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Sunday, July 8, 2012

GIVING: Sharing a household

-gives a protion of meat unto her maidens
-stretcheth out her hand to the poor and reacheth forth her hands to the needy

This is a Proverb's 31 series posting 

Are you on a tight budget?  Are you in an area that is not safe?  Do you have a high risk of being forced to work outside the home simply for shelter?  Are you married into an immoral family where it would be more dangerous for your kids to leave them alone with the family than to take the chance to stay at home with them?

If you answered "YES" to any of he above statements, you may need to humble your self and live in another household with another family!!!  AHHHH! some of you may say.  I would NEVER WANT to live with my in-laws or return home to the family I was raised in.  But my question is this, is it worth scrapping your moral convictions all for the sake of "keeping up with the Jonses."  God has a permanent solution for the moral problems of our society all related to the problem of financial greed and gain produced by mere men.  That solution is to TRUST him to provide a shelter.

For the past two years, we have trusted God when it came to following he command to "be fruitful and multiply"  This has left us in derision as we had no home of our own to live in.  I have found that the ONLY solution to this problem is to stay home with my children and to be available to help my husband.  We have had to move in with in-law grandparents in order to make ends meet.  In fact, it has been VERY difficult at times because of my knowledge of their sin-nature and theirs of mine.

If you are in the situation of shared housing here are some pointers to remember:
1. Remember GOOD etiquette to ease the burden of human relations and social problems.  For example: say please, thank you, keep silent when you wish to share a truth about their sin-condition etc.
2. If the home owner does not want to synchronize meal times with you, instead you may camileonize (chameleon is that creature in God's creation that changes color in different environments) the time.  For example: Eat Lunch at 2:00 instead of 12:00 so that messes are not as large or contained by the immediate nuclear family)
3. If the religious beliefs are controversial or of a different nature (even those professing Christ can have differences about the truth) you MUST always remember to over come evil with good and feed thine enemy.
4. Remember that life on this earth is temporary, so seek ways to find "space" away from other people and have fellowship with Christ alone.
5. If in-laws or the other family who owns the household does not follow your and/or moral convictions regarding discipline of children, remember to remain under GRACE.  Even if the home is filled with beer cans, filthy TV shows, foul language you must consider the price of sin that Christ had to pay in order to get men out of their sin-filled lifestyles.  You CAN stand up and say, "I DO NOT want you to treat this child that way" etc etc, but their moral decisions are a fruit of their lifestyle of which a sheep can do nothing in the middle of a pack of wolves.  Remember that if we are dead in the flesh SATAN WILL tempt your children, perhaps may even KILL your children.  You ARE SERVING the Living God by being a martyr in this wicked world.
6. Remember to submit to husband and smile at him often praise him in front of the other family who owns the household.

Hope those tips help.  We must be strong in the face of the lion of this world.

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