January 15, 2010

helpmeet cheat sheet

I don't know who the original author is, but if someone else does, 
please tell me and I will properly credit them.

1. Refuse to miss a day of Bible Reading
Do not read in front of your husband –
keep it private so that you don’t appear more spiritual.

2. Pray before reading your Bible, “Open my eyes, Lord.”

3. Teach the Word to your children

4. Make a commitment to prayer.

5. Make a habit of prayer.

6. Acknowledge any sin God reveals to you and confess it to the Lord.

7. Pray for your husband.

8. Pray for your children.

9. Seek to know your God-given role as a wife and mother.

Find books, sermons on CD or DVD and study and meditate on God’s Word and
the teachings that apply to the most important things in your life: being a wife
and mother!

10. Keep a song of praise in your heart at all times.

11. Keep a prayer in your mind at all times.
“Lord, be with me at work at this moment and let me be a testimony.”
“Lord, give me the energy to joyfully do my job for just five more minutes.”
“Lord, thank you for the home you have provided me.”
“Lord, thank you for this hot running water.”
“Lord, thank you for a husband and children. Help me to be the wife and mother
You want me to be.”
“Lord, bless my child and help her to grow to be a strong Christian.”
“Lord, bless my husband wherever he is at this moment.”
“Lord, I am so angry right now, I’m just going to tell you about it.”
“Lord, I am so hurt right now, I’m just going to tell you about it.”

12. Study and know your husband.

13. Be a servant to your husband.
"Let me get that!
(water, keys, coat, shoes, seconds at dinner, ketchup, dessert, the remote, a snack, a tool, etc.)"
Keep his clothes clean and put away so that they are easy to find.
Keep his “area” neat (favorite chair, desk, his side of the bed, his toiletries)

14. Follow his leadership at the slightest opportunity (where to eat out, how to handle a home
situation, whether or not to go somewhere, whether or not to buy something, what to
watch on TV, how to fix something, etc.)

15. Readily accept his advice for any situation and acknowledge that it is good advice, and
thank him for it.

16. Don’t be contentious or resistant to him in your spirit.

17. Don’t embarrass your husband (your speech, appearance, behavior, neglect of your
family or home)

18. Prepare for his arrival each day (make sure his first perception of the house is that it is
clean—even if it’s only the entry way and the area where he sits to relax, have a smile on
your face, freshen your hair, clothes, or make-up, have the children clean and occupied,
and have a smile on your face.)

19. Never belittle him or make cutting remarks of any kind, even in jest.

20. Speak a sincere word of praise or appreciation whenever possible:
“I don’t understand how you can fix a car like that. I’m completely clueless.”
“Thank you for fixing that. I’m so fortunate to have a husband who can do that.”
“Absolutely you made the right decision.”
“You are absolutely right.”
“You couldn’t have handled that (work situation, etc.) better.
“That was very smart.”
“That was totally the right thing to do.”

21. Meet his gaze showing your love and acceptance of him—do not avert your eyes to show
your hurt or disapproval and to punish him.

22. Respond readily to his physical affection.
Do not be stiff when receiving a hug or a kiss.
Do not resist sexual advances: Pray instead. God will provide the grace.

23. Offer a warm hug, a warm smile, and an unexpected kiss of approval and appreciation.

24. Do not be financially independent. Let him control the finances.
Even if you have always controlled and balanced the checkbook, start checking
with him on budget amounts and spending decisions. Immediately concede to his
input of any kind.
Look for every opportunity to praise his wise financial decisions.
Do not spend his money foolishly—make sure he never has to worry about how
his wife will spend his money.
Check with him on any purchase that is not a necessity.
Do not argue or resist his financial decisions, even if you know they are bad ones.
Pray instead.
(Your silence and support is actually more powerful of an influence
—try it and you will see!)
Remember that whatever decision your husband makes, it is God’s will for you.
Your resistance and interference will actually cause more problems.

25. Do not take matters into your own hands. Defer to your husband’s decisions whenever

 26. Do not be your husband’s conscience.

27. Do not nag. Ever. It is never a life or death matter.

28. Show loyalty to him at all times.
Never seek counsel outside of him without his approval.

29. Encourage and wholeheartedly support any idea or goal he shares with you.

30. Listen with your eyes, your ears, and be aware of your body language. It doesn’t matter
how busy you are. He cannot talk forever. Stop and listen and show him he is important
to you and that you support him.

31. Share his excitement over anything.

32. Laugh at his jokes

33. Look at him with admiration when he is around his peers to inspire their respect. (It is
your job from the Lord to reverence him and to make him look good at all times.)

34. Always seek to make him look successful.

35. Spend the time and effort needed on your appearance because it shows you reverence
your husband.

36. Dress to please your husband.

37. Dress modestly so he does not worry that you may be trying to attract other men.

38. Remember what your husband likes:
Cook his favorite meals.
Keep his favorite snacks handy.
Keep his favorite beverages handy.
Keep his remote handy and the batteries working.
Wear clothing you know he likes on you.
Wear your hair the way you know he likes.
Wear a perfume you know he likes.

39. Care for your clothes and his clothes. Eliminate unused clothes.

40. Create order in his environment (one step at a time is fine)
Organize the bathroom cabinets
Organize his socks and underwear and keep it that way.
Make a permanent and tidy place for his pocket stuff (wallet, keys, change,
receipts, screws, batteries, business cards).
Keep track of his “stuff” however you can

41. Keep the home free of clutter

42. Train your children to be neat, clean and organized

43. Keep a meek and quiet spirit

44. Do not speak in anger

45. Stop a backbiting tongue by silence (Proverbs 26:20)

46. Ask your husband your spiritual questions.

47. Expect nothing from him (put all your expectation for fulfillment on the Lord, especially
in moments where you feel empty or alone)

48. Do not have the “marriage is teamwork and you’re not pulling your share” attitude. YOU
commit 100% to your husband, regardless of how you think he is performing (you will
only answer to God in the end for the kind of wife you were to your husband).

49. Learn to prioritize (quick prayers often clear up moments or days of confusion).

50. Organize one drawer, shelf, or area a day until your home has a place for everything and
everything in its place—then keep it there.

51. Train the children so that they make him proud.

52. Train the children to love him and respect him.

53. Never say a bad word about your husband to your children. Don’t even suggest in any
way to them that he is not the “dad” he should be.

54. Do not try to solve any of his problems without his consent.

55. Overlook his faults.

56. Overlook his little mistakes.

57. Overlook his big mistakes.

58. Forgive any offense that hurts you as quickly as you can (urgent prayer will take care of
this—pray until you feel your anger subside and your pleasure in your husband return.
At first this may take a few days. After a while, you will cut it to a few hours. With
continued practice, you will be able to forgive, with prayer and God’s help, within a few
minutes to a few seconds)

59. Remember DAILY back to the beginning of your relationship and all the things that
attracted you to him. Recall the smiles you had for him them and smile them all again.

60. Stop for one minute and thank the Lord for your husband.

61. Pray for God to bless your husband as the leader of your home and as the provider for
your family.

62. Smile.

63. Laugh.

64. Have joy.

65. Be lighthearted and create a lighthearted mood in your home.

66. Make him proud of his home, his wife, and his children.

67. Make sure that he would be proud to invite his boss to dinner.

68. Ask him for advice whenever you can, and always take it seriously—and tell him what
good advice it is.

69. When he tells you about his work, tell him how good he is at his job, in his position, and
praise his strengths at work (his leadership, his diligence, his honesty, his integrity).

70. Try to make all your words positive.

71. Never talk bad about his friends or coworkers. Do not affirm when he talks bad about
someone. You can nod sympathetically, but do not verbally agree.

72. Do not be negative.

73. Keep your speech clean and pretty—becoming to a lovely wife with a sweet spirit.

74. Do not correct him. Especially in front of others. Let it go unless your life is on the line.

75. Do not criticize him about anything. Not even about a shirt, how his hair looks, how he
spends his time, what he spent his money on, or…anything.

76. Pray for God’s strength and grace whenever—WHENEVER—you feel tired, angry, or
that you just can’t do it. Even if it means praying 2,000 times a day. All you have to say
is one word, “HELP!” He will.

77. Pray for God to reveal to you the opportunity to do something on this list whenever

January 12, 2010

Making Pancake/Waffle Syrup at Home

I found the following recipe on FB. It is from Jonnie McCoy’s book: Miserly Moms Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy.

2 cups sugar
1 Cup water
1 tsp mapel extract 

Bring the water and sugar to a slow boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat before it comes to a boil. Add the maple extract. Store in the refrigerator.

If you like it thicker, replace half the water with Karo syrup.

There is a HUGE difference in expense.
Here is what Jonni Calculates:
Homemade 30 Cents
Store Bought $4.20

January 10, 2010

15ft and larger icicles in Texas

Hubby, aka my"Sparky", had to go down to Lampasas, TX this weekend to fix the machinery/wires/circuits...electric somethings in a rock quarry for the asphalt plant his company does work for. The quarry boss was afraid with our bitter cold temps of late that the water pipes used to keep the dust down on the rock crusher would freeze so he kept the water running.

This is what Hubby saw when he got there Saturday morning...

The crew working that morning said these were the "new ones" as they had knocked down icicles TWICE this size earlier. For a size reference this equipment is around 50ft tall at the peak.

This makes me think of a cathedral the way the sun is streaming through the ice
Same view just a little later in the day

Hubby wished he could get up closer and take pics but he didn't want a trip to the hospital that day.
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