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Choosing to Prioritize our Husbands

Making Active Choices About our Marriage

Women make choices every day. We choose what to make for dinner, what clothes to dress the children in, what tasks on the do-do list will be completed and what we will prioritize as important on any given day. Some choices are easy and others are more difficult. Some are made for us by happenstance while others are deliberate and with consideration. When we made the choice to become brides, we made a deliberate choice to marry a man.

Choices about Marriage

Then we set off in life and many of the choices we make there after fall into the happenstance category. Over time and after children, our decisions become less and less deliberate and more and more rote, when it comes to the day in and day out of taking care of the home and family. Over time, sadly, our marriage can begin to take a back seat to our children. Choosing to prioritize our marriage must be an active choice. We must not allow Satan to have a stronghold but rather we must allow our husbands to be our heads, and lead and guide us and we, as wives should love them submissively. Recently Melissa from Maidservants of Christ came face to face with the reality of making active decisions about her marriage. Below is a snippet of her article, be sure to click through to see more and read her entire article.

Prioritizing Husband

What’s Best For Him

Written by Melissa from Maidservants of Christ

I love my husband desperately.  This became clearer than ever when he made a recent business trip overseas. Finding out that six days was going to turn into ten, I cried bitter tears.  It was foolish, but I couldn’t help it.  I need him that much.  The days leading up to his return found me thinking of what I could do to make his homecoming great. Cleaning my bedroom was a monumental task. (Ask Helene; she helped). I made sure the sweet tea had the massive amount of sugar he loves.  When he finally arrived at eleven at night, I went to the car to greet him in the subfreezing temperatures.  I love my husband, and I wanted home to be a place of peace and happiness for him.

Then I realized something. My goal should be a peaceful and happy home for him every day, not just when he’s gone.  Not only that, but there are more things…- See more at: Maidservants of Christ

Melissa lives in Tennessee and is the mother of 3 children. She and her co-blogger Helene blog regularly at Maidservants of Christ. Their goal is to speak the truth in love to those who read their blog. They aren’t afraid to tackle the tough stuff but do so with compassion and love. While your visiting be sure to subscribe to get all of their great articles right in your inbox.

 

~This article written by team member Renee Brown
 

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Serving Even When We Don’t Like It

To Obey is Better than Sacrifice

Service in the Church

How often do we choose which service we want to be involved in? We claim our gift lies in certain areas therefore we don’t have to help in other areas. But is that true? Or is that a selfish way of interpreting scripture? Consider this:

1 Samuel 15:22,23

“So Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.” “

This is what the Lord through Samuel said to King Saul following his outright disobedience to God’s command. You see, Saul thought that he knew what was better than God regarding the destruction of the Amalekites. He thought he could save the good animals and King Agag. He said it was to offer sacrifice to God. But Samuel explained that to obey is better than sacrifice.

Perhaps you don’t see the connection. Maybe your thinking, ‘What does my sacrifice have to do with serving?’ Serving when we don’t want to, or don’t like to, or don’t agree with decisions, is a sacrifice on our part. It requires sacrificing our own desires, wants and opinions for the purpose of being obedient. You see God desires that we be obedient to Him. He wants us to follow the leaders that He has placed over us, whether it be our elders, deacons or for wives, husbands. If we choose to not be obedient we are choosing to lay aside our sacrifice in exchange for our selfish desires. 

But does God even want our sacrifice in the New Testament church that He established? The answer to that is yes. 

Romans 12:1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

So it’s easier said, than done, isn’t it? Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, giving up oneself for the greater good of others, or even because we are asked to by those in authority over us isn’t always easy, but if we want hearts that are obedient to God we will do just that.

Melissa from Maidservants of Christ tells about one of those times. Please click See More to read the entire article.

The Other Side of Service

written by Melissa at Maidservants of Christ

I loathe Vacation Bible School.  I have lots of reasons, some valid, some trivial.  I think it is a relic of a bygone era that doesn’t meet the evangelistic needs of the Church today.  I think cookies and Kool-aid at eight in the evening is a really bad idea, especially since many kids are already up past their bedtime.  Loud silly songs grate on my nerves and don’t seem to serve any educational purpose.  If I had my way, we would find some other way to reach the children in our neighborhoods for Christ.  So last year, I helped prepare for VBS and taught one of the classes.

Service

Yes, I cheerfully got involved in an effort I don’t really believe in.  Why?  Because the leadership in my congregation had decided that VBS was worth doing, and the organizers needed help.  Sometimes being a servant means doing what you are asked to do whether you want to do it or not.

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If we fail to lay aside our selves, we are choosing to be disobedient to God. Yes, there are some who have specific gifts such as teaching, or encouraging, but that doesn’t mean we can stop serving simply because we don’t have a talent. Rather, we must use the talents we do have for the encouragement of the entire body. We must serve even when the service isn’t what we want to do. Why? Because God desires your obedience and in doing so, you present your sacrifice to the Father. 

Melissa lives in Tennessee and is the mother of 3 children. She and her co-blogger Helene blog regularly at Maidservants of Christ. Their goal is to speak the truth in love to those who read their blog. They aren’t afraid to tackle the tough stuff but do so with compassion and love. While your visiting be sure to hit the subscribe button to get encouragement directly in your inbox.

~This article written by team member Renee Brown.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Christian, Encouragement, Faithfulness, Service

 

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In the Sowers Spotlight: Maidservants of Christ

Sending forth Christ’s Message of Unity

In our current spotlight we are featuring Maidservants of Christ.

Blogging about God's Truth

This blog is a collaborative blog by two friends Helene and Melissa. They met when Melissa started dating the best friend of Helene’s husband, she eventually married him.

Melissa now lives in Tennessee and is the mother of 3 children. Helene lives with her husband and 2 children, whom she is homeschooling, in Asia where they teach English as a second language.

While these sisters in the Lord live on opposite sides of the planet they are working collaboratively, along with occasional input from another friend, Jane, to bring focus on unity in Christ. They seek to encourage women in the word. They seek to be examples to other women that God’s desire is for us to be one in Christ and not divided by petty differences. Their goal is to provide a safe place on the web where women can discuss the truth of the word regardless of spiritual backgrounds so that they can turn the focus to Christ and his word.

Philippians 4:2-3 (NKJV)

 “I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And  I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Just as the Apostle Paul encouraged these women from the congregation at Philippi, so too does Helene and Melissa seek to tell the truth with no sugar-coating, but in much love for souls.

Women's Blog for God's Truth

It isn’t always easy to reach out to others. It isn’t always easy to speak truth even when the truth leads souls to heaven. In a world where so many people deem that they have the right to seek their “own” truth opening the word in such a public was as a blog c

an be very uncomfortable. Yet that is the very goal of these sisters who are dedicated to honestly sharing the word, revealing Christs forgiveness of their own sin, and the promise the He has given through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Crown-of-Thorns

How can you help?

  • Visit Melissa, Helene and Jane on their blog, Maidservants of Christ, and join in the conversation on their regular posts.
  • Pray for each of them in the work they are doing with their families and on each side of the world in the communities in which they live.
  • Pray for the work they are doing to seek and save the lost souls who may happen to land on their web page, or those who also are regular followers.
  • Pray for their courage to be strengthened and that they will speak with all boldness of spirit, knowing that they are seeking a greater good for the lives of their readers.

Acts 4:31

“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
~ This post written by Team Member Renee Brown
**Photos are not actual representation of the two bloggers mentioned in the article.
 

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