Monday, March 17, 2014
One of the greatest challenges of the Christian wife, is to live on her husband's income. We are constantly tempted and encouraged to earn some supplementary money. We are also bombarded with ideas for spending our money in ways that will "save" us money. It is almost comical to think that spending money equals savings on any level!
Regardless of one's financial situation, one can spend every single dime that comes in; or, one can spend less than one makes. It sounds simple in theory but is actually very difficult. It is a fight, which goes on in the mind.
We have to fight against the idea that we need more. We have to fight the temptation to buy things on impulse. A responsible, elderly adult, is not in the habit of buying on childish whims. This is a lesson we must learn.
The handling of money takes careful planning and thought. For the housewife, it should also take a feeling of contentment and an understaning of the priviledge of having the luxury to stay home in this modern world.
I have noticed recent television programs and hallmark movies. They always include a career woman, or some feminist actions on the part of the female characters. When I watch old episodes of "I Love Lucy;" "Father Knows Best:" "The Donna Reed Show;" "The Waltons;' or "The Brady Bunch" I am shocked by the shift in cultural thinking. A Study in social living is happening by simply watching the old programs and the new ones! Our way of life today is affected by the messages we are being fed through the media. We must keep our guard up to prevent a subtle change in our own homes.
Lately, I have been struggling to live on my husband's income. This is normal and happens in many homes. This morning it is fourteen degrees below zero, here in Vermont. There is a ton of snow, which shows no sign of melting. Mister took $20 of our grocery money to buy us 4 bags of wood pellets for our stove. This will last us until his next paycheck. But it leaves me with the struggle of coming up with nutritious and filling suppers for the next few days. I will get out some of my old cookbooks and think of creative ways to make do.
I have been dreaming about getting the garden ready on the back property. I am thinking about my strawberry plants and all the lovely foods I would like to grow. I look forward to the sweet warm sunshine of summer days, and hanging clothes on the line. I want to see the grandchildren enjoying the property and laughing outdoors. I am able to do these things because each day, I learn to live on Mister's income. It is not easy. It is my work, to live within the means he provides us with. It is my challenge and my victory.
I cannot express how very grateful I am to be a Christian housewife and be humbly taken care of by my husband. Despite this world that seeks riches and fame, I am grateful for the old paths my godly grandmothers tread before me, where Bible reading, prayer and humble living is our way of life.
From the Archives:
Our Heavenly Father Hears even these - Prayers Which Cannot Be Uttered.
Discretion and dedication - The Behind - the - Scenes Mother.
What would happen? - If I visit you at the dinner Hour.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email.