Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

A Perfect Helper

“And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help-meet for him.’ And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help-meet for him.”         Genesis 2:18-20

Now, I am the kind of woman who likes a good, old-fashioned inductive look at these passages. Getting back to the original language and all possible translations can often give us a better idea and a more complete picture of what the Lord is saying to us. After all, why does the King James Bible use the word “help-meet” in this passage to describe the woman He was about to fashion? One would think a more appropriate word would be “lover” or “dream girl” or something of that nature. Of course, God knew what He was doing and there is so much we learn simply from this very word. Let’s take a closer look.

The Hebrew word for “help-meet” is the word “`ezer”, which means a “help, an aide, a succor, or one who helps.” Basically God was saying that it was not good for man to be alone and that he needed a helper. Adam had everything good in the Garden of Eden. He basically had a sweet deal. Talk about the ultimate bachelor pad! He had the beautiful scenery, of which we cannot possibly imagine, freedom, the animals, no hard labor, no heavy responsibilities, no mortgage payments…are you starting to get the picture? Adam had it made. He was literally the master of all God had given unto his charge. So, why did he need a helper? Why did he need a wife?

We can’t assume to know the answer to that question. We do know that God said it was not good for man to be alone. Perhaps the man was lonely. We know that God intended all living things to be fruitful and multiply, and clearly a suitable partner was required for that act. Maybe God knew that Adam would never stop for directions if he didn’t have an efficient wife in the passenger seat! Regardless, God made Eve to be a helper, or help-meet, for her husband. Everything God makes is good, so it is good for man to have a wife. We can trust God’s plan. Many of the world’s finest Biblical teachers and shepherds will acknowledge the support of their wives, their helpers, as being crucial in their ministries.

Ladies, this may come as a shock to you because it’s not usually worded this bluntly in today’s society, but if you are married, then you were created for the primary purpose of being your husband’s helper. You were created to encourage him, build him up, help him accomplish the tasks God has given him, and to meet his needs. You are indeed your husband’s helper and it’s a beautiful calling to have upon your life.

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Prudent Wife

“House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.” Proverbs 19:14

The word “prudent” is the Hebrew word “sakal”, which means “to have understanding, comprehension, to full grasp something, to give insight and to cause to prosper.” It’s an interesting word that can be translated in several ways, but the ultimate view here is that a woman who has understanding, wisdom and insight is a gift from God.

You may be thinking, “I wish my husband would read this!” Well, that’s not really the point here of this scripture. We certainly don’t want to bang our husbands over the head with our Bibles and teach them that they should be grateful for having such wise and prudent wives, now should we? What we, as wives, can take from this verse is that we should desire to be prudent, wise, understanding and insightful wives for our husbands, which the Lord says will bless them, as well as our children. So what is the source of this prudence and how can we achieve it?
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

Here we learn a valuable “Do Not” in our quest to become prudent wives. The word “wise” in this proverb is the same as the word “prudent” above. Many wives think it is their duty to constantly give their input, lecture, seminar…whatever you want to call it…day by day to show their wisdom and prudence. Not so. He that refrains his lips is prudent, wise, insightful. In other words, a wise wife knows when to talk and when to bite her tongue. Amen?

“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

Here the word “wisely” is again that same word for prudent. How will I show prudence? I don’t need to speak a million words (which can sound like nagging and a dripping faucet) to show that I am wise. I will show it in my home, in my day to day activities, in my perfect behavior. I will be an example in my home of understanding because a woman who understands fears the Lord and knows His great love and mercy, which empowers her to live according to His Word. In my home I will show prudence by serving my family, submitting to my husband, lovingly training my child/children, worshiping my Lord, praying, being hospitable, patient, kind and forgiving.

So remember sisters that actions speak louder than words. Stop talking about prudence and start living it out. I pray that someday I might be counted as a prudent wife and a gift from above to my family.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. My hope is that through it you will be encouraged in the things that the Lord has for us Christian women. We have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator of the Universe, and He has not made us without a purpose or calling. He has a plan for His daughters, and it is a beautiful, glorious plan. If you are a married believer, your calling is to be your husband’s most perfect helpmeet and the keeper of his home. This blog will be an encouragement to all of us as we strive to love our families and serve them as God wants us to. I also will be bringing you along my journey to publish the book I have written about this very topic. Praying for the Lord’s will to be done and so excited that you are coming along with me! Bless you!

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