Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Wife Who Does Not Complain

Peace and Plenty, 1871, Currier and Ives.

We all want a peaceful, happy home. The greatest advice I can offer is for a wife to avoid murmuring, mumbling and being discontent.

A wife who does not complain is a virtuous asset to her husband.

I was reading about the life of a famous Rabbi,  "The Story of The Chofetz Chaim" (Artscroll Youth Series). He was well known and well respected, even though he did nothing that would be considered great by the world. He lived humbly and simply and devoted his time to the study of Torah and living a godly life. He often said that his success in life was because of his wife, saying, "she was satisfied with dry bread and never asked for nice clothes or beautiful furniture and the like."

How often do we wives wish we had nicer things around us? How often do we sigh and say, aloud, that we need prettier, newer clothes? How often do we make our husbands feel as if they are not good enough providers?

If we could only remember that we are pilgrims and strangers on this journey, and stop being so distracted by the glitter of the world around us, perhaps then we will have a true eternal perspective.

Mrs. White

From the Archives:

Beautiful Encouragement for those with limited means - All of God's Children Have Shoes.

For Richer or Poorer -   The Housewife Contract.

Is it true? Only Rich People Have Clean Houses.

Find Home-keeping Inspiration, in Mrs.White's book - For The Love of Christian Homemaking.  Paperback, 274 pages.


Always Learning said...

Such a wonderful reminder! Godliness with contentment is great gain...

jeana said...

This is a hard balance for me because I don't want to spend our money on these things so much, but I do want to look and feel like I'm put together and nice and femine for my hubby. I've prayed about it and talked with my husband, and we've decided that every few months I can get a few things I'm needing or wanting, the rest of the time the money goes to savings or whatever is needed.
Thanks for sharing the book! We are starting to study the Torah and I have never felt so close to God in my life! I'd love to read his story.

LeAnn said...

Thanks for the thoughts today;it was a great reminder.
Blessings to you and keep on enjoying the moments.

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

I'm sure this has hit a nerve with many of us. I'm guilty. I'm going to go before the LORD in repentence.

Thank you.
Laura Lane

Far Above Rubies said...

Wonderful reminder, friend. Thank you.

Finding Purpose in the Pain said...

Thank you for the reminder to not complain. It is something I am always asking the Lord to help me with.

I found you thru WLW!


Sarah Coller said...

Conviction!!! Ugh... :) Thanks for the encouragement!

Anonymous said...

But what if your "grumbling" comes from just wanting your husband to one day off per week, after working long days, nights, no holidays, etc.? I am struggling in this area as my husband is self employed. He is rarely home right now. I am caring for 7 children, homeschooling and running the household (which I do love to do but I am a bit tired right now). Please give me some advice to change my attitude. I have Scriptures posted so I do not grumble but I am needing the husband of mine to focus on the family and that is not happening as he just is working, working working.