Monday, April 15, 2013

Domestic Warfare

Today we have a special guest post by Bambi: 

A soldier, she is a wife. A mother. A homemaker.

In her home she’s on the front lines of the battle. She may be criticized and marginalized in some churches, social circles and certainly by the media. But her resolve is firm, her vision is clear and she’s set her sights on fulfilling her mission:  to be faithful in the task of glorifying God in the design He set forth for womanhood.

With an undistracted, focused goal she clearly recognizes the tactics of the enemy to blur the lines of gender, or to make her think that her occupation at home isn’t one of importance. She knows that the next generation of Kingdom builders is shaped by her words and example. She debunks the myth that some areas of life “are neutral.”

She seeks to fill the minds of her children with scripture and lead by her example that life is no playground, it’s a battleground.

No, her position isn't in America's military.  She engages in spiritual battles, wrestling "against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Eph. 6:12

Many times the battle is too hard for her. Her hands grow weary to the task and her aim isn’t steady. But God. He is faithful when she isn’t. Her General is aiding her in combat, by His Spirit. She falls and He picks her up and bandages her bruised knees and scraped elbows. The righteous fall seven times and yet rise again…Prov. 24:16

She determines to hold firmly to the faith, putting her confidence in Christ. When temptations arise, she goes to Him, telling Him all of her struggles. There she finds grace in her time of need, not allowing any spark of sin to smolder. Sin will not gain a toehold in her heart.

Her enemy is stronger than she, but as a good warrior does, she perseveres in the struggle.

By God's grace alone she will submit to the authority of her imperfect husband.

By God's grace alone, she will seek to make a beautiful home.

By God’s grace alone she will speak with the law of kindness on her tongue when she would rather answer with a critical spirit in her heart.

By God’s grace alone she will settle the sibling squabbles in a Biblical fashion when she wants to pull her hair out instead.

By God’s grace alone she will train the little kingdom in her home, to serve the highest One, seeking the Kingdom of God first and all His righteousness.

 A simultaneous Saint and sinner, Bambi was saved by grace through faith. She’s a helpmeet to her high school sweetheart and together they are sharpening eight arrows for the glory of God. Bambi spends her days homeschooling, cleaning up messes (external and internal), changing diapers, kissing boo-boos, reading books, and a million other duties she wouldn’t trade for the world. Bambi loves being a keeper at home and shares about her journey of grace in marriage, motherhood and family discipleship on her blog In the Nursery of the Nation. She is passionate about encouraging younger women to depend on Christ alone for their salvation, sanctification and to depend on His Word for the strength and wisdom required for marriage and motherhood.

Encouraged here?
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Anonymous said...

I LOVE this, thank you for that encouragement!

Anonymous said...

I have been struggling for a while about where I am supposed to be as a mother and wife. Your story helped me see clearly that I am right where I need to be. Keep doing what you are doing. Thank you so much for the insight and encouragement today. ~~~ misty

Heather Q said...

Thank you for this. I am struggling with handling everything here in the home as my husband prepares to deploy again with the army. Panic and fear have replaced peace and happiness. I keep praying though.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much.

catholicmom said...

Beautifully written! I love the painting at the top of this post too. Do you perchance know the artist?

Nikell said...

This is a really good post!! I recently found your blog and will be visiting and reading on a regular basis.

Cheryl L Stansberry said...

Thank you for these beautiful words.

Anonymous said...

Thank You. Today was a rough battle for me as a mother of youngsters just touching the edges of the harsh reality of our world. Thank you for your uplifting words.

Lacey Shaw said...

Wow, can't wait to share this with my bible study ladies this morning! Thank you for the encouragement.

Copper + Cream said...

Fantastic post!!! Thanks for this encouragement...I needed this today!

Anonymous said...

Yay! You nailed it again Bambi! Thank you. I have recently made the decision to homeschool my children and for us it means me quitting my VERY part time, mostly from-home job. Lately I have been questioning my decision and wondering if I should even be trying. Thank you for lifting me up again and for letting God speak through you!

Lacey said...

Wow, this pierced my heart! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

Praise Jesus <3

Unknown said...

This encouraged me SO much. Thank you for your forthrightness and encouragement.


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