Monday, August 17, 2009

New Thought for Home Keeper's Attitude

Last night, I was flipping through a book called, "She hath done what she could." A thought by the author inspired me to do some thinking along the same lines.

Do you recall that when the Lord commissioned Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and to the Promised Land, that Moses was not confident? His fear led him to make excuses to the Lord. Have you found that fear and excuses and inaction go together? I have found that to be true in my life. At any rate, God asked Moses a question:

Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?"Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?""A staff," he replied. The LORD said, "Throw it on the ground." Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.

The staff was the tool of Moses' current trade -- being a Shepherd. It was what Moses had in his hand when the Lord called Him to a new adventure. It was only a humble tool in Moses' hand, yet the Lord transformed it and gave it power.

Moses lacked confidence and made excuses because he was looking to himself and his own abilities. Yet the Lord made Moses and the Lord called Moses. Once Moses surrendered to the Lord in obedient trust, the Lord worked through Moses to bless an entire nation. Moses had but to offer up what was in his hands to the Lord, and the Lord could bring life to it.

So often, we keepers at home underestimate their power to impact others by living a life of faith in the Lord. At any moment, we might feel shy or tired or wonder if our life is counting for something. When we feel insecure today, God might say to us today, "Woman, what is that in your hand?" If we give him what is in our hands -- if we give him our entire self -- God can use us to help others in a powerful way.

We need the faith to believe that God will use our hands to bless many. Our hands and the tools in them are meant to be extended in love to our husbands, to our children, to our friends, to our neighbors, the poor, to the neglected, to the lonely, to the suffering, to those who are rejoicing, to those who are hurting and confused, to other young wives and mothers, to our parents -- to all kinds of people.

What is in you hands today? Could it be...

A Bible?
The hand of your husband?
A baby?
A toddler to rock?
A brush to neaten your sweet child's hair?
A shoulder for your teen to snuggle on?
A grand baby?
A parent's arm?
Car keys?
A cell phone?
A blackberry with lots of applications?
A soothing salve to rub on someone's wound?
A cooking spoon?
A mixing bowl?
Children's Bible storybooks?
A tissue to dry someone's tears?
A bouquet of flowers?
Tomatoes or squash from a garden?
A gift for a teacher?
A broom or mop?
A dust cloth?
A bottle of perfume?
A needle and thread?
An iron?
Laundry detergent?
Clean sheets for your family members' rooms?
Clean sheets for the guest room?
The trembling fingers of an elderly neighbor?
Baby clothes to give to a new mother?
A challenging, but helpful book?
A pair of walking shoes to slip on?
A cook book?
A pair of scissors?
Artist's paints?
Wall paint?
A slip from a favorite flowering plant?
A garden trowel?
Loose change found when cleaning up?
Your weekly food budget money?
A list of Bible verses to memorize?
Paper and pen?
A computer keyboard?
An MP3 player?
A Wii control?
A memory stick?
A scrap book?
Photos that can be shared?
A bit of lace?
The ties of your apron?
A candle and a match?
A list of people in a nursing home?
A list of people who are sick and shut-in?
A list of people who can be congratulated for some happy life event?
The address of a new mother?
A pitcher of iced water and a glass?
Invitations to a tea you are hostessing?
A pie crust?
A garden hose?
A rake?
A bag of groceries?
A skein of yarn?
A few yards of material?
A sentimental object?
An object that is out of place and needs a home?
A bag of items for a charity store?
A present for a bride-to-be?
An obituary?
A birth announcement?
The hand of someone who is in deep sorrow?
The hand of someone who is rejoicing?
A scrub brush?
A text book?
Paperwork?
Papers that need to be filed?
Tickets to the zoo?
A beach towel?
A freshly baked loaf of bread?
A jacket you no longer wear?
Clothing that needs mending?
Baby clothing or books to take to a hospital for mothers who cannot afford to buy these things.
Quilts or blankets for those who are sick?
Clothes to hang in your closet?
A warm scarf to wrap around a loved one's shoulders?
A car GPS?
A map?
A camera?
A basket?
A cloth grocery bag?
A book bag?
A grocery sack or plastic bag?
A pet leash?
A diaper?
A prayer list?
Bubble bath?
A note of apology?
A note of thanks?
A list of things to be thankful for?
A calendar?
A to do list?
Another person's precious baby, over whom you can silently pray?
A canning jar?
A journal?
A children's game?
A toy?
A potted plant?
A tablecloth?
A clothespin?
A dryer sheet?
A collander?
A rolling pin?
A cheese grater?
A huge pot of chili or soup?
A back rub to give to a husband or child?
A loving pat to bestow on a family member or friend?
A hug for someone who needs it?
A clap to show delight in someone?

What is in your hands today? Let God transform it into an object that yields blessing, love, and truth.

Happy Home Keeping
Elizabeth

Friday, August 14, 2009

Are you wondering where I've been?

When I started the home economics project, a) it was winter and 2) I didn't realize how busy I'd be during the summer. So, I've not gotten around to posting lately. Why don't we call it a summer break, and I'll "start school" again next week.

In the meantime, I'd love to know if anyone's finished their crochet project!

Happy Home Keeping!
Elizabeth