenism is as good as your Christianity.”

Mailbag: Keeping the Home

I deleted my commentary in response to some of the rebuttal I get on here about homekeeping, I'm just going to let these quotes say it all: The following quote flowed from a paragraph showing the position commonly held in early New England that, “no repectable person questioned that a woman’s place was in the home. . .” “. . . However, this view went beyond the Puritans and was the perspective of all branches of the church and a central aspect of Western Christian culture. For example, Lenski, the eminent Lutheran commentator, stated that the phrase ‘keepers at home’ indicates domestic responsibility and that the home is the place of a married woman’s work; she is a ‘housekeeper’ who dispenses ‘all good things in this domain.’ “ Her role is so vital to the well-being of her husband and children, her responsibilities in keeping the home so demanding, that it would not be possible to properly fulfill them unless she devotes herself entirely to them . She cannot do what God has ca

Training Children - Purity

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. ~Titus 1:15 We set certain rules and standards for our family to protect our child from certain things.  Children are naive, innocent (as far as understanding goes) and curious.  As parents, we MUST set guidelines and teach our children what is pure, holy and private.  You shouldn't subject your children to improper influences just as much as you yourself shouldn't be yoked together with unbelievers.  Children need parents that are protectors!  They need someone to watch out for them, caution them and guard them from what they may not know or understand.  It is our job as parents to train them in these things. A child should be taught at an early age about purity.  I highly recommend the Mennonite publication on " Purity in the Christian Home ".  It is a great booklet, backed by Biblical scriptures to help you in teach

Budgeting 101 - Necessities

In my budget , you may have noticed that we budget for groceries and then what we call "necessities". You may be wondering what all that entails and I hope to answer that in this post. We are pretty minimal from what we used to be a few years ago when I 'had to have' all different kinds of perfume, hair products, face items, etc. However, I learned I don't need all that and I'm quite content with just the basics. Our necessities budget is separate from our grocery budget. Meaning, when I spend $120 a month on groceries that is JUST food, not necessity items. So what counts as a necessity for our family? Here is our list and we only buy as needed: Toilet paper Deodorant Shampoo & Conditioner Soap - for shower use and to make my liquid hand soap Toothpaste Toothbrush Breath mints Trash bags Aluminium foil, plastic wrap, ziploc bags Lysol Face lotion Contact solution Hair gel Body spray Dishwasher gel - sometimes I make my own Bakin

Satan's Comedy Hour

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Satan's Comedy Hour is when we........ give ourselves over to lust allow satan to win in our minds succumb to that besetting sin once again sell ourselves to addiction care not for our children or spouse join the worldly pursuits of fame and fortune are discontent open the door to temptation say "just this once won't hurt" question God's word doubt and thereby are faithless seek doctors healing potions instead of God's forsake assembling ourselves together  miss yet another day in God's word fill our day with other things and have not time for prayer trust our children to Godless teachers to have their minds molded gossip about our brother/sister develop cliques, excluding others  think we are all that and a bag of chips, a.k.a pride think we are worthy  think we are entitled and everyone owes us preach once saved always saved and no living the Word of God omit what doesn't suit us in God's word remind ourselves of the grea

The Hypersocialized Generation - Video

I just listened/watched this video by Albert Mohler about the hypersocialization of America in this generation.  It was so alarming and also raised many questions.  He mentions the NY Times report about how children ( and now even adults who are following the younger generations example ) are losing touch with reality, unable to communicate in person and multitasking to the point of mental decline.  They can't sit and be still anymore, quietness is scary to them they claim and they can't sit down and read a book even.  Dumb and dumber takes on a whole new meaning. He also touches on the increasing risks involved with Facebook.  Some Christian ministers have set the rule - don't friend anyone that you've ever kissed.  But he questions, if we have to place such rules as that on ourselves then the risks outweigh the benefits involved.   What do we put on the line, even in our own families; spouses and children - when we hypersocialize?  Are we letting in our very demis

Budgeting 101 - What is a Budget?

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Even if you have a very large income, budgeting is still important. If you have no budget you have no way of telling how much you spend on what. The easiest way to explain a budget to those who may not understand the concept, is to show you what a budget includes. It is basically a list of items and then you budget an amount for each for the month. I recommend Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" plan for getting out of debt - we followed it and it worked for us! You can buy the book online or at a bookstore or even Wal-Mart carries it. 1. Tithe & Offerings We tithe on our GROSS income (income before taxes are taken out) and ALL increase in our life - whether it is gifts from others or winning something, we give God His tithe. If you don't tithe then don't bother reading my financial posts because they won't apply to you. 10% of all your increase belongs to the Lord and you should also give in offerings because God blesses givers and those that obe

Who in the World Isn't on Facebook?

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CNN asks " Who in the World Isn't on Facebook? " and I reply, "My family and I and close friends".  The article I came across today was disheartening to me.  Not only because, I've watched others lose their morals on Facebook but also because 3 people we know left their spouse after entering the Facebook world.  Those things have only warned me of the dangers involved. Am I really that odd?  Am I so socially unacceptable to the majority that I'm some kind of kook for not being on Facebook?  Am I peculiar maybe?  Is that what I have to join to be accepted and liked by others?  Why are those without divided from those within?  Does it promote cliquish behavior?  Does it cause division?  Is it of the right spirit?  Is it expedient?  Can anyone ever set rules on what you shouldn't do on facebook? I came across and excellent on article on " Should Christians be on Facebook " by R.C. Sproul Jr.  He makes some very valid points and challenges

Feeding a Family of 3 on $120 a Month

If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you may remember the year that our family of 3 lived on just $80 a month .  I was able to pocket the rest and buy new furniture for my home with the savings!  It was WELL worth the sacrifice and the furniture has special worth to us because of the sacrifice.  People today have forgotten how to sacrifice.  They view sacrifice as the plague and couldn't imagine going without all their heart's desires - whether its weekly manicures, gyms or even daily coffees.  They think if you go without or budget you are somehow down on your luck or struggling to make it.  On the contrary my dear friend!  Continual sacrifice and discipline enables you to develop contenment, enjoy the simple things in life and defeat covetousness. I wanted to share with you our monthly grocery budget this month.  I budgeted for $120 for the month and was able to make it work this month and I have extra leftover for milk, bananas, etc.  I budgeted $80 for necess

Homemade Bread Crumbs; Unseasoned and Seasoned

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This is pretty complicated, so make sure you take notes - ok, being sarcastic here ladies hehe. ;-) Toast bread. Blend in blender. That's it!  For seasoned breadcrumbs - add seasonings with the bread and blend in blender.

I Am a Soldier in the Army of the Lord

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I am a soldier in the Army of my God. The lord Jesus Christ is my Commander-in Chief. My church leaders are my superior officers. The Holy Bible is my code of conduct. Faith, prayer, and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, Trained by experience, Tired by adversity And tested by fire. I am a volunteer in this Army, And I am enlisted for Eternity. I will either retire in this Army at the Rapture Or die doing my duty to this Army; But I will not get out, Sell out, Be talked out, Or pushed out By the grace of God, I am faithful, Reliable, Capable And dependable If my God commands me. I am there. If he needs me in the Sunday School, To teach the children, work with the youth,  Help adults Or just sit and learn, He can use me Because I am there! I am a Solider.  I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, Petted Primed up, Pumped up Picked up Or pepped up I am a Solider. No one has to phone me, Remind me, Write me, Visit me, Entice me, Or lure m

Guest Post: A Testimony on Simplicity

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I asked Candy to share her testimony because she has been used by God as an instrument in my life and hopefully others as well.  This testimony speaks volumes and I know other's hearts will be touched by her story. Bev has asked me if I could do a guest post for her about my husband and my life and our choosing to live simple. It is a pleasure to be able to share a little about how we came to live simple. Both myself and my husband grew up with frugal parents. My Dad was a pastor, so growing up he always taught us to be a giver. Whatever money he had, they lived simple and frugal, and gave and helped everyone. My husband's family are the most thrifty people you will ever meet. They save every penny and rarely spend. Both of our parents live modest and humble. Even so...  :)    A few years into our marriage, Rob and I started to get caught up a little in living like our friends. We started to feel like everything we had wasn't good enough . Our frien

Life Decisions - What Do You Value?

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Some value material goods - cars, houses and lands.  Others may value hobbies, spending time and money in whatever it may be.  Then others, value people and family. When you make major life decisions, such as marriage, children, buying a home and finances - you have to realize what you really value and want out of life and make sure your future spouse does too !  What brings you the most joy?  If a child doesn't bring you joy you are a mental nutcase LOL !   Ok , so I threw that one in there for all you child nazi's .  Do sticks of wood as big as you can get it bring you joy?  Or rather having others see you drive around in a fancy car give you what you need in the joy-filled department?  Is it the pitter -patter of little feet coming down the hall saying "mommy"?  Or how about your table filled with friends and laughter during the holidays? For us, we value family and people.  I used to want a big house, luxury car, latest, trendiest clothes and all that but I th

What Example Have We Given?

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I received a lot of comments in the past few weeks and some I'm sure were meant to mock women like me, but the sad thing is, they had some truth in them.  The comments ranged from attacks at homekeepers to attacks even more specifically (naming certain individuals) .  At first, I just mentally shoved the comments aside and got angry but then being truthful with myself - I had to admit they were so right.  I know several that just sit around, clean their house (maybe) , ship their kids off to school not even caring to help them with their homework, defrauding their own husbands, getting fat and spend their days on the internet or playing a game.  They give the homekeeper a bad rap and sadly its a majority instead of a minority that do this. What example have we given?  Why have some been so lazy doing their Godly role as a homekeeper as to bring a reproach?  I will tell these commentors (you know who you are ) that I apologize on behalf of these women and their lack of example.