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Honorable, Wise, Kind, Busy and Praiseworthy...

Today’s pearls are found in verses 25, 26, 27 and 28…Honorable, Wise and Kind, Busy and Praiseworthy.

"Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Honorable…we aren’t wrapped up in the externals of life, but in dignity and strength. There is nothing shallow about our faith. It is genuine, sincere and it dominates our thinking, our living and our witness to others around us.

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Wise and Kind…this is a goal I know I strive for every day. To be able to open my mouth with only wisdom and kindness! How many times have we yelled at our children only to answer the phone in a sweet voice to strangers? I know I have!

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”

Busy…we don’t sit around watching TV all day. We’re constantly doing something, making sure our homes are in order, the laundry is not overflowing and there is food on the table.

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

Praiseworthy…what a benefit to being a virtuous woman when our husbands look at us and smile! You know they’re telling us how much they love and appreciate all we do for the family. When our children tell other people how we’ve helped them, they’re telling others of their love for us!

What wonderful pearls these are to strive for! Tomorrow’s pearls are Attains, Fear of the Lord and Fruit Bearing. We’re almost to the end, come back to find out how we can get our necklaces full with pearls!

Provider, Well-Dressed, Wife of a Good Husband and Good Business Woman...

Today’s pearls sound as if they’re quite challenging! Don’t worry; I’m sure most of you already have them! We are adding the following pearls to our strand…Provider, Well-Dressed, Wife of a Good Husband and Good Business Woman found in verses 21, 22, 23 and 24. Don’t forget the reason for this week’s devotional…our Revolution!

“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.”

Provider...I needed some help in understanding this verse. Of course we provide our husbands and children with clothing. But what does “clothed with scarlet mean?” The Proverbs 31 Woman made sure her family was clothed in colorful scarlet so if they got lost in the snow, they could easily be seen. Seeing how the majority of us are not outside during a blizzard, just how can we apply this pearl in the year 2009?

Today we can make sure we are ready for the storms of spiritual battles that arise in our lives. We can make sure our whole family is covered in the “scarlet” blood of Jesus. So when the Father looks at us He sees us through the blood of His Son, Jesus.

“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”

Well-Dressed…so we all can’t sew, BUT do we have on the Shield of Faith? Are we wearing our Robes of Righteousness? Do we pray for our husbands daily?

“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.”

Wife of a Good Husband…we shouldn’t be afraid of a little submission because we know that God will reward us with blessings only HE can bestow upon us. We need to let our husbands have their rightful place of honor as the head of our household. Let others see us give him the respect he deserves…especially our children.

“She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”

Good Business Woman…again, we’re not only good with the household finances but we know how to stretch every dollar either by clipping coupons, shopping in bulk or working from home part time.

We’re almost done! Tomorrow’s pearls…Honorable, Wise and Kind, Busy and Praiseworthy.

Strength, Endurance, Well-Rounded, Charitable...

Today’s pearls are found in Proverbs 17, 18, 19 and 20…Strength, Endurance, Well-Rounded and Charitable.

“She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.”

Strength…not only are our physical bodies cared for so that we can do the work that needs to be done, but our spirits are well-maintained as well. Our strength comes from the Lord, we spend time dwelling on His Word, building up our faith.

“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”

Endurance…the ability to exert ourselves for a long period of time. We’re willing to stay up late to finish the job. How many of us can testify to staying up late to mop the floors while everyone else is sleeping?

“She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.”

Well-Rounded…a distaff is the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning. Spinning wool takes concentration and hands guided with knowledge. We use wisdom and intelligence as a guide to ALL we do, even sewing buttons on a shirt or fixing a torn pocket or balancing our checkbooks at the end of the month.

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

Charitable…we know our Bible. We know that part of our job as Christians is to see to the poor in our neighborhoods and in our church community. We know if a need arises, we try to help out by preparing food for new mothers or grieving families. We know that if we give to the poor we are giving to the Lord and He will bless us.

Tomorrow’s pearls are Provider, Well-Dressed, Wife of a Good Husband and Good Business Woman…wow!

Willing Worker, Good Manager, Industrious...

Our strand of pearls is getting longer. Today we’re adding Willing Worker, Good Manager and Industrious, verses 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”

Willing worker… with free will; without reluctance; cheerfully. We need to have a willing attitude as we go about our daily activities. This includes caring for our homes, our husbands and our children. We should try not to let our homes get out of control. We should try not to complain about the work that needs to be done.

Can you imagine what it was like for the Proverbs 31 Woman to do laundry, cook a meal or clean her house? Our husbands and children should hear us singing praises to God while working and not grumbling about how much laundry there is…a hard one for me!

Good Manager…we should be disciplined with our time. We shouldn’t linger in bed…oh how hard that can be on a cold morning! We should get up early to spend time in devotion with our Lord. We should prepare meals for our husbands and family, not expect them to fend for themselves. Plan out a weekly menu if need be so we have everything available for meals throughout the week. The Proverbs 31 Woman was willing to bring “food in from afar,” wherever the best could be found.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

Industrious…constantly, regularly active or occupied. Our husbands work hard for the income they bring into the household. We need to be careful with how we spend it. Save up for what we need…try hard not to put things on credit…save for the future.

I have it easy right now, my husband is gone most of the week, usually arriving home on Friday evenings. But when he does come home, I try very hard to have the house in order. The laundry done, ironed and put away. I try and plan out our meals in advance so there is something prepared for him. I know what he likes (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Diet Pepsi) and I try to have it available for him. Let’s try and work to make our homes a place where our husbands can’t wait to get back to at the end of a hard work day.


Virtue, Faithfulness and Goodness...

Yesterday we discussed how the many characteristics of the Proverbs 31 Woman can be compared to as pearls on the strand of our life. Today we are focusing on the pearls of Virtue, Faithfulness and Goodness found in verses 10, 11 and 12.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”

Virtuous…strength, efficiency, ability. Virtue refers to our moral strength and our strength of character. We fear God; we love the truth and hate sin. We seek God’s will for our lives and follow His way. We are strong women…made strong by our devotion to God. There are two choices for us to make as wives…either contribute to the good of our husbands or tear him down.

A virtuous woman is hard to find. Her “price is far above rubies.” Precious stones are costly because they are so rare. They are hard to find and, therefore, are worth so much. Did you know that God made the most common, everyday stones unattractive, but He made the rare stones beautiful? Just as rare stones are hard to find, so is a godly woman.

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

Faithfulness…are we trustworthy? Can our husbands trust us to take care of things while he’s at work? This can’t be said of most husbands today. Having the trust of our husband is the first step in building a strong God-honoring marriage. Our husband’s care is our concern, his comfort is our passion and his burdens are ours to relieve.

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

Goodness…kindness, generosity. We should only want God’s best for our husbands. Our lives should be a blessing to him. Do we speak kindly to him? We should never speak evil of him so that our children learn to distrust or disrespect him because of what we say. Do we silently mock him or complain about him to our friends?

I personally made verse 12 my prayer about five years ago…and what a change it has made in my marriage! Tomorrow’s pearls…WILLING WORKER, GOOD MANAGER AND INDUSTRIOUS.


As promised, I'm going to spend this week sharing the devotional I gave at our Mother/Daughter Tea in 2007. I spent most of Saturday going over it, changing it, fixing it, etc. Here is Day One...

Doing a devotional on the Proverbs 31 Woman can be terrifying! Let’s face it, we all have visions of this woman…she is a domestic goddess, a beauty queen, the perfect wife; submissive to her husband’s every whim, the “Martha Stewart” of the Bible.

How can this Proverbs 31 Woman be an example to us as wives today in the year 2009? Her example is a lot more relevant than we might at first expect. When we really begin to look further into this ancient biblical ideal of womanhood, we do not find a typical housewife occupied with dirty dishes and laundry, her days full with demands from her husband and children. More importantly, we don’t find an overly ambitious career woman who leaves her family to fend for itself either.

What we find is a strong, multi-talented, caring woman who is an individual in her own right. This woman has money to invest, servants to look after and even real estate to manage. She is her husband’s partner and she is completely trusted with the responsibility for their lands, property and goods. Her husband trusts her to run the household while he serves as a senator.

But with all her responsibilities, first and foremost, she looks to God. Her primary concern is God’s will in her life. She is a woman after God’s own heart. I read another devotional once that described the many characteristics that this Proverbs 31 Woman embodies as being “a pearl on the strand of our life.”

We’re not suddenly handed a full strand of pearls once we’re married. Some of us are only half strands, some are long strands, some are only short bracelets, but we all are a work in progress. And please understand, I’m not holding a full strand of pearls either…some days I’m barely holding one!

So let’s take a few days this week to really examine the characteristics of this remarkable woman verse by verse. Tomorrow’s pearls…VIRTUE, FAITHFULNESS and GOODNESS.

Don't forget the reason for this devotional...our Revolution!

Worship Song Sunday...

First, I'd like to welcome two new followers...Just a Gal and Debbie! I was so surprised when I came to my blog yesterday and noticed not just one, but TWO followers. Let me tell, if you want to make my day, become a follower of my blog...LOVE IT! I hope you all will stop by their blogs and leave a comment or two!

Enjoy today's song...I love this song!

Scripture Saturday...

To go along with our revolution:

Proverbs 31:11-12

The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

Let's all try and make this our prayer for the coming weeks, months, about as the verse says, "All the days of her life."

If you click on the below box, it'll bring you to another blog that has all the verses from Proverbs 31, so you can grab one and post it on your blog as well! I have the above verse posted in the left hand corner of my blog.

Two years ago, I spoke at our annual Mother/Daughter Tea. My subject was the Proverbs 31 Woman. I'm going to post parts of the devotional during the coming week so we can really get an idea of who this woman was and how we can strive to put our husbands first in our lives this year!

Come back Monday for the first part!

A Checklist...

My blogging buddy Sara is joining me in my "revolution" for our husbands. She had a great post today regarding this subject and I asked her if I could post a checklist she received from a Titus 2 Woman's Group. She keeps the checklist in her Bible and refers to it daily as a reminder of how to treat her husband.

I think the list is great and I'm going to print it out...maybe even make it into a bookmark...and put it in my Bible and check it daily as I do my devotions. I think it might even be a good idea to have one posted where our children can see it as well!

Below is the list and if you haven't visited Sara's blog, please do so! She has a great list of books also on the same subject that just might help us all out.

Obedience Checklist

Do I remember his requests?
Do I make excuses?
Am I seeking to be reverent?
Am I seeking to be helpful?
Do I forget him?
Do I seek to do him good and not evil all of his days?
Do I seek to love him?
Do I seek to bear all things with him?
Do I seek to be hopeful toward him?
Do I treat him as the lord of my home and life?
Am I trustworthy?
Do I withhold myself from him?
Do I roll my eyes at him?
Do I seek to affirm him?
Do I badmouth him anywhere?
Do I murmur in my heart against him?
Do I complain about him to others?
Do I mock him?
Do I listen to him or do I tune him out?
Do I prefer him? Does he know it?
Do I pray for him?
Am I helping him or hindering him?

And finally, here's a verse that goes along with our revolution. I love it in the King James.
Titus 2:5 "To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

If you want to join, leave a comment and post the list on your blog!

Something Funny...

Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with that expensive double-pane energy efficient kind, and today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He was complaining that the work had been completed a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.

Helllooooo? Just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast talking salesguy had told me last year, that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves!

Helllooooo? It's been a year, I told him.

There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung-up. He never called back.

Guess I won that stupid argument.

I laughed so hard when I received this in an e-mail from my cousin Traciene. Thanks Traciene! And if any of my blogging buddies are blond, please understand, it's a joke!! I'll be back to my blond in a few weeks!

Care To Join Me?

God’s will for every Christian wife
is that her most important ministry
be to her husband. (Genesis 2:18)

After a wife’s own personal relationship
with the Lord Jesus Christ,
nothing else should have greater priority.

Her husband should be the primary benefactor
of his wife’s time and energy,
not the recipient of what may be left over
at the end of the day.

Whether her husband is a faithful Christian man
or an unbeliever,
God wants every Christian woman
to be a godly wife -- an excellent wife.

~ Martha Peace ~

I want my husband to be my most important ministry. Not what I do in church, not my job, and (GASP) not my children. My husband is my precious gift and how I handle that gift reflects on the attitude of this household.

So this will be my goal for the year. To truly put my husband in the place God intended all husbands to the head of our household. I think I already do this, but I want to make a more conscious effort this year. I'm tired of husbands and fathers being portrayed as idiots in the media.

My husband works very hard for this family, not to mention our country. He deserves to be treated with respect first and foremost from me! Anyone else care to join me? If so, please copy and paste the above quote onto your blog and let's start a revolution. Leave me a comment so I can come and check out your quote!

Battlestar Galactica...

You may be thinking, WHAT? You watch that show? When it first came out my husband was crazy over this show. He tried so hard to get me into it, but all that happened was I would get completely confused.

So what's a guy to do when he wants to share something with his wife? He goes and buys the pilot on DVD and watches it with his wife and pauses it a million times to explain things and...his wife now loves the show.

So we have been fans of the show for the past few seasons. We wait for them to bring out a few more episodes, teasing us and making us wait MONTHS before they return. We have almost all the past seasons on DVD and yes, we watch them over and over again.

So the Colonel and I are pretty excited that Battlestar is returning TONIGHT. So please no phone calls, emails or anything urgent between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00. I have already warned the kids not to disturb us unless they or the house are on fire! Check it's NOTHING like the 70's show!!!

Something Fun...

I found this list on some one's blog...can't remember who to give credit to her. But I thought it would be fun to do and would love to read yours if you do one! Enjoy!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Nothing really, my life is pretty boring.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I never make them because I know I’ll never keep them!

3. Did anyone close to you die? Yes. My father.

4. What countries did you visit? Does South Carolina count? Just kidding…I have never left the country and with the new scanners at airports don’t think I will anytime soon!

5. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A straight back. (Sorry....just being honest.)

6. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 28th, the day my father fell down those stupid stairs and then May 19th, the day he died.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting back on track with dieting.

8. What was your biggest failure? Gaining weight due to my back problems.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just the stupid back problems I have!

10. What was the best thing you bought? Our new refrigerator! LOVE IT!!

11. Where did most of your money go? Mortgage, trips to Sam’s Club, building the shed, refrigerator, vacation to Myrtle Beach…I can keep going but…then the Colonel will find out a few things…just kidding!

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My beautiful new watch the Colonel gave me for my birthday.

13. What song will always remind you of 2008? "I Can Only Imagine” by Casting Crowns.

14. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? I am sadder and thinner.

15. What do you wish you’d done more of? Spend more time with my hubby out on our back porch.

16. What do you wish you’d done less of? Crying.

17. What was your favorite TV program? Top Chef and Project Runway.

18. What was the best book you read? I finally finished the series “Abram’s Daughters” by Beverly Lewis.

19. What did you want and not get? Will not even go into this one…

20. What did you do on your birthday? Went to Red Robin with my hubby, kids and my mom. Very quiet birthday…missed my dad calling and singing to me.

21. What one thing would has made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I hate to be so shallow, but really getting that new refrigerator has made life so much easier, therefore, more satisfying.

22. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Anything that doesn’t show my crookedness! Getting dressed can be very frustrating.

23. What kept you sane? God’s comforting Word and my hubby making me laugh..

24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I really enjoyed learning more about Sarah Palin, much to my sister’s distress!

25. Who did you miss? My Dad.

26. Who was the best new person you met? My new blogging friends! And I LOVE reconnecting with everyone on Facebook.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. To try and keep my mouth shut and realize that not everyone wants my opinion or wants to live in an organized house.

Another Recipe...

Are you getting sick of the recipes I share? I love looking at other blogs and finding new recipes...and I enjoy sharing them with you!

Here's a favorite...Quiche! Whenever my friends and I get together I am almost always requested to bring my quiche. They rant and rave over it and when I try to tell them how easy it is to make, they don't believe me. My friend Jen, in the white sweater above, moved to Texas last year. She loves my quiche. This recipe is for her, hopefully it'll bring back happy memories to her!

Mix together 4 eggs with 2 cups heavy whipping cream. Add 10 slices of bacon, already cooked and crumbled, one package of spinach, thawed and completely squeezed dry, and around 2 cups of cheese. I usually use cheddar.

Looking good...

Pour into an unbaked pie shell...

Bake 15 minutes at 425 then another 35 minutes at 325...

I completely forgot to take a picture of it when it came out of the oven! This one I found on line came pretty close to what your quiche should look like.

Jen was one of my closest friends here and we still keep in touch through Facebook and she follows my blog. Miss you Jen! Enjoy!

Ice Storm...

Here are some pictures of the ice storm we had last Wednesday. It was quite hard to take pictures since everything really was a sheet of ice. I had to practically hold on to Michael to get around. I'm so old!

20 minutes of TRYING to break up the ice...I gave up! Oh, and WHERE is the Colonel you might ask? He's in sunny California overseeing an exercise. Of course, he was very quick to point out to me that it wasn't exactly sunny, but overcast...poor thing and he missed the snowstorm this weekend as well! Hurry home honey!

Window box on shed...

Michael in the front yard...

Tree in the front yard...I think this looks really pretty!

Michael on his way to throw salt on Oma's driveway...such a good boy!

Since we really didn't have to go anywhere and more importantly, the power did not go out, it was rather pretty to look at! Enjoy your day!

Scripture Saturday...

Update from yesterday...Olivia passed her permit test! I actually let her drive a little bit around our neighborhood yesterday. Was quite enlightening to see my little girl who really is afraid of NOTHING show some fear. We will be spending quite some time just driving around our neighborhood before we venture out on to a main road!

She completed the test in under ten minutes! And only had one question wrong. I think she did very good.

I have one complaint...the lady at the DMV was quite rude. It's been awhile since I've actually dealt with someone THIS rude! AND, you cannot pay in cash or use a debit card. It had to be payment by check or money order. And I do not carry my checkbook with me.

So I proceeded back up to the counter to the very RUDE employee and asked her about payment and she said, "Go get a money order." She also informed me that if I don't pay today Olivia's test would be void and she would have to take it AGAIN. Well, I have NEVER IN MY LIFE purchased a money order, nor have I ever had a NEED TO PURCHASE a money order either! She said I can go down across the highway to the gas station and get one. Who knew???

So, off we went to buy a money order and all is well. Oh, except for the fight between the manager and someone who couldn't get his license. I actually started looking around for cameras to see if maybe we were on a reality TV show or something. My afternoon at the DMV was very interesting!

Today's verse is a great one for Olivia...
Psalms 91:11 "For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."

There is an enclosure around every child of God. It is a defense, fence, or wall of protection. It cannot be broken down by men or devils. It is built and sustained by God's almighty power. It is so thick a hedge and so strong a fence that no adversary could possibly break through it at any time - unless God permits.

And something to make you all laugh about this "Hedge of Protection." ENJOY!

Happy Birthday...

My Sweet Wonderful OLIVIA! 16 years ago we received a wonderful surprise...Olivia decided she could no longer wait till the middle of February to be born...she wanted to meet her mom and dad a little bit early, six weeks to be exact. She was six pounds at birth...quite big for being so early and only had to stay in the hospital an extra three days after I was released. A very hard three days! We had nothing ready for her! I thought I had all the time in the world to purchase whatever I did not receive at the baby shower...that was scheduled for the weekend she was born!

Here she is with her brother at age 5...

We had a "surprise party" for her Sunday night after Youth Meeting. She really was surprised and quite happy. Here she is with a few of her friends...

Her Oma...made cupcakes for the party!

Here she is with her Opa, she loved him so much...and she was the light of his world!
Happy Birthday my Livie Girl...WE LOVE YOU!!!

Stuffed Tomatoes...

I mentioned last week that I made a new recipe for our little party on New Year's Day...stuffed tomatoes. They were so easy to make, actually the Colonel made them! I was so behind schedule, I asked if he wouldn't mind following the recipe and put them together for me...and he didn't...and they were FABULOUS!!!

Take a bunch of plum tomatoes, we used 10, cut in half and remove seeds...

Sprinkle each half with salt and place them on paper towels so they will continue to drain...

Take a container of ricotta cheese, add garlic, parsley, etc...

Fill each tomato half...

Take a sleeve of Ritz crackers and smash them each filled tomato half into crackers, cheese side down...crackers will "stick" to the cheese mixture in the tomatoes. Place in a baking dish, drizzle each tomato with olive oil just before baking at 400 for about 20 minutes or until tomatoes are bubbly and your kitchen smells like heaven...


This was one of the most delicious recipes I've tried in a long time. We assembled them early in the morning and just before everyone came I drizzled them with the olive oil and placed them in the oven. Please try and let me know if you enjoyed them as much as we did! I'm making them again on Sunday for my daughter's birthday celebration!

Christmas Pictures...

As promised here are a few pictures of Christmas...

The Colonel and his new shirt...

What everyone else in America now has in their house...

My beautiful new purse...I LOVE IT! I have been wanting a really nice purse for quite awhile now, you know, something other than the Walmart special! And it's PINK inside!!

The greatest Christmas gifts anyone could ask for...


I hope all my blogging friends had as wonderful a Christmas as we did here!

A Fear I Have...


Worship Song Sunday...

I'm finding some great videos that just seem to speak to me so much lately. I hope you're enjoying them as well...

There Will Be a Day...Jeremy Camp

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more,
We'll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we'll hold on to you always


Scripture Saturday...

First I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for all the wonderful comments you left on my blog regarding the memories of my father. I am touched by your wonderful words of love and support!

We had a wonderful time here at the Christensen household. We made a fire, ate pizza and watched a movie. Very peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable. I tried, really tried to stay up, but was out by 10:00, but not before I fell to my knees beside my bed and poured out my heart to the Lord to really guide me this year. I am truly humbled by the amount of blessings He has given to me...I want to feel His presence more deeply in my life...I want my life to be a living testimony for Him.

So here is 2009's first Scripture Saturday...enjoy!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

I promise to be back with pictures of our Christmas and a fabulous new recipe for stuffed tomatoes!!!
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