Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

From Weeping to Joy

“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2

God is so good and His mercy endures forever. Women, we are creatures of emotion. We all know it to be true, especially during times of hormonal imbalance, right? I am the worst when it comes to P.M.S. and letting my emotions get the better of me. We can be so sensitive and our moods can fluctuate so rapidly that our husbands sometimes don’t even have the ability to keep up. I know that it is hard to dwell in joy. We have all the struggles that anyone else does.

We have had problems with finances, infertility, health and much more. I will be perfectly honest with you; sometimes it is not easy for me to be joyful. My emotions take over and I’m swept over by waves of sadness and grief. I have a need to cry sometimes or to go for a long, hot bath and just listen to my Savior comfort me. Life is not easy and I want to make it clear that there are times for tears. There will be a time for mourning and weeping. There will be times when it is right to grieve.

We will lose loved ones, experience sickness, be hurt by unbelievers and sometimes fellow believers—it is right and appropriate to feel sad and express sadness when there is loss, pain or suffering. What we must remember, however, is that the Lord’s joy and mercies are new every morning. There will be a time for tears, but there will also be a time for the tears to give way to smiles. There will be a time for mourning, but there will also be a time for the mourning to turn to dancing. There will be a time for grief, but there will be a time when the grief is covered with joy. As Christians, we know these trials are but for a short time and then we will see the glory of the Lord. In Revelations we see that God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and we will spend eternity praising Him for He is so worthy.

Return to joy, dear ones, and do not let yourself dwell in sadness, but in the peace of the Lord. Cry when you need to, but live in joy. Do not let sadness and discontent rule you, but let the Lord fill you with the precious hope He has for you. Do not be chained down by discontent, but allow the Lord God of Israel to be your fullness and your portion. Do not fret and worry, but rejoice knowing in full assurance that the God of all Creation will meet your needs and bless you exceedingly with His love and mercy. There is much to rejoice about, so make a choice today that you will live out His joy in your heart, blessing your family, your husband, and your Maker.

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We Need Trials and Tribulation

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:1-5

Yes! I have a flat tire on my car. Yay! My house is infested with termites. Fantastic! I’ve just been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. Yippee! I am behind on my housework, late on a deadline and can’t cover all the bills this month. Thank You Lord for these trials.

I have always found this passage in Romans 5 to be very convicting and also challenging. Throughout my life it has seemed my family (both as a child and now my own family unit) have struggled with many trials. They come often and they come like an avalanche. They hit hard and they keep on hitting. Struggles with finance, health, family relationships and more have been numerous and often bringing an overload of strong emotions for an emotional lady like me. I can say with honesty that my emotional response to the trials that come is rarely joy and thanksgiving. I can truthfully say this is an area I’ve failed in time and time again. Yet, I know that the Lord would not have commanded me to do something that was beyond my capability.

Do you rejoice in trials? Do you thank the Lord for hardships and pain? Romans 5 tells us that we should in fact be grateful for those times when our faith is tested. The trials we face produce in us perseverance or patience. Without these trials its hard to grow in this area. How do you develop patience without have your patience tested? Have you ever met a person with very little patience for others? They snap when someone makes a mistake. Think of the mother in the grocery store with her toddler. When the kid messes around, like kids are prone to do, the mother has no patience to deal with the child in an appropriate way but rather screams at him, slaps him upside the back of the head and shoots others dirty looks for gawking at the scene she’s making. If there is one fruit of the Spirit we need as mothers, and wives, it’s patience! We need it to serve our families and our church family. We need it to serve the lost. I cry out for the Lord to give me patience, and to answer that prayer, He gives me a trial to test my patience. So we thank God that He is working.

Patience creates character. Think about the good and upstanding character of the Proverbs 31 woman. We love to look at her example. She has such an honorable character.  It takes patience for a woman to have that kind of character. You know these women when you meet them. They are prudent, wise and kind. They are slow to anger and quick to love. Patience brings about a beautiful and virtuous character in a woman of God; the kind of character that bring her husband and children to rise up and call her blessed.

Character produces hope and hope doesn’t disappoint. Hope. This small word means so much. You see, hope isn’t a flimsy wish or unreliable dream. Hope is so much more. Hope is a joyful expectation of the goodness to come. Hope is strong and steadfast. Hope is knowing that Christ is coming back. Hope is knowing that these trials are but for a moment, but eternity with God is our future. Hope trumps the pain and suffering we experience. We can get through the worst of trials if we are filled with the unwavering hope of Jesus Christ.

You see, we need hope because the trials aren’t likely to stop coming. The bills will come each month. The cars, like our own bodies, will break down and fail us. The kids will test us often. We know trials are coming. What we need to recognize is that for us to develop as God’s daughters we need trials. We need them so that we can grow in patience, character and glorious hope. While I may not feel now that I can rejoice in tribulations, I have the Holy Spirit within me and with God ALL things are possible. Amen!

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Rejoicing with Your Husband

“Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.”

Proverbs 5:18

With so many trials, tribulations, hardships and struggles coming in day after day, it can be so easy to get bogged down in stress and anxiety. We know the Lord has told us to trust in Him, to be anxious for nothing and to give Him our burdens, but these are not easy times to live in. I think about Paul when he was imprisoned and still wrote to believers encouraging them to rejoice in their afflictions. What faith! What joy! That kind of joy has nothing to do with our circumstances because it is entirely based on the power of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of Christ Jesus who bled and died on that cross for our sins. Amen!

Sisters, we as wives and mothers are very influential in setting the tone in our homes. It doesn’t matter what circumstances we are living through, nor what kind of husband we are married to, we have the strength and power through Christ Jesus to exude joy in even the worst of circumstances. We have the power to influence our husbands and children towards either stress and anxiety, or joy and peace by our own attitudes and hearts. If we are faithful to trust in the Lord during rough days and to really live out the joy of salvation in our homes, our children will follow. Our husbands will appreciate our good attitudes. Their hearts will be lightened by our smiles and ease. A joyful countenance is a mighty thing and we all have the ability to be joyful no matter what trials are at our doorsteps because of what Jesus did for us. Amen? He endured the cross, the humiliation, suffering and stripes so that we could spend eternity with Him in paradise! We have so much to rejoice about!!

So when the hubby comes home, even if the bills are stacking up and the children have been misbehaving and everything seems to be going wrong, let’s be the kind of wives that our husbands can rejoice with. Let’s fill our home with joy and peace and hope and know that God is in control!

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