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What are the boundaries

To Christian Young Ladies

What should the relationship between a young lady and a young man be like?

What are the boundaries, and what can they talk about? Can they talk about emotional, personal, or spiritual things and questions; or should they stick to surface topics like the weather or social observations?

These questions were asked by a friend, which inspired me to share some things that God has graciously taught me in my own life.

I cannot answer these questions inside and out, but I will share what I have learned over the years. I pray that what I share will inspire and stir young ladies on to higher ground.

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That they  may teach the young women...The Sisters' Corner


Grace Null Crowell

If but one message I may leave behind,
One single word of courage for my kind,
It would be this, oh brother, sister, friend.
Whatever life may bring, what God may send—
No matter whether clouds lift soon or late—
Take heart and wait!

Despair may tangle darkly at your feet,
Your faith be dimmed, and hope, once cool and sweet
Be lost—but suddenly, above a hill,
A heavenly lamp, set on a heavenly sill,
Will shine for you and point the way to go—
How well I know!

For I have waited through the dark and I
Have seen a star rise in the blackest sky,
Repeatedly—it has not failed me yet.
And I have learned, God never will forget
To light His lamp. If we but wait for it—
It will be lit!


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD. Ps. 27:14



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A Servant's Role

The Sister's CornerThat they may teach the young women . . .

What is a servant’s heart? This question can best be answered by a look at our Master’s life. Jesus came to earth, leaving the glories of Heaven and life with the Father to serve us. He lived it out every day in a very practical way, perhaps just so that you and I can understand and see the reality in the call to serve. First, He obeyed the Father. “I must do the will of Him that sent me.” Jesus implicitly carried out every order in loving obedience. He could never have done this without communion with His Father. We follow Him as He spent time alone in prayer and meditation after especially busy and trying times. Why? So that He could know the will of His Father which was in Heaven. Then, filled with the fullness of the Spirit, He would go out and serve some more, just pouring Himself out for others. He could never have served so untiringly if He had not been in touch with God. Finally, He returned all the glory and praise to the Father which sent Him.

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Meditations on the Book of Esther for the God-fearing woman

Part 1
Vashti - the foolish plucketh down her house with her hands.

And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan: For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.
(Est 1:16-22)

These words were written after an ungodly, fierce, drunk king ordered his queen to be paraded before many other drunk nobles to brag with her. Yet the wisdom of Memucan rings the same clear bell as in the new testament where Paul exhorts Titus regarding the ministry of the aged women: 

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The Heart of the Matter



I have been thinking a lot about the verse, “And yet I show unto you a more excellent way.” (1 Co. 12:31) What is this way? It is the way of perfect love. We knew that all the time, didn’t we? But what does Paul really mean and why does he feel a need to say it that way? I have been pondering all this, then last night God dropped a tiny book into my hands, Love—The Greatest Thing in the World, written by Henry Drummond. As I was listening to someone read it aloud, I realized that what the author was saying was the answer to my ponderings. I will quote from the book, changing the old English form somewhat.

Again He says, “Love is the fulfillment of the law.” Did you ever think what He meant by that? In those days, men were working hard to earn their passage to Heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments and the 110 commandments that they had manufactured out of the Ten. Christ came and said, “I will show you a more simple way. If you do that one thing, you will do all these 110 without ever thinking about them. If you love, you will unconsciously fulfill the whole law.” You can readily see for yourselves how that must be so. Take any of the commandments. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” If a man loves God, you will not need to tell him that. Love is the fulfilling of that law. “Do not take God’s name in vain.” Would a man ever dream of taking His name in vain if he really loved God? Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Would he not be too glad to have one day in seven to dedicate more exclusively to the object of his affection? … You would never dream of urging him not to covet what his neighbor had. He would rather they possessed it than himself. In this way, “love is the fulfilling of the law.” It is the rule for fulfilling all law, the new commandment for keeping the old commandment, Christ’s one secret of the Christian life.

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A Precious Gift

{rokbox title=|A Mother :: A Precious Gift| size=|337 444|}images/stories/A Mother.jpg{/rokbox}God’s gifts are always good and given for a blessing. Praise be to Him. A prudent wife is from Him .Prov 19:14. Whoso findeth a wife ...obtain favor of the Lord Prov.18:22. 

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God Needs Praying Mothers

Myron Weaver family

Though God is calling Christians everywhere to pray, this little article is specifically to call Christian mothers to daily, earnest, believing prayer.

God said repeatedly, “Ask and you shall receive,” and He modeled the asking after a child’s asking his father for what he needs and wants. This is an object lesson that all mothers should surely be able to understand. How our hearts yearn after our children. How we desire to give them what they need and want. We understand a mother’s heart, and most of us watch a father’s heart as our dear husbands work with our children. Why then do we find it difficult to pray? Why do we worry and fret? Why are we anxious? Why do we take so long to understand our place of prayer?

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Learning to Become a Help Meet

“Do you and your husband understand each other? Do you even speak the same language? Sometimes I feel like I have been married to my husband for 14 years and I still do not know him.” She paused, her eyes brimming over with tears, and looked at me pleadingly as if begging me to understand and sympathize with her. “Do you ever feel that way? Please tell me you do!”

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