Book of the Month

Book of the Month: “Women Living Well” Part II

Hello everyone! This is the second part of my book review of “Women Living Well” you can read the first part of it HERE. So let’s jump right into the second part. Thank you so much for reading.

Your Parenting

Now most of you probably know this but I am not a parent, but God willing Karl and I eventually would like to start a family. With all this in mind, I still was able to glean so much information and wise application out of this section. As a wife, it is so important for me to prepare myself for the future. For example, Karl and I both want kids, so as a wife right now I need to be cultivating a humble and patient spirit. So when our ‘little blessings’ come it will be easier for my first response to be a gentle one.

Her main focus in these chapters is realizing your importance in your children’s lives. We must strive to be godly examples now and when we have kids. They will follow your example. We have to examine ourselves and see if there are areas that need improvement. With this in mind, we can proclaim God’s work through our actions and words; we can be “one generation proclaiming it {God’s word} to the next.”

In the following chapters, she discusses the habit of our parent’s sins becoming our own. I can see the sin of stress overwhelming me or the sin of a judgmental attitude creeping up in my thoughts. We must not pass these sins onto our children. We as mothers, with the help of the Spirit, strive to kill these sins that so often pop up in our lives. Her quote in this next chapter really struck me, she says, “My children will only be as disciplined with their emotions as I am with mine.” Ouch, how often do I let my emotions dictate my actions? Thankfully we have a gracious Savior who has given us the Spirit to help us. Only through God’s help can we do this though, we must remember that. We must die to self.

The Digital Age:

With computers and smartphones, the Bible and other Christian resources are more accessible than ever. Praise the Lord! But that also means many more sinful and evil things are now accessible as well. As parents (or future parents) we have a greater responsibility to protect and educate our children about media and the internet. For me personally, I feel like there is a laxness in the church about what is ok and not ok in the realm of the internet. I know many people, who I would call wonderful Christians, who watch horribly sinful shows. And I would just like to say that I definitely struggled with this as well and I still do, but we are called to live a set-apart life and that means all parts of our life. So through prayer and God’s guiding hand, I changed what I watched. I had wasted countless hours watching garbage when instead I could have been using that time productively. Her quote in the book, “garbage in, garbage out” really pushed me to take the next step. It was hard, but looking back I can see a definite improvement in my life.

Ok, so back to the book… that was quite the sidetrack! In this digital age, we must set boundaries and guidelines. These guidelines though must be given in love. We must… “fully explain why they had made the rules they had, and they accepted me unconditionally.” It is so important that we shower our children with love and let them know that our affection isn’t bought by their obedience. This is a lot, I know, but God has promised us great blessings in his word.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”1  Let these words motivate you and encourage you to become the godly mother/wife/businesswoman that God desires you to be. There’s so much more in these chapters that I would love to discuss, but I probably shouldn’t write a book about it quite yet!

Your Homemaking

This subject is probably one of my favorite ones, simply because it’s my job. My life is not one specific job; it is a plethora of random tasks, and honestly, I love it so much. But these random tasks can often become monotonous. We must remember our calling as wives and live in light of it. She starts off this chapter with a quote from one of her good morning girls. “…the work we do each day should be with God’s glory in mind.” How encouraging is this thought? All of our mundane and often unappreciated acts are for God’s glory. And as a Christian woman that is our entire goal of life, to simply glorify God. I know many of the women reading do have full-time jobs though, but that does not change our calling as Christian women. It is possible to be a wife who works and who makes their home a haven; I have seen many examples of women who do this, including my mom.

As women, one of our goals in life is to make our home, wherever we might live, into a haven. We should strive to make our home a place of refuge and a place to recharge. That, unfortunately, has a lot to do with our emotions. If we let our emotions dictate how we greet our husband after work we’re probably going to be in trouble…Our emotions cannot dictate our actions, especially when it comes to our home. We must strive forward, with help from the Spirit, to create a home that is welcoming and relaxing. We must as she put it, be “engaged and enjoyable.” Through our homemaking, we can grow in holiness. This holiness will be our example to our kids and hopefully, our lives will lead them to saving faith.

As you read this I want to take a moment to encourage you all. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for Christ’s work in our lives. He gives us the strength necessary to fight our sin nature that so easily overtakes us at certain moments. God gives us the ability to show the fruits of the spirit. We will never be perfect in any aspect, but that doesn’t deter us from striving towards the goal. If you have not yet, I really do encourage you to check out this book. It has been very beneficial to me.

Redeemed By the King

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  1. Lamentations 3:22-23



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