Of Wading Ducks and Emotional Women
So what do wading ducks and emotional women have in common? Unfortunately, often very little!
We’ve all heard the phrase “Like water off a duck’s back.” We’ve all seen how ducks can merrily wade through puddles or go for a swim without it affecting their protective coat of oiled feathers.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could apply some of that oil to ourselves for life’s situations?! But it seems many times, instead of deflecting things, we sisters can be quick to “absorb” the comments and situations we encounter rather than seeing them from their proper perspective.
It’s the men who are often the example of letting the words, stinging comments, or tricky situations just fade to the background without allowing it to take them for a ride. I often look at them and wonder, “How do they do it?”
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LEAN HARD ON HIM
Today I come to you with tear-dimmed eyes. I feel my weakness and my need of leaning onJesus and learning to wait! I am so impatient. Again and again I seemto need the reminder to wait. I know it in my head, but I must understand it in my heart so that my life can live it out. So He comes to me again and again with lessons designed to teach me this truth of waiting. The poem on the right by Grace Null Crowell that I found today—after listening to a message on “Trust”—ministered just the right thing to my heart, and I thought that it might bless you too. Let me take you through the meditations of my heart and what God spoke to me.
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Learning to Become a Help Meet
“Do you and your husband understand each other? Do you even speak the same language? Sometimes I feel like I have been married to my husband for 14 years and I still do not know him.” She paused, her eyes brimming over with tears, and looked at me pleadingly as if begging me to understand and sympathize with her. “Do you ever feel that way? Please tell me you do!”
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The Wisdom of Work
Dear Mother Friends,
It seems so long since I have chatted with you. I am a grandma now twice, and my little band of followers has become much smaller. The oldest two are married. One daughter is often gone to help other mothers cope and survive, and our son is out on his lawn-mowing job. Once again our children at home daily are fourteen, twelve, nine, seven and four years old. How quickly the ten years have passed since the last five were that age! How many lessons we have learned.
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Young Ladies and Their Thought Live
It is the end of a long day, and you are beginning to feel tired. Alone in your room, there is one last thing to do before getting in bed. Holding a letter in your hands, you turn on the lamp and sit at the desk. In this quiet moment, when the day is over and night is drawing close, you slide the paper from its envelope once more.
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Stand Behind Your Man
“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, Even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, Which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, Who trusted in God, adorned themselves, Being in subjection to their own husbands: Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: Whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, And are not afraid with any amazement.” I Peter 3:4-6
Stand Behind Your Man.” The very title is enough to evoke anger in the feminist mind, but to the godly wife it is to be seen as an opportunity to glorify God. There is power and much influence that falls upon the women who take such a lowly stand. We have the precious opportunity to show forth the good qualities of our God by laying down our rights and taking the place of a servant. There are secrets hidden there that most wives will never know. Jesus set the example for us in this, and the fruit of His secrets unfolds before our eyes. Too often we sisters dishonor His name by dishonoring our husbands. By our self-centered arrogance, we spoil the picture of the Bride of Christ to our neighbors. I have done this, and probably many of you have also.
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