Mary in Arizona
I recently received my paperback copy of “Workers @Home” and got to the section about decluttering. Not a coincidence that God has been speaking to me about “stripping off the weight that slows me down” and that I will never get to my destiny should I not die to the things of this world. Not a coincidence that as I'm watching a program and one of the lines that spoke so vividly to me was, “Downsize-Purify-Streamline.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
That evening, I decluttered my closet and WOW, how much stuff I had accumulated. Yikes! It was such an awesome feeling that I moved on to my daughters room and we made a game of it. We then bagged up all our "valuables" and donated them to a local church. We are slowly applying the "declutter" principle to each room in our home and I feel a burden lifted with each room complete.
As a kid, I was not taught to cook or clean. One would think that having to grow up at 14 years old, that all of this cooking and cleaning business would eventually happen. It didn't. I went into survival mode, got a job to take of my baby, laced up my bootstraps and just kept going. Today, God tells me He never left me. He took me back to the delivery room where I was in extreme birth pains and so very afraid of how I would care for this baby. And He healed me of the deception from the enemy, “just keep going - YOU can do this, you don't need ANYONE.”
As a result of this, I am allowing myself to FEEL and process all of the feelings that I stuffed for so long because I had to keep going, “I didn't need anyone.” WRONG!!! I need my HH. He is helping me to understand the difference between my moments of pain, my moments of disappointment, my moments of joy and I'm gaining freedom from bondage!! I am exactly where I need to be on this journey and the timing is PERFECT. Of course it is, my heavenly Husband steers the wheel and knows what I can and can't handle. I NEED HIM AND HIM ALONE! As a result of decluttering, my Bible falls open to Ezra 3 which by the way, I had never even heard of this book in the Bible. As I read this chapter, God confirms to me, “the foundation has been rebuilt.“ I shouted and cried tears of JOY! This is real, all of it! I have become better than ok. I will get there!! I will get there with Jesus and we will exchange the BEST high five over the victories that only we could have done together!
Thank you, Erin, for the Workers@Home book ˜ it has revolutionized my life. I am preparing for a "homecoming" with my husband by preparing meal plans for each month. I also did a "clean sweep" of my storage unit, using the note card system, and now I feel like a caged bird who has been set free! I cannot explain how messy and sloppy I was before ˜ another major source of contention. I have since realized how wrong I was and how important a clean home is to my husband. I give all the glory to God for changing my ways!
Thank you, Erin, the Thiele family, and all those involved in Restore Ministries, for your prayers and your wonderful resources. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness and mercy to me, and for giving me contentment when it seemed impossible to find. Amen!
When I found RMI, I was broken and looking for the truth. I found this ministry just when I needed it, which confirms that the Lord’s timing is perfect. I couldn’t take the RMI courses right away so I read books like Workers@Home about keeping up with my home -- another part of His plan to restore my marriage so that when my husband returned our home just recently it was welcoming!
Got my 2nd W@H book! If you are like me, it is about time that I got a new W@H—mine is splattered with batter and stained with grease from over use!! It took longer than usual because I wanted this perfect for my children and me to use, AND I wanted it spiral bound for easy use!
Alma in Washington
Praise God for His Good Deeds! I thank the Lord that He gave an opportunity to meet again with my friend (the parent whose son goes to the same school my son goes). Before we met at the coffee place, I asked the Lord to show me and talk through me to this friend about His wonderful works and to show me how to talk to her about the Ministry.
So during our talk, she asked me how I did I come across these thoughts about women being workers at home. So I mentioned that it is written in the Bible in the Book of Titus in particular, and I was able to talk about the Ministry and sent her through email the verse about women/mothers as homemakers. She thanked me for words from God being shared to her.
Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV) “...the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
I pray: “Thank You Lord for giving me the knowledge, wisdom and understanding and through the power of the Holy Spirit, I was able to share Your wonderful works and spread the Good News! Please Lord let me continue this work to women who are "thirsty of Your Words! Amen!”
Thank you Erin and the Ministry who help guide me and where I learn the principles found in RYM and Wise Women to increase my understanding of these principles through the lessons provided to us! Praise The Lord!
After reading this book I totally decluttered and cleaned my house, and all that anyone can talk about are the changes that are happening in my life!
Phyllis, RESTORED in Vermont
The turning point of my restoration was several months after I walked through the fiery furnace. My EH never moved out, as he wanted to do, the OW became bitter as wormwood before my eyes, and the walls were completely down. The Lord began allowing my EH and I to date again, with date nights to the movies, lunch or dinner, fitness club, and even a weekend away without our son.
During this time, I got deeper into His Word and I took my 3x5 cards and did an in depth Bible study on them - one per night. He directed me to reread certain chapters of the Wise Woman Book - Gentle and Quiet Spirit, Winning Without a Word and Created Female. Yes, I did read these chapter before, but I didn't go deeper - I didn't truly act upon these chapters. The Lord also directed me to read other books and devotionals that were in line with Wise Woman and Workers at Home Books that emphasized how to be the kind of wife the Lord needed me to be for my EH. Not only did the Workers at Home book help me get my home ready for my husband to return, it also allowed me to go deeper into His Word. Every day I thank God for Erin's blind obedience to God to carry out His Master Plan of this ministry. I hope that I can be just as encouraging to others, as others have been to me to be ready!
Ladies, please remember that God hand picked each one of us. It is no accident that we have all found ourselves on this road, entering through this narrow gate. "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14). Don't just stay outside of the gate peeking in. Enter in to see what's behind it and get to work. Yes, it's painful at times, and lonely and dark, but well worth it. Use this time to get closer to our HH. The only way to find true happiness, contentment and to live life abundantly is through our HH. C.S. Lewis, a Christian author once wrote "Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him." Let your home reflect what He's doing on the inside of you!!
This book is the best book I have ever read bar none!
Mandatory resource for restoring your marriage!! The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1, NIV. Before coming here, I was foolish and tore my house down. I was pregnant with my third child. My EH was completing his Master’s degree part-time while also working full-time as an Enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps. I was completely overwhelmed with life. Nothing, not one thing, was going right professionally, financially, emotionally or spiritually. I was just a mess. I was frustrated with the demands that life had placed on me. And because of my EH’s military orders, I was away from my family. I had to work to supplement his income, and I had to remain flexible to meet the ebb and flow of his demanding career and I was angry about it. What I did not realize is that my HH allowed this war to rage inside of me in order to teach me how to “die to self,” and build my life upon the Rock.
That's why I highly recommend to every woman the How God Can and Will Restore Your Marriage and the Workers at Home as mandatory resources for restoring your marriage!!
Once God saw I was ready (and so was my home) my restoration happened quickly and suddenly. One day my EH was planning to move out and on with his life, and then the very next day he wasn’t. It is as if we never had this rough patch in our marriage. My EH doesn’t even speak about it and instead is planning our life and our future together as a family. He wants us to start our own business from our now clean and well run home.
This book totally changed my life.