Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The reason for the title

Well, I suppose the time has come to write about why I titled my blog "Diligence Without Fear." I could have done it earlier - but I don't actually get much time to write. Which is a blessing - I do not regret the uses to which my time IS put!

Diligence without fear is a phrase that occurred to me several months ago in connection to our current circumstances and the difficulties I face in dealing with them in a godly way. It can be a temptation to either trust God to care for us and become careless myself, or to feel the need to be diligent and become paralyzed with (or overly driven by) fear and lack of faith. The latter is particularly difficult for me! In truth our calling is to trust in God for all of our provision - and so doing work at our calling with all our might, without fear snarling at our heels. This should be obvious, but it isn't always, at least to me.

So my current focus is doing what I am supposed to do and leaving our road in God's loving hands. Homemaking is a glorious calling, but is it easy to lose vision and become discouraged and fretful, especially in hard times. It is important to find refreshment through the Bible, prayer, fellowship - and to not beat ourselves up that it is hard (impossible!) for a mom with a growing brood to accomplish these things in the same way as her neighbor.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

the things you never think of..

It's always fun to have one's assumptions challenged, isn't it? And even when you really get used to challenging your own assumptions routinely, every once in a while you open your eyes to a new one you never even knew you had.

In a minute I'll post an excerpt from an article on one of my favourite websites, http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com. The article is on feminine dress, and while I may not totally agree with the premise that slacks are inherently unfeminine in our current culture, I love the article anyway since I am certainly partial to dresses.

Anyway, haven't we grown up thinking that everybody knows what sheer idiot vanity the idea of a corset was? The only possible reason someone would wear a corset would have to be out of such pinheaded vanity that they would rather appear thin than be able to breathe. Right?

Well, maybe not. Here is the excerpt:

"Modernists mock the old Victorian stays and corsets, while wearing spandex and jeans that are just as form-fitting and even tighter than the undergarments of the past. One reason women feel uncomfortable in dresses is that they are used to wearing these tight clothes and feel rather unprotected and cold when they wear a dress. Their tight jeans make their figures feel pulled together, well-shaped, and firm. If you have difficulty feeling trim and neat in a dress, invest in foundations that will make you feel well-dressed and comfortable.
" - Mrs. Stanley Sherman

One thing that I try to communicate to my kids is that there is always another side! Perhaps the corset idea was founded in modesty and comfort? What a shocking idea!