Archive for the ‘Wifely Fun’ Category

Baby’s Coming Soon!

April 13, 2008

Well, my wife has been doing a fantastic job keeping tabs on her blog with our preparation for the baby, who, Lord willing, shall be born into the world sometime in June! There she has some pictures of a stuffed elephant (which she crocheted), a baby blanket (which she crocheted), and the offic-ery (i.e. office/nursery). She is amazing and very gifted, as you will observe from the blog (and her life)! The Lord continues to use her in helping me to become a godly husband, and now an expectant father. What a blessing! Stop by her blog to check out the progress sometime.

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My Wife’s Blog

October 29, 2007

Indeed, my wife (Rachel) now has her own blog. I am excited about it and the ministry that I know it will become to many women. It is called “Willing Hands” from Proverbs 31:13: “She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands.” There she aims to share spiritual devotion alongside the practical outworkings of her walk with the Lord in our home and within the church (e.g. what she learned from the Scriptures, her sewing projects, her husband’s favorite recipes, etc.). Without question, she is an excellent wife and the Lord’s favor upon me. I pray that it will not only be a ministry to you guys, but to your wives as well. You will find the link under “Family and Friends” as “My Wife”.

Homemaking Tip #3

July 19, 2007

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Yes, indeed, here is another recipe. This is one that I’ve “amended” a bit, and use alot!

Stir-Fry 

1 lb boneless meat (chicken, beef, pork, deer…)
2 cloves garlic
2 small onions, cut into 8th’s
1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts (I leave this out, but if you like them, use them)
1 cup baby carrots, cut into 4th’s.
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper, plus a little
2 Tbs vegetable oil
3 cups broccoli flowerets or 1 (16 oz) bag frozen (I use frozen)
1/2 cup peanuts

To make marinade: mix 1 minced garlic clove, soy sauce, cornstarch, and cayenne pepper. Trim fat off meat and cut into strips. Add to marinade, cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes (I usually do longer).

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the vegetable oil, then marinated meat. Stir-fry until meat is no longer pink in center (about 5-6 minutes). Add onions, broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots, and other clove of garlic, minced. Also add a shake of cayenne pepper. Stir-fry 2 minutes.

Stir in the peanuts and heat through.
Serve over rice.

The S-Word

June 25, 2007

Our pastor has been preaching through Ephesians since before Bret and I started attending Redeemer ten months ago. Last week and this week, he expounded to us Ephesians 5:22-24:

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is Himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”

Now, from this very politically incorrect passage of Scripture, the Lord used Pastor Tim to teach clearly and winsomely the beautiful, biblical meaning of submission. Week One covered the meaning of submission. Week Two was today’s sermon, which was very practical, and as Bret would say, “pastoral.” It was incredibly helpful to me in evaluating whether I am fulfilling God’s command to me to submit to my own husband. Here are some of the main points and questions for us, as wives, to ask ourselves in a manner that is not legalistic, but out of love for Christ and genuine desire to obey him.

Pastor Tim said that a submissive wife:

  • Makes home a safe place with her encouragement, comfort, and understanding (Prov 31:11-12, 21-22)
  • Is trustworthy and dependable (Prov 31:11-12)
  • Maintains a good attitude (Prov 31:25-26)
  • Discusses things in a loving, open, and honest way (Eph 4:25)
  • Is content
  • Is patient, forgiving, forbearing (Col 3:12)
  • Is industrious for the sake of her husband and family (Psalm 128:3)
  • Offers suggestions, advice, counsel, and correction with respect and love
  • Cultivates inner beauty (1 Pet 3:3-5)
  • Pursues God and His glory above all
  • Builds loyalty to her husband in her children
  • Is grateful and expresses thanks often
  • Shows confidence in her husband’s decisions

Wives, are you living this before your husband?

He followed this list with three categories of questions to help wives examine themselves and their obediance to this command:

  1. What thoughts spring into my mind when I think about my husband? Are they honoring of him?
  2. How do I speak to my husband? When we’re alone? In front of the children? In public? How do I speak about him?
  3. Do I show my husband respect by my actions? In the way I listen to him?

Then he challenged us to find ten specific ways to show respect to our husbands, and then discuss the ideas with them. I haven’t done this yet, but I’m going to, and I’m so thankful for the specific direction to help me foster and portray respect to my husband.

May the Almighty God raise us up as women who out of fear and delight in the Lord, obey Him by respecting and submitting to our husbands.

Homemaking Tip #2

March 19, 2007

This is a wonderful recipe!!! Its super easy, and Bret said its the best Kung Pao Chicken he’s ever had. I got it off of www.recipezaar.com, which is my favorite recipe website.

Kung Pao Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons green onions, chopped (about 2 whole green onions)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1/3 cup roasted peanuts

Combine chicken and cornstarch in a small bowl; toss to coat.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok. Add chicken, and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink in center. Remove from heat.
In the meantime, combine rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar; mix well.
Add onions, garlic, red pepper, and ginger to skillet. Stir-fry 15 seconds; remove from heat.
Add vinegar mixture to skillet. Return chicken to skillet. Stir until chicken is well coated. Stir in nuts; heat through. Serve over hot rice. Garnish with freshly chopped green onions, if desired.

Glorifying God in Homemaking

February 1, 2007

Older women … are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, so that the word of God may not be reviled” (Titus 2:3-5)

These verses are the basis of why homemaking is important to me. They are the foundation of why I would even bother to endeaver to be good at caring for my home, and why I care to share that with others.

Part of the list of things older, godly women are supposed to train younger women to do is to work at home! And this is SO THAT the Word of God will not be reviled! What an amazing responsibility! The purpose of having these attributes, and pursueing these attitudes is uplifting the Word of God. The way women care for their homes, together with the other attributes in that list, impact the standing of the Word of God and the God of that Word in the minds of the people around us. This raises many mundane tasks from the level of chores to the level of a joyful service to my Father.

Another part of this verse that exhorts me to care for our home well is that I am to love my husband and submit to him. Now, my husband is a neat freak, and he’s really, really busy! So I love him and serve him well when I do the work of caring for our home. And this love and service is obediance to the Scripture in Titus 2.

The last reason from this verse as to why I am actually posting these tips has to do with the older women training the younger women. We should desire to do all things well and skillfully if we do them for God’s glory. So, if sharing what I have been taught enables another women to work at home more effectively so that God’s Word is not reviled, then the teaching and training that is commanded between women is also being obeyed.

My hope is that these homemaking tips will spur me and other women on to seek better and more effective ways to be workers at home and submissive lovers of our husbands for the glory of God.

Rachel’s Homemaking Hint #1

January 29, 2007

Woman cooking

Making Rice in the Oven?

I know those of you who cook are thinking to yourselves, “Is she crazy?” and those of you who don’t cook are thinking, “What’s the big deal?”.

Well, I have issues with cooking rice on the stove and it inevitably boiling over and making a HUGE mess which then bakes onto the stove while the rice finishes cooking. So the chef at work shared with me his secret for making rice.

You put the normal 2:1 ratio of water to rice in an oven-safe dish (both metal and glass work). Then add about a tablespoon of oil and some salt & pepper, or whatever seasonings you want. Then you cover the whole pan tightly with foil and let bake at 350 for about 1/2 an hour. You can tell when its done by shaking the pan- if it still sloshes around, its not done.

I used this method last night to make rice, and it turned out excellent, much more fluffy and flavorful than rice cooked on the stove. Bret loved it, and I liked avoiding the mess!